I love taking photos of people. I love it that everytime I take photos I am creating something unique because every person is different and every interaction is never the same. Every opportunity to capture moments of magic – those little nuances and shared emotions of human nature – is a joy to me, an opportunity to stop time in its tracks and share a moment that can last forever.

my king Cole

03 January 2014

Almost 11 years ago I met the most amazing little guy. His name was Cole and he was my son. Back then his appeal lay solely in his tangible presence that bestowed on me the gift of motherhood. It was overwhelming and exciting with breathtaking moments competing in tandem with sleep deprivation and a (losing) battle that was the art of breastfeeding. Being part of the mommy club gave me a healthy dose of perspective that propelled me through those first couple of months. Six weeks in and the newfound rhythm of contentment was shattered when we learnt that Cole had a congenital eye disorder. Since then the road has been long and winding, with many enlightening pit stops along the way. We have had to re-adjust our expectations, reprogram our way of thinking and let go of many stealthy stereotypes. While most parents delight in the mediocrity of their child’s inch-by-inch progress, celebrating each milestone that signifies a victory of parenthood and confirming that your child is ‘normal’, we were confronted at every turn with the realisation that Cole, by society’s standards, would never be that kind of normal.

As we enter the age of the tweenie, on the cusp of teenager-hood, we are beyond proud of our child who’s outstanding vocabulary has never permitted the word ‘can’t’, who’s fearlessness in the face of the unknown has inspired me and navigated us past potential pity parties and crises of character. The future is unknown to us all, but it is the hope we have in the steadfast love of God that keeps us believing that the plan He has for us far outstrips the fearfulness of the things unknown and the frustration of those things we cannot understand. My boy, my champion, happy 11th birthday x

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10 Responses to my king Cole

  1. Karen Moig

    Saysh, he truly is an amaizing little guy #bigheart

  2. Sara Baird

    What a champ he is, so so so proud of my nephew. And what amazing parents he has too! Loved this read Saysh and can’t wait for your next post!!

  3. Kiks

    Saysh my friend, you were made for blogging :). I always love reading your posts and this one especially so. What a special bond you share with your son it is so lovely to see. You and Graeme are fantastic parents. Xxx

  4. Anni

    This is too precious, really touched my heart Saysh. Lovely young man you have there. God bless!

  5. Chantal Strydom

    Beautiful Saysh! xxx

  6. Carmen

    Beautiful pictures of a very special boy, accompanying an even more beautiful story. Happy Birthday to your Cole!!

    Blessed to know you, Saysh. xx

  7. Linda Hegter

    All I can say is wow…. what amazing words and not to mention the photography…. very well done Saysh. Love this guy sooooo much.

  8. Lee

    Written from your heart! Writing was always something you enjoyed and had such talent at in our school days..so happy you have started to blog. I will be following your posts for sure. Well done and thank you for sharing. Our personal testimonies of what God has done and is doing in our lives are the most powerful of all stories to tell and are what encourage others the most xxx

  9. Kate

    Special boy, special mom, special moments

  10. Karen

    Thanks Saysh, nothing like a little cry to start a Saturday morning. Huge credit to you and Graeme for all that you have done to make Cole’s path that much smoother. And obviously, gorgeous pics. See you soon xxxx

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