Friday, January 21, 2011

karson michael riggs

handsome karson- age 2. our last photoshoot before he was unable to come off his bi-pap  (breathing machine)

karson's funeral 1/18

i just wanted to check in and say sorry if you've tried to get a hold of me this week and i've not returned your call or e-mail, everything has kinda been on hold.

our sweet little buddy karson returned to live with our heavenly father last thursday after a tough battle with spinal muscular atrophy type one. we loved every second if the 2 years and 8 months we spent with this guy and will miss him every second we're apart from him. however, i have know that karson is free- no doubt running, jumping and  breathing DEEP. and for that, i am happy, thankful, and at peace.

karson's parents are some of our very best friends (really, FAMILY) so this has obviously been a very emotional and busy week, preparing for his beautiful funeral and saying our last goodbyes to this very special little man.

there are a million things i want and need to say about karson, mostly about his life, but also a few sweet things about his passing. he was an increadible little boy... i will be going into more detail on my family blog.

also, can i just say that i have NEVER been more grateful for the power of photographs than i have been this week? NEVER. it made me so happy to see photographs EVERYWHERE at his funeral and putting together his slideshow brought me so much joy- we had a loooot of photoshoots together, karson and i, and now we treasure each and every photo of him. i photographed his funeral as well and i'll never forget the words of one of our friends- "well, you've documented his entire life. i guess it only makes sense to do it for him today too." karson, it was an honor.

and also, can i ask of you  just one small favor?


please say a few extra prayers for our dear friends Darren, Jody and Hadley that they can have peace during this time. because no matter how much you know that it was his time and that he's where he should be, losing your two year old son and brother is something i can't even fathom. if my own heart is broken, how must they feel?

Thank you.

Karson's blog HERE.
Obituary HERE.
My previous posts about our buddy HERE and HERE.


Ally said...

I know that after several conversations with you about this sweet boy, that he be so missed by you and your family.. I am soooo glad you were able to capture all of those memories for his little family.
You really have no idea what those will mean to them every single day of their lives here on earth.
I am so sorry and sad for their loss. My love is with you this week. xoxo

~gina lee said...

just visited the family blog... and I am sending all my prayers to them. Thank you for sharing their story...
I will def. keep them in my thoughts and prayers...

Many blessings to you Jessica for your talent and giving them such priceless memories with you beautiful talent..

Layla said...

The pictures you took are stunning and have moved me to tears. My thoughts and prayers are with their sweet family.

Holli said...

My heart is aching for their family. I can't imagine how hard it is to lose a child. He was a beautiful little guy, such gorgeous eyes! I will be sending thoughts and prayers. :(

Lindsey said...

A good friend of mine also passed on the 13th. I will say a prayer and know they are both happier in Heaven.