I work part time for an organization called Equestrian Bridges. The organization provides social skill classes and private session for children with autism and behavioral/developmental delays. (I'll delve more into that as time goes on.)
My official position is as a horse trainer and volunteer wrangler. (Wait....should that be the other way around?) As a result I have come into contact with a variety of persons who come to volunteer. Most of them are college students, with a few adults between the ages of 30 and 60.
I met Miss Pam through one of the private session students - she (Pam) has been the aide for this child for several years, and when she (the child) started attending EB Pam became very interested in volunteering her time and talents to the organization. I can't even count how many hours she has been out to help with lessons and working horses....not to mention the time spent making and donating items for our sessions through her monogramming business. She is always cheerful and smiling (even if she's had a bad day!) and really has been a huge blessing to me and the others at EB.
I mean it when I say that when I grow up, I want to be like Miss Pam.
Sometime last year Pam approached me about doing their family photos. It was to be a surprise session for her parents--Pam made coordinating monogrammed shirts for each family group and she found a local picturesque church to use as a backdrop.
The church had a very interesting story in itself....there's not enough time to go into it here but if you're interested look into Son's Chapel in Fayetteville. AR.
I hadn't taken group pictures like this in a long time, so I was a little bit nervous....plus it was FREEZING that day....but everyone showed up ready to go and I tried not to take too terribly long so we could go back inside periodically to warm up.
The entire family!
Parents and sibings
Grandparents and grandchildren
The cold was beginning to take over right about here....
After this shot I made everyone go inside while I pulled each family unit out one by one so they wouldn't succumb to the chill...
Miss Pam with her brood! (kids and spouses)
Pam's daughter and son in law just found out they were expecting their first baby, so they brought some tiny baby shoes to create a baby announcement.
Are these not the most precious little moccasins you've ever seen?
Thanks for stopping by,