Brandy Day171: John Olvey

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This man. John Olvey. (Boston’s Papo) Where do I even begin. John has seen me at my highest of highs and lowest of lows. Hugged me while laughing and wiped my tears as they fell. He’s the definition of loyalty, honesty, love & faithfulness. If your blessed enough to be part of his family he would move mountains for you. If you’re not ‘in’, you better never hurt someone he loves. As one of my main support beams in an uneasy foundation, John has helped me through so much.
To say I owe him would be an understatement. I will never be able to repay this man for all the good he’s brought to my life. Everyday I am thankful that you play such a huge role in my life. I love you Gator.

Brandy Day160: Boston Ellie

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Today we celebrated Boston’s 3rd birthday, as well as the departure of the Olvey family onto a new journey.
I met Ethan as a co worker 3 years ago. Boston, his niece, was just a baby fighting infancy and cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is a disease passed down that causes a thick mucus that builds up in the lungs, digestive tract, and other areas of the body. It is one of the most common chronic lung diseases in children and young adults.  Nearly 30,000 Americans suffer from this disease. 
I’ve had the pleasure of watching her grow and fight. I remember holding her when she was just months old. Hiding her enzymes in her Mac and cheese as she grew. Watching her take them like a big girl before requesting a frosty and Papo (Grandpa Olvey). If you’ve met Boston your life has been changed. Josh & Ashley (her parents) have raised a God loving, strong willed, inspirational, beautiful young girl.
Research shows that salty mist from the water can help break up thick mucus in the lungs and makes breathing easier. It helps draw fluid out of the lung tissue and create a surface lining that kids would not have.
Good luck Olveys on the East coast. Your Midwest family & friends support you and love you.

Brandy Day154: It’s Not Mine

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I did not take this photo, however it was sent to me, taken for me.
I suppose I never realized how much my photography meant to me until I couldn’t shoot, nor how much my photos mean to others until things like this happen.
My friends & family send me photos they’ve taken either cause they know I’d be in love with the scene or because I’d be taking the same photo if I were standing right there beside them. I cannot express what it means to me to have made an impact on others lives with my photos and viewpoint.
Thank you for all the support and love from all those who surround me. It means the world to me.
We all view things differently, however if we were to take the time, we’d all see the beauty in life and that what surrounds us.