Archive for June, 2008


My dear friend, Cassie, has a dear friend, Sirena, who has a dear son, Shawn.  And Tuesday, I got to take Shawn’s way-overdue picture.  Seeings how I can’t make my own 12 year old smile, I wasn’t sure how this would go, but I guess all the anguish is saved for mom.  Shawn was awesome…

















So many natural smiles…he was a piece of cake….

















Mom gave him three changes of clothes, so I thought it only fair that he got to pick his last outfit.  Being a big Ravens fan, there was only one way to go…


















Thanks, Shawn…you were awesome!  🙂

Kate & Ozzie

Sorry for the lack of blogging…but hold on…I think I have enough to keep you going for a while…

It was last Tuesday that Kate & Ozzie and I met down in Fells Point.  There were dark clouds rolling in, and lightning in the sky.  It wasn’t looking good for us at first, but we managed to work quickly and get some really great stuff. 

The breeze kicked up everyonce in a while and gave Kate that supermodel look:



















Sweet moment (you’d never think it was totally staged and uncomforatble, would you??) 🙂










And then we grabbed this one on our way back to the cars, after I had put my lens cap on three times already saying we were finished…there was just so much good stuff down there!


















I can’t wait to see you to make it official this Saturday!

My Heroes

Trying to get back into the swing of things after such a sorrowful week last week.  I have been wanting to write about what I witnessed as our friends had to bury their six month old son, but the words have been hard to find.  I saw hundreds of people pour through the funeral home, and Holy Nativity’s sanctuary was filled with family and friends surrounding Scott & Amy with love and sympathy during the funeral service Saturday.  The whole thing was so unimaginable, or surreal, maybe.  But the most amazing thing I saw was at the end of the service.  Scott and Amy had written a message that Scott so bravely shared, and then the final song was played.  They chose “Blessed be Your Name”.  It is a beautiful, triumphant song that has been a Sunday morning favorite for quite a while, but I will never sing it the same again.  They sang this song hands held together and held high as if to say, ‘no matter what, YOU are our God’.  It was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. 

Blessed Be Your Name
by Matt Redman
– – –
Blessed Be Your Name
In the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your nameBlessed Be Your name
When I’m found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed Be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I’ll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be Your name
When the sun’s shining down on me
When the world’s ‘all as it should be’
Blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there’s pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I’ll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name




After the service and interment, Scott and Amy hosted a lunch catered by Chef Paulino (if you are ever in Catonsville, please stop by and grab a bite.  He was so generous…I think he gave us food for 600 instead of 300.  Big shout out to him…).  Anyway, there was a ton of food left over, and Scott and Amy suggested we take the leftovers to the Children’s House at Johns Hopkins where they often stayed while Jeremy was in the hospital.  What a great idea!  Then there was still too much food, so they suggested we feed the staff at the PICU as well.  So we rounded up drivers, and were getting ready to load the food, when Scott & Amy decided to take it themselves.  You heard me.  After all that.  I don’t know if these two have any idea what kind of witness they are, but wow…

Scott, Amy…you are truly me heroes.  I love you both. 


Celebrating Jeremy

Here is a copy of the post made by Scott & Amy last night on the Caring Bridge site:

It is with great sadness that we write to let you know that our son, Jeremy, passed away on Sunday afternoon. We take comfort in knowing that he will remain in his forever home with our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Saying goodbye to him was by far the hardest thing that we have ever had to do. Telling our other three children of his passing, was the second hardest thing that we have ever had to do. Coping with daily life has not been easy at all. In fact, it feels so strange to get up and not go to the hospital or to call and check in on him. I panicked today at one point while watching our children play because I kept counting them and only getting to three and I had to stop and remember what has happened. Those are the moments when it is the most painful, to relive that understanding that Jeremy is no longer with our family and he never will be. He is not taking a nap or at a Grandparents home, he is gone from this world forever. I’m sorry for rambling. . . my heart is pouring out with pain that is just without words to describe. Please know that despite our great pain and despair, we have accepted God’s will for Jeremy. We just now have to learn how to live here on earth without him.

We have made the following arrangements to celebrate Jeremy’s life.

Sterling Ashton Schwab Witzke Funeral Home 1630 Edmondson Avenue Catonsville, Maryland 21228 410-744-8600— Viewings will be taking place on Thursday, June 12th from 7-9 p.m. and also on Friday, June 13th from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

The funeral will take place on Saturday, June 14th at 10 am at Holy Nativity Lutheran Church 1200 Linden Avenue Arbutus , Maryland 21227

In lieu of flowers, we are asking that donations be made in Memory of Jeremy Morse to the Johns Hopkins Childrens Center PICU. The address is :

600 North Wolfe Street


Baltimore, Maryland 21287

Attn: Claire Beers

We ask for this so that we can honor Jeremy’s life and he can live on through helping other children and their families at the Johns Hopkins PICU. Thank You.

Scott and Amy Morse and Family


Saying Goodbye to Jeremy

This is the most difficult post I’ve ever written.  And undoubtedly a shock to some whose last update about Jeremy was here on my blog, which was very sunny. 

Jeremy had a clot in his VAD earlier this week, but it disappeared and they were hoping that his body absorbed it.  But the clot had gone to his brain and caused a stroke early yesterday morning.  This led to bleeding, and the infamous Dr. Ben Carson stepped in to do emergency surgery to stop this bleeding.  Once the surgery was over, the blood thinner that Jeremy is on to keep the flow moving in the VAD had to be reduced so the bleeding in his brain could stop.  That ended up causing clots in the VAD, and thus a downward spiral began.  The bleeding in his brain is intense and he has suffered major brain damage.  The doctors told Scott and Amy that he would never be well enough to be on the transplant list, nor would he be able to achieve any kind of quality of life.  They have exhausted all avenues of help for Jeremy.  Care will be withdrawn later today.  I spoke with Amy this morning after reading the journal entry, and I can’t even describe the pain I heard.  The grief, the questions, the pain, the exhaustion…I just can’t wrap my mind around what she and Scott are going through. 

Please keep the Morse family in your prayers as they face this horrific day, and a future without Jeremy.  As you pray for comfort, don’t forget about all of the miracles that God has given them over the past 70 days, and what a gift that time with him really was. 


Jeremy passed away at 3:07pm this afternoon.  I was able to go to the hospital and be with Scott and Amy for a few minutes.  I can’t imagine the pain they felt tonight leaving that hospital without thier son.  Please pray for God’s peace and comfort to fall on them in a big way.

Stephen & Carmen’s Wedding

I have known Stephen since, forever, I guess.  He and Carmen dated back in high school, but they went their seperate ways, married other people and had families.  Both have found themselves single again, and ended up finding eachother again, and they tied the knot yesterday!  Carmen looked gorgeous, and Stephen most handsome (despite the 100 degree heat in a three piece suit).  Here they are after the ceremony:









It was a very intimate wedding, which I thought was lovely.  And the great thing about a small group is being able to get a photo of everyone!









We had some time to get some nice romantic shots after the ceremony.  This is one of my favorites:









And a girl after my own heart…couldn’t wait to get into the chocolate cake!












Thank you guys so much for having me!  Here’s to happily ever after…


Trent Graduates from Elementary School

YIkes!  How did THIS happen?  How did I get this old??  I have no idea…but he did it, and it is off to middle school in the fall.  Here he is accepting his certificate from Vice Principal Canedo and Principal Williams:









Mrs. Williams has been a part of our lives for the past 5 years…she is so good at her job.  We will miss her!

Trent had some of his artwork selected to be used on the program for the ceremony (he didn’t even know til he saw it).  Graham was just having fun making an airlane out of it:

















Look at the joy during the recessional:










And he definitley had other things on his mind than taking photos once it was over…he just wanted to go home!!









Congratualtions, pal.  We love you! 


Bella & Ellie

Our session at the beach was cut short by rain a few weeks ago and we nevere managed to get a shot of just the girls.  So we gave it another try this week.  These two were in a very giggly mood, and we got some great stuff:










How sweet are these two??

















And I love this one, too:









Mom is going to have TOO much to choose from now!  🙂



Summertime, Summertime

AAhhh…its finally here.  The kids are almost finished school…it is almost real!  One of their favorite things about summer is watermelon.  Here is Graham with a watermelon grin (note the juice running down his arm):

















And here is Trent chomping on a piece.  My second favorite thing about summer is freckles.  And we are in no shortage of those in this family…

















Happy Summer!


Matt & Mandi’s E Session

After being rained out twice before, when the clouds started rolling in on Tuesday, I hightailed it over to their house to get these photos taken.  It actually turned out to be perfect conditions…nice soft light, a little breeze…

They had this funky, old wheelbarrow in the back yard that I coaxed Mandi into sitting in…









Then we headed down to the beach and got some romantic stuff:









After they got up out of the sand, I instructed them to not wipe off, and grabbed this one.   I think this is my favorite one:










Thanks so much for taking such good direction and being willing to get dirty and have fun.  Hope you had as much fun as I did!




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