Motherhood is the act of loving another person more than yourself.
I have been blessed with five beautiful children that I love dearly. Crew is the baby of our family and was born to our home a little early and with the added surprise of an extra chromosome, Down syndrome. I was overwhelmed and shocked with this news that led us to many more tests and medical journeys that were new for our family. After staying a week in the NICU Crew was ready to come home, but with him came monitors and oxygen. He was dependent on the flow of oxygen for 10 months and fought through open heart surgery at 5 months. With every trial that came his way, he fought and pushed through with joy to share. Crew has taught me so much about what really matters in life and making sure you enjoy the small things. To think think that I worried how his siblings would react to him before I brought him home from the hospital makes me smile now. He is their world and has changed all of us for the good. I love to watch him interact individually with a sibling and watch their excitement and joy spread as they spend time together. My older children are so kind and compassionate and see the ability in everyone. I give credit to loving their little brother and interacting with his friends for developing those abilities that are a struggle for many. In our hearts that used to be filled with fear, he has helped to fill with faith. In instances where I was subject to judging, he has led to understanding and compassion. His heart has a Christlike love that we all are trying to emulate. I can't even imagine our life without this little light and we are ever thankful for the joy that he brings into our home and spreads to all those around us.
Pictured: Kassie and Crew Moen
Mom's clothing, hair and makeup provided by: Lulu Bella Boutique
Photographer: Jenny Lyn Photography
Location: White Space Studio
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