We take many things for granted. A loving family is probably the biggest one.
I volunteer to take photographs for the Heart Gallery, which is an organization dedicated to finding people to adopt foster kids.Â Last week I to0k images ofÂ "Jenny" (not her real name), age 14.Â
I am used to my subjects being nervous.Â Afterall, most of you have never done anything like this before.Â But I'm pretty easy going and friendly, so it always works out.
JennyÂ was so scared to come to into the studio she stayed in the car.
After 10 minutes, her foster mom was able to coax her out and into the studio.Â She had just gotten her hair done along withÂ new makeup and had a brand new outfit just for these photographs.Â After all, it is with these portraits that prospective parents will be looking at and elect whether or not to consider adopting her.Â She was proud of her new look, but very apprehensive of the whole situation.
After some time, she loosened up and we created some incredible images.Â (For her privacy, IÂ am not going to post one.) Â She is a very beautiful girl on the outside, but doesn't feel it at all on the inside.....no doubt to her family situation.Â I could see her hurt in her eyes.Â You feelÂ her pain.
I have faith that God will lead someone to adopt her.Â She deserves it, she's a veryÂ sweet kid.
Do you take your family for granted?Â Â I know I do.
Please, go thank your parents.Â Â To have someone love you is truly the greatest gift you can everÂ Â receive.