It’s amazing how your heart can be broken into a thousand pieces and be so full all at the same time. That’s how I felt after leaving the H family’s home on Monday morning. You see few weeks ago I barely knew the H family. We had met here and there but hadn’t really gotten to know them. Then we heard the news, their middle son Benaiah had been diagnosed with Leukemia. I can’t imagine what that would feel like as a parent. As Beth and Ryan stayed by their son’s side through the tests, the fevers and the first treatments, we cared for their oldest son Jake.
Jake quickly took a huge piece of our hearts and through him we got to know more about him and his family. His bedtime bible studies, sweet prayers for his brother and huge hugs made it pretty clear that this little guy came from a very special family!
When Beth asked if I’d come and take some pictures for them I was so excited to get together with them and capture their little family. With Benaiah being so sick they’re not able to take him out and about for pictures so we decided to photograph them in their home. When I suggested we do photos while they decorated their tree Beth agreed that’d be perfect!
While I was there I saw a tiny glimpse of the pain and the suffering that Benaiah is going through. My heart broke as he struggled through some of the morning in pain but through that I also saw the joy he got as he snuggled with his mama (the most patient woman in the world), laughed at his big brother’s silly faces, let his little brother squeeze him with big hugs and of course the joy as daddy lifted him up to put the angel on the tree. So when I say my heart was broken and full all at the same time this is what I mean!
So much strength in this family, so much love and most of all so much faith. Take a minute to watch this little video of our morning together and after that be sure to go like the “Help the Hills” Facebook page to keep updated on this little guy and his family’s needs. Also, if you feel so inclined to donate to help this family with the tremendous cost of treatment, taking time off of work and commuting 2 hours for treatment each week, you can do that here- http://anniesangels.net/hills-family-assistance-fund/.