A couple weeks ago, on one of the hottest days of July, I had the privilege to spend a morning with Jorie, Justin and their three little girls. Upon meeting this beautiful family downtown, I was instantly refreshed by their spirit and love for each other and for life. This was refreshing partly because its true and partly because because I know that this past year has been very difficult for the five of them. You see, you won’t be able to tell in the pictures, but the oldest daughter – sweet Lydia – is living with Type 1 Diabetes. I didn’t chat too much about the disease or how their day-to-day life is affected by it during the session, because I wanted the girls (all three of them) to be able to have some time to laugh and smile and be sisters. However, I know it has been a hard year with the new routines and precautions they have to take for Lydia. It was so encouraging to see their closeness and love as a family and Lydia’s joy for life through it all.

Despite the heat, it was a beautiful morning and I truly enjoyed getting to know this family more. A a special thanks to Leah from Healing with Hope and Happiness for setting me up with them. Ladies and gentlemen… meet the Harris family!

To hear more about Lydia’s story, you can visit the Friends of HHH page or her Cure for the Cousins site.


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