The Little Fighter

I was in Santa Barbara, just waking up this past February. My friend Natalie got a call from Jen, our youth pastor's wife and friend. Natalie got off the phone, obviously serious. "Sarah has cancer." Little Sarah had been having trouble walking and after a myriad of tests, she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma.

News like that is terribly sad, difficult and could be devastating. But, I have watched Sarah's parents absolutely cling to God in this time of need. They have such hope - not in doctors, or medicine, or healing - but in their Savior, who has knit Sarah's body together and given her life! Jen posted about "how they are doing" on her blog. It is just so encouraging to read!

I don't know all the medical terms and whatnot, but I do know that Sarah's surgery went well and so are her treatments. As far as I know tumor is gone, and she is still on semi-long-term treatments to help have a full recovery as well as not allow the tumor to grow back!

Even though a her coordination isn't very good, she is doing SO much better than a few months ago! She really could only lay down and try to focus her eyes... last night she was talking, laughing, playing and walking up a storm!

I love how all the other kids adore Sarah. They are very gentle and helpful with her :D

Alathea is the oldest - and reminds me a lot of me :) haha

Mikaela is next and she is very mature for her age!

Caleb is the funniest in the family. Practically everything he says makes me laugh!

Hello little toes :D

I let the kids each take three pictures with my camera, and there were some I actually REALLY liked!
Alathea took this one:

Mikaela shot this:

And Caleb took this!

Oh, and another of Mikaela's I liked:

I also let the girls take a few more when we had our "spa treatments" before bed ;D

And they are out! Gooood night :D

Oh, and here is a little video of Sarah playing - she LOVES to see herself on video. It's pretty cuteee :)


  1. i love those kids.
    o my word.
    i love them. :)

  2. that video is SO cute.

  3. Anonymous3.7.08

    Kristen - I'm Dave's mom and I have to say - THANKS!!!! You serve and bless my family and I am so grateful!
    Meg Brewer

  4. Oh I LOVE the light in these! So beautiful!

  5. They have to be the cutest kids in the world, bar none. And let me just say, they have a pretty cool babysitter too. I've never had a spa treatment in my life, and I'm a lot older than 7!

  6. so sweet. the shot caleb took is money!

  7. ok, i heart them so much.
    great shots :)

  8. Hi- I'm Jen's freshman year roommate from Appalachian State- I just sat and cried as I looked at the photos and video! What an amazing family! You are a wonderful friend- thanks for giving so much love to them!- Georgia

  9. Kristen, I choked up looking at these. Each one of the kiddos is so precious to me and so many others and you captured their characters and personalities beautifully.

    Well done!

  10. a-dorable!! I love their smiles.

    & I agree with Kel, will you be MY babysitter??? spa treatment??? you're awesome.

  11. ashley5.7.08

    Those kids are angels as well as troopers. & the pictures of Sarah Brings tears to my eyes as I see how far she has come from just a couple months ago. Dave & Jen are my heroes as I see how they have walked out the past six months of their life with so much faith! So has the rest of the family!! :)

    wonderful job kristen!

  12. Kristen, we continue to sing your praises as a photographer and as a godly young woman. You proved us right again. These are wonderful pix of 4 youngsters having fun with their sitter. Bless you!!


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