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Stella The Star–A Magic Hour Foundation Session

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Recently, I have had the opportunity to work with a foundation whose sole purpose is to provide custom portraiture, free of charge, for families who are currently dealing with or who have recently dealt with cancer. This subject is very near and dear to my heart as my mom (who also happens to be my best friend) has dealt with cancer twice in the last five years. When she was diagnosed this time, we were blessed enough to have our entire family home over the holidays and spend that time together. I immediately contacted a photographer friend to come over and take some photos of all of us together. I will forever cherish those photos.

Enter Magic Hour Foundation. I came across this organization while networking on Facebook. I don’t think it was an accident, I truly feel I was called to be a part of it. Such a wonderful organization, and I am grateful to be involved.

I’d like to introduce you to Stella and her family. Stella, at the age of 18 months, was diagnosed with Stage 4, high risk, neuroblastoma. Having children of my own, I cannot imagine having to watch my child go through any major illness, let alone advanced cancer. Through it all, Stella’s family remains strong and happy, despite the circumstances. I think it may have something to do with their faith…they inspire me to be more spiritual and faithful.


I think this is her signature smile. :) I love when the tongue comes out!

Speaking of inspiration, Stella is by far one of the most delightful, happy, engaging and sweetest souls I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I have yet to see this child NOT smile. She is incessantly happy and glowing. At the mere age of barely 2, she inspires ME to be a better person. To be satisfied with the everyday, to smile even when things are not perfect. I just want to eat her up.


Stella runs the show, but not without a little help from her older siblings. I’ve only met them a few times and they each have their own personal strengths. Big brother seems to want to hold things together and is oh so cuddly and loving. I caught him leaning his head on his mom’s several times and stealing kisses from Stella often.

Big sister, only in kindergarten herself, is a sweetheart. What I saw in her was a little mother hen, always helping with Stella by holding her hand or simply rubbing her back (which I caught her doing when nobody was looking).

Together, I think they probably keep mom and dad busy…but what a gorgeous bunch!

Stella’s mom and dad remind me of myself and my husband. They seem to truly enjoy each other and work well as a team.

Through Stella’s journey (i’ve been following her on Facebook since her diagnosis, they have a page set up to raise awareness, raise funds and most of all, pray for Stella), I’ve felt the fear and anxiety in her mother’s words, but i’ve also been enlightened by her faith and strength. There is no doubt these two share a very strong and special bond.



I’d like to thank the Magic Hour Foundation for providing me with this wonderful opportunity. This experience has me looking at life a little differently, enjoying the little things even more and hugging my children a little tighter. An even bigger thanks goes out to Stella, who has taught me to smile, even when life throws a curveball. This is just a small hiccup in what this universe has in store for you, Stella.

Check out Stella’s facebook page, Prayers for Stella. Updates, photos, fundraising and prayers!




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