Saturday, August 16, 2008

Today I met an Angel . . .

Noah Jackson Lauer was born August 17, 2007. Several months ago, Noah was diagnosed with a rare degenerative brain disorder. From what I understand, Noah's disease progressed more rapidly than even his doctors anticipated, and he has been on a ventilator for at least a couple weeks. Earlier this week, his parents contacted me because they made the excruciating decision to take Noah off the ventilator. (Note: for those who are unaware, I am an affiliate photographer with Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, a non-profit organization that provides photography services to families experiencing the loss of a baby.)

Noah was taken off his ventilator this morning, and I arrived around 9:30 a.m. to photograph this beautiful family. I spent less than an hour with the Lauers, but my time with them has changed me forever. I was immediately captivated by Little Noah.

My purpose was to photograph Noah with his parents, so I spent very little time interacting with him, but he stole my heart - every perfect little ounce of him. After the session, Noah's nurse, Amy, shared with me her perspective: what a gift from God to have shared with Noah some of his last few moments here.

Noah's little body was tired, and now he is at peace. He has been perfectly healed. God called Noah home just a few minutes before 1 p.m. today.

I cannot fathom the pain his parents are experiencing. Please pray for peace and comfort for all those who love Noah. If you would like to visit their blog, you can find it here:

1 comment:

amiller said...

I am sitting here in tears as I read about little Noah. I can't even imagine what his family is going through but I am certainly going to keep them in my prayers. Monica, thank you so much for sharing this story, it makes my everyday problems seem so trivial and makes me realize how short life really is. You are a Saint for the work you do for this organization. I know it has to be difficult. Thanks again for sharing, I am truly touched.