last night, i had the honor of photographing taylor gibbs' "coming out of the basement" & 3rd birthday party! taylor was surrounded by exactly 100 of his & his family's dearest friends who have walked with them through the last nine months. it was a celebration of his life & his entrance into the maintenance phase of treatment. the party was planned and executed perfectly by emily woodward, with an affair to remember. no detail was spared for the "radiator springs" cars-themed party.
i wish i could put into words what kind of love the room was filled with, but i can't even try. instead, i wanted to share an exerpt that melissa wrote in her journal on taylor's caring bridge website:
"As I look back on the last nine months, I am struck by the beauty that has come forth from these ashes. It has been difficult and I would not have signed up for this, but walking through this trial with my God, my husband, and my child, has taken me to deep places in each of those relationships. Places I'd never have had access to without the element of suffering. I have not struggled with God's role in Taylor's cancer. I know that He could have prevented it, but has allowed it for a variety of reasons, only a small portion of which I will ever know. As I have mentioned before, one way that He helps me to understand His ways as my Father, is through my own parenting. I think of the times that my children have needed me most...of Miller's night terrors, when he clings to me in desperate fear until his sense of security lulls him back to sleep, or of helping Jason conquer one of his many fears by going with him down the waterslide or allowing him to slip into our bed during a thunderstorm, of comforting Jackson after he squirted shaving cream in his eyes and thought he was dying because the pain was so intense, and of holding Taylor and nuzzling that bald head while he napped because he felt lousy and just wanted me to. Those moments, when they need me most and I am there...those are the ones that strengthen the roots of our relationships. That's where the rubber meets the road. There is nothing more powerful, not even celebrating good times, than the simple act of being needed and being there. Throughout these past nine months, I have been terrified, and sad, and at times, just felt lousy. I have needed God and He has been there. I understand, from both sides now, the beauty of a child running to a parent for comfort. That's where my roots have grown deep, and for that, I am grateful." -melissa gibbs
here are some highlights from the night:
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