When I saw this week's theme over at I Heart Faces, I immediately knew which picture I would post. You may remember the story behind this photo shoot here.
Trinity and Alyssa are best friends, and are two of the most special little girls I have ever met. Trinity (on the right), who is 8, was afraid of people with disabilities, and her mother desired to help her overcome this fear. A mutual friend suggested that Trinity meet Alyssa (on the left), age 7, who is blind and was diagnosed with cancer at age 2. When they met for their first play-date, they became fast friends and played "tea party" while Alyssa held Trinity's hand to "see". Trinity was able to overcome her fear of people with disabilities when she met Alyssa. When I heard the story, I was deeply touched, and I was even more moved when I did a photo shoot for both of them at the park. Both girls are precious and enjoyed an afternoon tea party in the park, holding hands the whole time. When I asked them to lay next to each other, Trinity started telling Alyssa a story about "The Fart Man," and both girls giggled the entire time.
Two days after this shoot, Alyssa entered the hospital for brain surgery and had to have all of her beautiful red hair shaved. This did not diminish her beauty in any way. She emerged from brain surgery seizure-free until recently, and may now have to undergo a second surgery. I'm sure Alyssa's family would appreciate your prayers for her. She is a strong and brave little girl, and I am so honored to have met her!