June 28, 2008
Mr. Nielson- 29
Nicholas 18 months
We photographed my family in a beautiful apple orchard near my home.
Wendy Whitaker took the photos. I was happy and healthy.
I was teaching yoga and running every day.
I found happiness in my husband and my children.
I was also cooking and gardening at my home in Arizona.
Our airplane crashed two months after this photo was taken,
and we had forever changed:
July 19, 2009
My life had turned upside down, and I was unsure if I wanted to take
any photos of myself, like, ever! I was still so embarrassed and ashamed.
I was also frequently mad and frustrated,
even though my abilities slowly improved.
I still was afraid of the gas-burning stove, driving in the car, and/or anything
that could be considered remotely dangerous.
I walked funny and had surgery quite frequently.
My children were growing up before my eyes, and I felt
incapable of caring for them the way I wanted but
I knew I had survived this accident for a reason.
I got in touch with Wendy,
and we had our family portraits taken- at the same place:
August 19, 2010
Nicholas 3 1/2
I have a new neck and a happier outlook on everything. My body has begun yoga again, I still have frequent surgeries, but they are becoming easier. I am cooking, cleaning, and walking just fine. I work in the garden and go to all parent-teacher conferences. I am a regular at church again, and my life has a greater meaning.
You can see that in my face.