Reese | Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Today’s blog post comes from Sheradee Hurst whose photography has touched the life of a family with a very special little girl named Reese. Her story follows below, but we ask for your prayers for Reese and her family and for wisdom for her doctors to know how to proceed.

This is Reese Walker about a year ago. Reese needs prayer right now. Please pray for her, her doctors, and her parents. She has been sick since birth with Chronic Intestinal Psuedo Obstruction, and she has been in and out of the hospital and surgery. She recently had surgery and is still in the hospital, and today doctors aren’t sure what to do for her. Her parents were on my heart as I sang, “Jesus Loves the Little Children” to my two year old at nap time.

Below is what I wrote about Reese almost a year ago when I met her and photographed her family. It was commentary on several of the shots from her session, but mostly on how Reese touched me. Reese, you are an inspiration.

“One mystery of life for me is sick kids. It’s so hard to understand, and I don’t know that we’re meant to understand it. Little Miss R sure doesn’t understand it, but she lives it. My favorite shot from this session is the one where her little bandage is poking out of the top of her shirt. Some people might have edited that out, but I think it tells her story. I like that you can see what she’s been through to get to where she is. I kept readjusting her shirt during the shoot to cover it, and in the end I liked the shot with it showing because it is a clear reminder of how precious her life is. This baby girl is 18 months old and has never had a portrait session, because she hasn’t been well since she was born. What I love about her is that if you hadn’t seen that bandage, you wouldn’t know what a hard fight it’s been. She is a happy baby, and by all appearances, healthy. I included the shot of her chubby little hands, because they look so healthy. She has been in and out of the hospital, and let’s not forget how tough that is on her giving parents, either. So, this session is for all those sick kids and their exhausted parents. Hospitals all over are packed with them. And while I’m at home reading Pinkalicious to my child in bed every night, they are going to sleep to the sound of beeping monitors, and praying that someday their child will open their eyes to see a book. Thank you Miss R for one of many reasons to be grateful today.” – February 11, 2011

Jennifer Lewis - January 10, 2012 - 4:27 am

As I read this, I too am moved by the strength of this amazing little girl. I have prayed many a nights for her to have strength and fight and most of all for her healing. I have known her mother for many years and I am in awe to both her and her husband for how courageous and dedicated to Reese they are. As they wait restlessly at her bedside time and time again, they inspire me as a mother and as a person. I hope with all my soul that this beautiful little family heals and Reese gets well soon. I love you all very much!! God bless!!

Sheradee Hurst - January 9, 2012 - 10:23 pm

Thank you for sharing Reese’s story! I know her family appreciate the prayers. It was an honor to be asked to share this. I pray for healing for this sweet little girl.

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