Pictures of Joan

Other families will have many different pictures of their babies
With different kinds of looks, moves and moments
For our little Joan, her pictures in the gallery is not a lot
But those pictures shows prestigious moments
With God involved.

At the time she was at the hospital,
I still remember that we have to wait for at least 1 month
Irving always brought a camera with him every day
But we had to wait until all cables were unplugged
Because we did not want Joan’s pictures with all those cables.

At the time she was sleeping,
After 2 months in the hospital, Joan can go home
She barely wakes up or moves, because of the medication she had
The only moments we can shoot her is while she were sleeping
Especially when she wore new clothes.

At the time she has her physical therapy,
Joan barely moves her bodies
We have to give her physical therapy
When the therapist moved her body
We shoot those moments
With a dream that someday Joan will be able to do it by herself.

At the time she cries loud with a wide open mouth,
At first, Joan cried so soft
My parents always ask me whether Joan already cry loudly
I just realized that crying is a sign of health
Whenever she cries loud, we shoot those moments
Thanks to God, right now Joan has many different ways of crying.

At the time she smiles,
It is very difficult to make my little Joan to smile
I still remember her first smile was on her dad’s birthday last November
At the same time her age was 5 months
Fortunately we had a chance to take pictures for that lovely moment
And the pictures of course became Joan’s most wanted picture for all my families.

At her monthly birthday,
We thanks God for all the moments He gave us for our Joan
We decided to celebrate her birthday monthly
Usually, we buy birthday cake; sing birthday song, pray, and of course share the cake
The attendances are Irving, my sister, my babysitter, 2 other house maids and I,
On her latest 11 months birthday, as usual, we had a little birthday celebration
One thing we realized that Joan really like if we sing happy birthday and clapping
She smile just so beautiful, thank God

At her baptize,
At her 3rd day, Joan’s condition is very bad
Irving and our parents was afraid that Joan cannot survive
They invited a priest and baptized Joan at the hospital
No pictures of this moment
We brought Joan to church on last Christmas
Just to complete the baptize ceremony
This was the baptize moment that we put in the gallery.

Why I write this?
Last month, we participated in baby’s pictures competition for age of 6 months and above
Of course, the category is “Baby’s smile”
I try to find one from Joan’s photo album
Only that 5 months one =)

As I open Joan’s gallery of pictures
The memories came back
I pray in my heart
Thanking God for giving me strength to go through this path
Many tears, many hopes, many prayers, and …

Amazing Lord!