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I just wanted to let you all know that we have moved the Still Reflections Photography Blog! So for all of you that subscribe here, go ahead and check out THE NEW BLOG and subscribe there to keep tabs on what we’re up too! Thanks!

I LOVE this shots from this mornings session with baby Hunter! He was such a little guy, weighing only 5 lbs. and  7 days new.  He was so easy to work with and just molded perfectly into every pose! Expect a SNEAK PEEK from his shoot very soon on the FACEBOOK PAGE ;)

We recently had  little Lilian in the studio for her first photo shoot and she was oh so sweet to hold and love on for the morning. Her parents are good friends of Darryl and I’s so it was  great to see them in their new role as parents! Lilian is one lucky baby girl with the two of them to raise her!

Thanks Allen & Liz for sharing your little one & for having me photograph her during this amazing time in all of your lives :)

-Lex

I promised a sneak peek to little Ashton’s doting parents so here it is! Thank you Mark & Pradika for having me be a part of your little guys first photo shoot.

Look at his sweet smile that he was flashing at us the entire session!

 

 

Last week we went to Madison’s (whom EVERYONE calls sister) preschool for their annual trike-a-thon.  Aiden went to the same preschool last year so it wasn’t my first rodeo. I knew exactly what to expect. Utter chaos! Try getting 3 classes filled with 3&4 yr olds to line up, wait patiently, and then race down the court in their own lanes, then turn and come back. It was quite amusing! The teachers & staff kept telling the kids that it wasn’t about winning, it only matters to have fun. I looked over at Sister and could tell she didn’t agree with all that nonsense. She wanted to win! The night before the ‘big race’ Aiden & Sister went over her game plan to win. They came up with some hysterical ideas. I just love how their little minds work!  Aiden told her she could throw a banana in the road to make them slip. Or she could borrow his new tools and take apart their bikes before the race. Of course my tough little girl opted out of those options and decided that she would hold her breath and peddle faster than anyone. And shes did! She won!

The school mascot came out to cheer for the kids and was met with terrified screaming children. The parents couldn’t help but laugh because the few who were afraid spotted him at about the same time and panicked. They did the unimaginable, and revealed the identity of the person beneath the mask! GASP! The kids throught it was  funny and all was well in the world.

Sister was still a little hesitant to sit by the Tiger. He looks scary right? ;)

Since it wasn’t about winning, all the kids got participation ribbons. Madi loved hers until she asked what the word participant, on her ribbon, meant. After I explained it, she wasn’t as thrilled. And so, the lessons on being a good sport vs. a poor sport have commenced in the Ferra household. This should be fun :/

I have been home from Uganda for 3 weeks already and am finally sitting down to write about my experience. I think I’ve waited so long because I honestly didn’t know exactly what to say yet. I needed time to figure through my thoughts and try to swallow the harsh reality of what is really happening in our world. My finger nails & feet are no longer stained  from the red Ugandan soil, I no longer have to sleep wrapped in a mosquito net or take malaria medication every morning, and there arent people everywhere around me who are living in desperation for survival. I’ve left all those things in Uganda, but the memories… those  i’ll have forever.

I joined a group of doctors and nurses on a short term medical mission with an organization called Palmetto Medical Initiative.  During our 10 day stay we set up temporary clinics, a new location for each day, in response to the basically non existent or unaffordable  health care system in Uganda. The team woke up early, drove long distances, and turned seemingly unstable churches or schools into  full functioning clinics, complete with teams of triage, providers, optometry, physical therapy, prayer and a pharmacy. Each morning we were greeted with long lines of Ugandans of all ages, some of whom slept in line in anticipation of our arrival.

I have been on several missions before, but none could have ever prepared me for the level of poverty that we all witnessed there. My heart just breaks knowing that death in Uganda and other countries like it, is something that is so common and accepted there. Its not acceptable. People are dying  ‘stupid deaths’  from diseases for which safe, effective and cheap treatment exists.

This next photo breaks my heart. A worried mother just sits awaiting the providers help for her son who was fever ridden from malaria. As a mother myself, I can’t even fathom just how scary it is to hold your sick child in a country where there is no medical help. Even if you could afford it, the help is very limited.

I’m so thankful for Organizations like PMI that care enough and give everything to help people who are such a great need.

I don’t want to live like I don’t care,I don’t want to say another empty prayer. I refuse to sit around and wait for someone else to do what God has called me to do myself.

I could choose not to move

But I refuse

This song reminds me of PMI and all their volunteers, from my trip and ones before it. They are choosing to move.

Take a quick listen :

This trip was life changing. I picked up my camera and set off on a plane to Uganda with around 50 strangers to simply document their work and help where needed. I had no idea I’d be helping in triage or cleaning flesh wounds. But it was needed. It was surprising to realize that they didn’t even know how to care for an injury or a wound. I mean, how would they? So even with my very basic knowledge when it comes to health care, I was able to give.  Everyone one came together and gave all that they could.

Here are some shots that I got of everyone in action:

^Lindsey working triage.

^Reames & Hannah treating a 2 week old with a huge abscess on her foot.

^I worked the 1st day in the pharmacy with Raquel, Tommy, Carrie, Bear, Ben & Kris.

^Teil registering patients and taking weights.

^Hannah comforting a  little girl.

^Amy running physical therapy.

^Erika working in triage.

^Kathryn comforting a scared & nervous patient.

^Annie & Acacia at work!

^Katherine & Brian helping the last patient of our trip.

^ Mary fitting glasses. ( A seriously hard task with the language barrier :)

I loved that everyone would take their lunch break or a free moment of their busy day to love  on  the children and give them attention that they crave so badly!

Our team set a PMI record and treated over 1600 patients in just 5 days. Even more rewarding than seeing a big number is knowing that they werent just treated as patients. Every team member poured their hearts into each and every Ugandan that walked through our makeshift clinic doors. They took the time to learn their story, hear their pain, and comfort them with prayer. With all of that said and with everything that we did and accomplished, I think we learned and received more than they did. They were an example of hope and resiliency against all odds. They have nothing yet are still happy & grateful for the little things. Some have lost family members or children or parents, they don’t have proper shelter or food, they don’t have their health yet most still have faith in a healing Creator that will provide. I walk away with a new outlook on life and appreciation for all that I have. Their gratefulness for our help defines it all.

PMI helps support the Family Spirit Orphange that we visited on our very 1st day in Uganda. It amazes me that such little staff can care for 120 children. Ive never had so much fun loving on sweet little ones. And you can tell they had an absolute blast aswell.

At the end of our time at the orphanage the kids sang us some songs. They had been practicing for quite some time!

Then after they sang for us, the guys from NEEDTOBREATHE sang a few songs for the kids. I love that they don’t just promote and bring awareness to  PMI but also care enough to give their time to work during one of their missions. What great guys!

I’m so grateful to have been able to travel with PMI and have the experience of a lifetime in Uganda. I can’t thank my family enough for the support they gave me through the entire process of my trip. I also  thank the PMI staff  for all that they do! Even though a small number of people are seen in comparison to the great medical need in Uganda, one trip at a time, lives are changed. It’s a testament to their dedication and to the loving, healing hand of a great Savior.

Right before my trip to Uganda (which I’ll blog about soon!) I was able to fit in one last session with THE Gagniers! SUCH A FUN FAMILY! This session was super laid back and just pure fun. We  walked around, found cool places to shoot, and mainly laughed at all the crazy things little Muse was doing. Let me tell you, this 10 month old is already a flirt & knows how funny he is! Way cute!

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