Sue Ling’s Session of Hope
I am so pleased to introduce Sue Ling, my first child to photograph for Sessions of Hope. She is so funny and such a joy to be around. She quickly stole my heart in the short time that I was with her! Enjoy some of my favorite images from her session, along with Sue Ling’s story, written by her Mama.
“In March of 2015, we traveled to China and brought home our beautiful daughter, Sue Ling. We had struggled with infertility for many years, and Sue Ling had been in the orphanage all her life, but God had a plan to bring us all together.”
“We believe that Sue Ling has an extremely rare genetic syndrome called, Carpenter Syndrome. One of the characteristics of this syndrome is that the skull fuses prematurely, which resulted in the differences you see in Sue Ling’s face. Worldly standards would say she is broken, but God’s truth tells us she is ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’. Psalm 139:15-16 says, ‘My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.’ “
“God has shown us many times, and in many ways, that He has a wonderful plan for this special child. We feel privileged to be called “Mama” and “Baba” and are excited to see the story of her life unfold.”
“We’ve experienced, and seen, that brokenness and despair can make you feel defeated…but God’s hope is stronger than the darkness. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” His plans can not be thwarted!”
“We thank Jennifer for capturing our daughter in such a beautiful way! We had hoped to find someone that could showcase the rare beauty that we see in our daughter… you have done just that. God bless you in your work and with ‘Sessions of Hope’! “
Sue Ling wears a special necklace, given to her by her Nanny in China. As you can see, she cherishes it.
See the red thread? An old Chinese proverb states, “An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break.”
That red thread connects her to people across the world, meaning the love for her in this world stretches across our oceans. SueLing is a special child with a big purpose!
It was my pleasure to meet her and bless her family with these portraits!
Sessions of Hope are for children facing life challenges or life threatening illnesses. If you would like to nominate a child for a Session of Hope, please use the Contact form in the menu above.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” Jeremiah 29:11
Jennifer Rutledge offers Sessions of Hope for families with children facing life challenges in the Central Mississippi and surrounding areas
including, but not limited to, Brandon, Canton, Clinton, Jackson and Madison.
To nominate a family for a Session of Hope, use the Contact form in the menu above.
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