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Life Appreciated


Their Kitten with Binocs

I have been blessed to know an amazing family for over two years and I am always finding myself dieing to find an update on her photostream!! It all started with friends commenting on other friend’s flickr pages when I suddenly found Colleen commenting on my photos . . . we suddenly became flickr contacts and I remember we were always viewing each others nature photography! Then one day you find pictures of her little girl after having two brain surgeries and you are lost with emotion!!


Eastern Bluebird

Her daughter Ellie had a large tumor growing and after surgery she continued with multiple rounds of radiation treatments with high doses of chemotherapy. In late 2008 the miracle happened with Ellie finishing her treatments at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and was diagnosed as cancer free! Ellie has returned home and quickly started returning back to her childhood!


Red-headed Woodpecker

Colleen has continued sharing her love of nature photography and recently started her own personal blog called Life Appreciated! She isn’t just blogging about nature . . . expect to also hear about her amazing two daughters and random thoughts that she wants to share with everyone! I guarantee you will fall in love with her family and be amazed with her nature photography!


Ellie with her Kitten

Visit Colleen’s new blog at: Life Appreciated!   Photos are all taken by Colleen (Posted with Permission)


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11 responses

  1. Wow! I am at a loss for words…I was a bit horrified when I started reading, but I am overjoyed that I finished reading it.

    11 June 2009 at 9:35 pm

  2. I’ll visit. I love that gray kitty!

    11 June 2009 at 10:30 pm

  3. Such wonderful photos and Ellie is just precious! I’ll visit her blog, too.

    12 June 2009 at 12:33 am

  4. I became acquainted with Colleen last fall, and was also touched by their story with Ellie’s journey. I am so happy she has started her very own blog to share her talent and words with us to make us all know that life is fully to be appreciated. :c)

    12 June 2009 at 6:39 am

  5. Tom, I first read Colleen and Ellie’s story when Jayne posted a link, and asked for prayers.
    I did see the photo of the new kitten (Kanye?). He is a cutie. Almost looks like a little furry ghost.

    12 June 2009 at 11:09 am

  6. Ellie and her wide-eyed kitten are adorable. Yes, if there’s one thing that will cause a parent to ask for prayer, it’s having a child in trouble. I pray for a speedy recovery with no residual effects.

    12 June 2009 at 2:57 pm

  7. Thank you for introducing us to her blog. I am very happy her daughter is doing well.

    12 June 2009 at 6:01 pm

  8. Lisa at Greenbow

    Sweet kittie and sweet little girl.

    12 June 2009 at 6:55 pm

  9. I discovered Ellie’s story through Jayne’s blog as well. What a wonderful family and a moving story. Somehow makes my little concerns pretty insignificant. Glad you linked to it as well. I already knew you were a nice guy!

    12 June 2009 at 10:48 pm

  10. Wow – these pictures are just awesome! You have certainly found a very special family – neat post!

    14 June 2009 at 7:49 pm

  11. Marg

    Ditto what scienceguy288 said!

    Looks like a great blog but I can’t even keep up with yours!

    17 June 2009 at 8:10 am

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