Credit and Appreciation go to: Linsay Huitink


Acclaimed photographer Sally Mann once said “Photographs open doors into the past, but they also allow a look into the future.” This is especially true for our friend Christopher. This is a great photo of 13-year-old Christopher, but it carries with it a lot of meaning. Christopher’s fantastic smile reflects the joy he felt at the moment the photo was taken as well as the smile he’d like to carry forward into his future with an adoptive family. But it also masks the emotions from a childhood full of memories that didn’t include many of those smiles. Christopher’s past hurts and trauma are balanced by his future hopes and dreams, but he lives in a present where that balance shifts from day-to-day. Most days Christopher is hopeful and happy, but other days he finds himself affected by his past more than he’d like. Christopher needs a family to patiently give him the time and room to continue working hard to shift that balance further and further into the positive. The payoff? Just look at that smile again and imagine seeing that face and that joy every day. What a blessing that would be. 2819969

Age: 13

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