Us, captured

Feb 17

Us, captured

As I’ve been sitting in the chemo lounge today, I’ve been thinking good thoughts.  It is strange to be told to sit in a recliner for 6+ hours for a busy mom like me, but I’ve learned to capitalize on the time and I really and truly enjoy it.  This room, the chemo room, is my sacred hallowed ground.  One of the things I’ve been thinking about today is how much I love my family.  We are so blessed.  Want to see some happiness?  Here ya go!


(You can click on the photo to get to Carolyn’s site and see a lot more photos from our shoot in her blog post.)

A few weeks ago we went out for a fun family photo shoot with our friend Carolyn, of carolyn bowles photography.  Immediately before I lost my hair in December, I was in a tizzy to try to get family photos in.  I’m proud of my baldness, as I see it as an outward expression of my cancer-fighting badass side, but in family photos, I felt like it could be distraction from what our family is really all about.  Ironically, the day after I tried to get organized to get a photo shoot together, my hair started falling out in clumps, and we buzzed it.  Carolyn and I began emailing a few weeks later, and I shared with her my hesitation with the baldness and asked her if she thought we should wait for summertime when I would have (a little bit) of hair.  Carolyn suggested that we do an outdoor shoot in the snow; we could all wear hats and scarves and it would add to the fun.  Since the last photos we did in 2012 were in the spring, I thought this was a fantastic idea and a fun twist.  And, truly, it could not have turned out better.  I’m so thrilled that she had a vision for our family’s unique situation and was creative all aspects of the shoot.  She even had her team of helpers (her own awesome family) help with snowman construction, and we had hot chocolate, warm cookies, and great conversation after the shoot.  Carolyn really created a magical memory-making experience for us, and her pictures really capture the essence of Brad, Maren, Greta and myself.  Thank you Carolyn.  Thank you.

Carolyn wrote her own blog post about our family’s photo shoot on her site, and there are a lot more photos posted in her post if you want to see more.  Carolyn also did a shoot for us in 2012, so if you scroll through her blog to that date, you can take a walk through memory lane with the Anderson’s.  If you are looking for a Cincinnati photographer, I highly recommend her!

I can’t wait to coat more of our walls with happiness.  ‘Tis such a blessing to grin as I see these images.  It’s us, captured.



  1. I need a new family picture – these are awesome! You all just radiate! I need to plaster my walls with them. Good pics of all of you. Hugs

  2. Kris Staverman /

    Picture perfect and a beautiful reminder of the winter we’ve been blessed with this year. And yes, blessed, because snowy wintery days remind us that we all need to take it easy and enjoy the beauty of the day with family.

  3. Lori6NV /

    Gorgeous! Just perfect. And so, so important. I lost a loved one today and had to search and search for just one good snap of us together. Good thing that 48.5 years from today, the girls will have so many vivid, gorgeous memories. Prayers for you this chemo, too.

    • Absolutely gorgeous!! There is so much Mathie in those beautiful girls!!

  4. Love this photoshoot and love the love. Praying for BLUE to do it’s cancer killing job! LOVE!

  5. Tiffany /

    I LOVE these photos, but I love that you posted this TODAY, blue cancer-killing day!! And that you are in that bright blue sweater and Brad in the Navy sweater…coincidence, I think not!!

  6. LOVE these pictures. They are awesome. The love and joy is so evident on everyone’s faces. I love all the colors too. Just perfect!
    Cheering for you today!!

  7. Aunt annie /

    Vibrant colors contrasting against the white snow and such joy radiating from your faces! Well done Andersons and Carolyn!

    • Marlayne Skeens /

      Love the Photos ~ They are so much Fun ~ Loved the Pink, Yellow & Bright Colors !!!!!!!!!!!! One would never know you are a Chemo Angel 🙂

  8. Stunning family. Absolutely gorgeous! The love radiates from these photos. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Amyrhoo /

    I wore blue for you today, but I’ll trade in blue for that awesome teal coat! Where did you get it?

  10. Tiffany Green /

    Beautiful pictures of a gorgeous family!

  11. Can you say LOVE? You and the pictures…love the happiness and the bright colors. You are all more beautiful than ever 🙂 Down with blue chemo and onward my soldier 🙂


  12. Abigail /

    I love everything about these pictures! A beautiful moment in time captured of a beautiful family!!

  13. Love love LOVE all of this!! You guys look spectacular & so happy 🙂 I love all the love!! 🙂

  14. Jennifer /

    Stunning, Glowing, Radiant. You have a beautiful family. Prayers and wishes being sent all the way from Canada – go Blue go!