Joby Carol Austin was born in March of 2001 in Boise Idaho, and is the oldest of two girls. Joby is an amazing young girl who continues to provide hope for others blazing this trail and is the driving force behind her mom jumping in head first to co-found the United Angels Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports parents and families of individuals with special needs.
When we were given her diagnosis in utero we didn't know what to expect for her future and the uncertainty and unknown at that time was overwhelming. We asked ourselves, what would she be like, what health challenges would she face, what would she be capable of, would she walk and talk, would she go to school, would she have friends, would she know how to communicate, how would her world treat her, would she be accepted in society, will she ever live on her own or hold down a job, will she ever get married, will she lead a normal life?
All of these uncertainties were weighing on our minds as we prepared for her arrival. The one thing I did know for sure was that no matter what life would bring for our sweet angel, I would love her and support her in every capacity, and fight for her in every sense of the word.
That day came and our greatest gift unknown to us at that time had finally arrived and what a beautiful journey it has been! Joby has blessed our lives in more ways than we can count. The love for this child is indescribable.
Joby continues to amaze us every single day. She has proven that if given every opportunity that life has to offer, she can do great things. I believe when a person isn't limited on what they are taught they can achieve almost anything. Joby reads and writes, she goes to school independently, she has friends, she plays piano, rides a bike and a motorized scooter. Joby has been learning to drive a car and hopes to one day get her drivers licence. She has desires and dreams just like everyone else and as her mom I will do whatever it takes to help her achieve them.
I may be biased but Joby possesses some of the best qualities a person can have. She is kind, mindful, loves unconditionally, she's charming and funny, she's super smart, determined and tries her best in all things, she's genuine and courageous!
Joby has changed my views and opened my eyes for the better. She has brought me my greatest joy! When I think about her birth and the journey we have traveled to get to where we are today, I can honestly say I wouldn't change a thing. I am reminded daily how lucky I am to be her mom, how proud I am of her and all she has accomplished. I am in love with the person she is. She has a lot to offer her world and shares a little piece of heaven with us every single day.
Pictured: Jill and Joby Austin
Mom's clothing, hair and makeup provided by: Lulu Bella Boutique
Photographer: Jenny Lyn Photography
Location: White Space Studio
For more information about the United Angels Foundation, visit www.unitedangels.org