the childers family

ashley was kind enough to write this post. it means much more than anything i could’ve written.

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We recently enjoyed our afternoon of photos with Kerinsa before she moved to Colorado.  Chris & I really wanted updated pictures of our family.  Austin is now 19 yrs old & Garrett is 16 yrs old.  We wanted Kerinsa to capture the closeness of our family and the joy and challenges we face daily.

Austin has been diagnosed with a metabolic disease called Mitochondrial DIsease – the mitochondria is the energy source of the cells & their cells do not produce the energy needed for their organs.  Austin has been sick for about 10 years & has recently had his entire colon removed – at this point his stomach is not functioning & the doctors are not sure how long his small intestines will continue functioning.

Mitochondrial Disease can effect patients in many different ways.  Austin’s medical treatment requires a number of medications and a shot, also he is on IV fluids and feeding tube daily.  The disease has been progressive, but Austin has had an incredible attitude.  His faith in the Lord is strong & he is determined to make the most of each day.  Most college age kids are concerned with the excitement that comes with college days, but Austin’s concerns are for his treatment and pacing his time to maintain some type of normalcy – he has endured over 40 surgeries, 100s of days in the hospital & the uncertainty of the disease process.  He is taking 2 college classes & enjoys being with his friends & family.  Austin’s mitochondrial & colon doctors are in Boston Mass.  It is difficult to travel back & forth, but the doctors have been extremely helpful & supportive.

Our family has endured a great deal throughout the last few years, but God has kept us close through our difficulties.  We are very thankful for each other & we try not to take our days for granted.  We know that God has a plan and we are trusting him to help us through the adversities.

Thanks Kerinsa for such an enjoyable afternoon!!  We had a such a great time – lots of laughs & memorable moments!

the childers’ beautiful boxer, chloe, decided to jump out and join us for some pics!

i’ve never prayed for rain before a photo shoot – until this one. i could see clouds rolling in as i drove up, and after a few small drops of rain, i did some serious praying. i was so excited when the clouds let loose and stayed just long enough to get what we were hoping for!

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5 responses to the childers family

  1. You are awesome!

  2. Ronda says:

    A special story. A special family. Photos which capture that indeed Austin is greatly loved.

  3. Aimee Lashley says:

    Kerinsa,
    You are awesome. You have captured that beautiful family with some beautiful shots.

  4. Heather Mobley says:

    Kerinsa,
    I enjoyed looking at the beautiful pictures you took of The Childers family. Thank you~ We love this family so much!

  5. Kayla Robinson says:

    Mrs. Mullins, these pictures are so beautiful!
    Miss Ashley was telling my class how much she loved the pictures!

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