Sometimes we meet people who inspire us. People who found strength when the darkest of times hold them down. People who are able to see the bright side of any situation, no matter how painful it may be. This family has inspired me more than words can describe. I feel so blessed to know them and to share a little piece of their story with you all.
All the Love in the World
I have worked with this family for a few years now, and I love being their family photographer! When I first met Dilyara, she was expecting her baby girl, Olivia. I knew immediately that this beautiful person would make such a great mommy. She was thrilled to welcome Olivia into the world, and dreamed the biggest dreams for her. Just like most new parents, she was apprehensive to meet her daughter and wanted nothing more than to give her all the love in the world. It was a beautiful session that I will always remember.
“How very quietly you tiptoed into our world, silently, only a moment you stayed. But what an imprint your footprints have left upon our hearts.” – Dorothy Ferguson
At 6 months old, baby Olivia passed away in her day care facility. She was left unattended while she was sleeping. This tragedy took a huge toll on Dilyara and their family, leaving them shattered and heartbroken. Their new baby girl was taken from them too soon, and I’m sure it was very difficult to recover from this terrible incident.
Bravery in the Face of Suffering
Despite the passing away of precious Olivia, this family proved to be resilient and brave. Dilyara’s strength never fails to amaze me, and she is truly an inspiration to others. She decided to try for another baby to fill a little bit of the whole in her heart.
“When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.” – C.S. Lewis
Baby Samuel was born, and what a wonderful blessing he is! He looks absolutely the same as baby Olivia. He reminds me of her so much! I had the pleasure of photographing him at 10 months old, and what a beautiful baby boy he is. I loved having him in the studio. We switched his wardrobe up a few times, and he did wonderfully with all the changes. I love his bright eyes and chubby little cheeks! My favorite photos of all are of him and Dilyara playing together. She is so in love with her son, and I am so happy to see the two of them together. There is nothing sweeter than that.
Now Dilyara jointed other mom’s movement who lost their child in day care. They are fighting now for changing rules in day care. They want this world to know about importance of the strict and safe child care rules. Here is the video about those kids. It is definitely a tear jerker, but does an awesome job of raising awareness for the little ones that lost their lives in daycare.