Happy 16th Birthday Kaelin!

Kaelin serving as ring bearer for my wedding.
Kaelin serving as ring bearer for my wedding.

Today an angel above is celebrating his 16th birthday and we mortals are holding our hearts and holding back the tears.

Four years ago the worlds of so many were shattered when God called you home and left us all asking Why? That collective why is still on the tips of our tongues, but we all know you are in a better place.

Kaelin we miss you everyday and that will never change. Thank you for the memories you have left us to hold onto, please continue to be the guardian angel looking out for and offering strength to those left behind.

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1st Help-Portrait Cleveland a success!

I am so FULL right now! The joy and sense of accomplishment is overflowing. This past Saturday I had the pleasure of bringing a flash of hope to more than 75 individuals (representing about 20 families) through the Help-Portrait movement.

The bright smiles of youth were captured by Photographer Stephanie Briggs.
The bright smiles of youth were captured by Photographer Stephanie Briggs.

We gathered at the Cleveland Salvation Army’s Harbor Light facility in downtown Cleveland. Joined by five local photographers and a team of volunteers we set up mini-studios in the gymnasium and before we knew it, the eager subjects were packing in and patiently waiting for their turn to shine.

Unfortunately I did not get to experience a lot of the joy that went along with the process as I was buried behind a computer screen printing out photos. I have been reliving the experience vicariously through the words of my friends who gathered to assist with this day.

The accolades have been many, but the true determination of the success of the day is seen in the smiles and the shimmer of light that shines in the eyes of the recipients of these portraits.

Today and over the course of a few days I will share some of that beauty with you. Can’t wait until next year!

~Enjoy