The Brave Face Project - A mom and her babies....
"With brave wings she flies."
A pillar in the community. A smiling face. A brave soul. Selfless. Loving. Kind. Fighter. Granddaugther. Daughter. Aunt. Sister. Wife. And most importantly, Mom. You didn't need to know Maria personally to know that she was all of those things, you knew because everyone loved her and then when they needed to, fought with her.
I was so thankful they allowed me to go into their home and capture everyday memories for them. (TBFP captures real, fun, awesome moments for families struggling through certain hardships and illness.) Memories I hope that the boys can cherish forever. Memories, that they can see and smile.
I can replay this session in my mind like it was yesterday. We laughed, I cried, Nathan swung from the ceiling and JJ just rolled his eyes wondering when that kid would stop. Maria just smiling, soaking it all in. Brian hating on her last paint-and-sip masterpiece, nerf guns and swinging. They told me their story as they both looked at each other thankful and amused.
This is just one shot of the series from that day, but seemed fitting for their family. They laughed when they needed, hugged and had all the love surrounding them.
Please think of them as they start this new chapter.
Maria, you will be missed by so many but your boys have so much love and memories surrounding them that you will never, ever be forgotten. Thank you for showing us what the real meaning of bravery and purpose is.
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