What a fun session filled with so much love. Baby Adilyn made her arrival a bit early early and these amazing new parents have been enjoying every second of their extra time with their beautiful daughter. In just under an hour we were able to capture so many wonderful and sweet moments of this new family of three ensuring not to leave out their first love, their fur baby. Congratulations Figueroa Family and thank you so very much for trusting me to capture this special time.
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My session last week with this gorgeous family in their gorgeous home, truly was a dream. Their beautiful Christmas Baby Girl decided to arrive 4 weeks early and was every ounce of perfect. She slept for the entire session, snuggled up in the sweetest way and is truly loved and adored in every sense of the manner. Dad played her the sweetest music and the way her stunning Momma looked at her was breathtaking. Losey Family, thank you for your trust in capturing this most precious time in your life.
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Trying to find just a few words about how much I adore this family and their entire session is proving to be so hard. Everything from the casual styling, to the gorgeous home, to the family living in it were/are truly a dream session for me. Mom + Dad wanted real life pictures, to capture exactly what their life is like with 4 little ones at home. I’d say we did just that!! From family snuggles to jumping on the bed and lots of quiet moments of just mom + dad. As I edited this session I got emotional, I laughed and I just re-lived that crazy amazing + FUN day! This family who I am lucky enough to call my friends, are moving out of state in just a week, so it was important for me to capture them during this chapter of life and embrace everything that it is. I am so proud of this session, it truly makes my heart happy and I hope I have captured many amazing moments for this wonderful family to look back on for many, many years. And every time they need a little piece of “home” they can look back at these. Schau Family, I love you and wish you all the best on your next Chapter. It’s never goodbye love.
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Cancer. You have 4 children, with the youngest being just 4 months old and you have Stage 2 Hodgkins Lymphoma.

Possibly the most devastating statement one may ever have to hear.

Just a few weeks ago my neighbor, my friend, my sister was faced with this statement. I would love to share a little about this woman who I call my Sister. Lauren moved in across the street from me about 6 years ago. From the minute we met, I knew Lauren was different than most people I meet. I knew she was someone I wanted and needed in my life. We shared stories of joy and stories of grief. Lauren is a Christian Pastor who’s outlook on love, life and faith are so admirable. She has taught my family and I how to love selflessly. When Lauren meets someone new she only see’s their heart. She doesn’t judge, she just loves. She has played such an important role in the lives of my daughters, teaching them many, many things I don’t know about Christian Faith. She is an amazing Mother, Sister, Daughter, Friend and Leader. Lauren will beat this, she will fight, but she will not fight alone. Her support group is one of the most incredible groups of people I have ever met. She is going into this fight so positive, so at peace. So tomorrow as Lauren begins the biggest fight of her life please think of her, please pray for her and as we head into this crazy time of year try to remember that the big things in life may not seem that big after all. Cherish you family, your neighbors, your friends. Lauren, my sister, I love you and I will be by your side every step on the way.

You can donate to help Lauren’s Family during this difficult time here > https://www.youcaring.com/laurenscienski-995832
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Childhood Cancer. I’m sure we have all heard of a child having cancer. It’s easy to forget about and go on about your daily life, unless that child is yours. Your world stops. Lauren is an amazing 6 year old girl who my family was lucky enough to cross paths with during last years dance season as my 6 year old and Lauren took ballet together. I am sure that 6 letter word is something Lauren’s family thought they would never hear, but in the summer of 2016 any parents worst nightmare became a reality for this sweet family. Here is a little of Lauren’s Story from her Go Fund Me Page. Over Memorial Day weekend, Lauren was brought to Condell for bruising and swelling around her eyes which was initially attributed to allergies. She was lethargic and sensitive to cold and was continually getting the chills. While there, they performed a head CT that showed a mass behind both eyes and drew her blood which showed low hemoglobin levels. That prompted a transfer to Lutheran General in Park Ridge. There Lauren received blood transfusions as well as several other scans of her entire body. The scans revealed Stage 4 Neuroblastoma in her adrenal gland (near her kidney), brain, spine, sternum and in her bone marrow. We’ve been assured by her oncology team that neuroblastoma responds very well to treatment which is why Lauren is starting chemotherapy immediately. 10/17/17 – We got the results back from Lauren’s MRI and bone marrow biopsy and they are NEGATIVE for cancer cells! The MRI looked specifically at her brain, head, and spine. This was important because she had extensive tumor growth on her brain, eye orbits, and all along her spinal dura. She has responded so well to the chemo and was able to clear the disease past detection on scans. Her bone marrow has also been cleared of cancer cells! This is such a relief after the many months of treatment. Unfortunately, the treatment did cause Lauren to acquire partial hearing loss. We were told this was a likely possibility and it has been confirmed. She will be fitted for hearing aids in a few months. She still has a long road ahead of her, as this type of cancer is very aggressive and has a high recurrence rate in Lauren’s age group. We are moving into her next treatment steps to hopefully prevent relapse. This next step is most likely going to be the most challenging of her treatments so far. She will be admitted on Sunday to Comer’s Children’s Hospital for her first of two Stem Cell Transplants. She will be given a very high dose of chemo for 6 days and then will have her own stem cells infused to help her recover. This will hopefully kill any residual cancer cells that cannot be detected on scans but, in doing so, she will be completely immunocompromised. This will require long hospital stays around 4- 6 weeks at a time and isolation precautions until 100 days after the second transplant. During this time she will only be allowed visits from a few adult family members and only see her brother during her short break between transplants at home. She will most likely spend the holidays in the hospital. We trust her care team to support us through this next step and are prepared to do everything we can to get Lauren closer to a cancer-free childhood. Please keep Lauren, her family and her doctors in your prayers and she walks into this next step of treatment.  She is such a fighter and is going to continue chopping down that tree.  We love you Lauren! BNP_4677.jpg BNP_4688.jpgBNP_4667.jpgBNP_4700.jpgBNP_4724.jpgBNP_4737.jpgBNP_4748.jpgBNP_4761.jpgBNP_4779.jpgBNP_4810.jpgBNP_4817.jpgBNP_4851.jpgBNP_4908.jpgBNP_4946.jpgBNP_5004.jpgBNP_5008.jpgBNP_5024.jpg

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