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Monday, July 12, 2010

Meet Christian

Okay, I feel like this is my right of passage.

It's time for my first video montage!

Everybody loves a montage, right?

This is the very first one I've ever made and I feel really nervous exposing it. I know that sounds funny but I feel like it's my heart right here for everyone to see. Yes, I know, I've been exposing everything since my very first blog post. But this is different.

A few things...

The montage chronicles Christian's life since he was born. I thought it was important that everyone know him from the beginning. Many people who follow Christian's Journey only know him from the time of the accident. So I want everyone to know him from before the accident, as well as who he is today.

It's also important for everyone to see not only pre-accident, but how far he's come from just after the accident. I'll warn you now that there are pictures that may be difficult to look at from when he was in the PICU. But they're part of Christian's story so I thought it was important that everyone see just how far he's come.

I thought this would be a painful right of passage, but I was sorely mistaken. I'm really proud of this video because I'm proud of the people in the video. When I watched it for the first time, I felt proud, happy, and hopeful. And every time I watch the video I have a big smile on my face at the end.

It's long! It's my first video so I had a hard time scaling down the pictures and videos. So if you can spare ten minutes (yes, ten minutes!), you'll have the opportunity to get fully acquainted with one of the loves of my life - my beautiful boy - Christian.

Meet Christian.








21 comments:

Makenzies Miracle said...

Christian is an AMAZING little boy with an AMAZING family! He has come so far and the journey is FAR from over! Love you guys SO much and can't wait to see you next week!

Tons of Hugs and Prayers from Colorado!
Pam and Makenzie!

Mel said...

Wow Shauna! Amazing video of your amazing guy. Crying while watching but not out of sadness...a lot out of hope and happiness that Christian has such wonderful love and support to do all of these amazing things he keeps doing. You all inspire me so much.

Love from Seattle,
Melissa
August Mommies Auntie

Caroline said...

Shauna! you totally made me cry..it's so beautiful! I see that last clip of Christian and his sister, and I think, what a blessing she is for him! It's a hard month for you (but for us too! obviously certainly not as hard, but still remembering Christian always!) We are thinking of you! We love the video!!

Amanda said...

So beautiful Shauna, he has certaintly come a very long way and I know that he will continue. That last video of Christian and Lola together is overwhelming sweet! He is very lucky to have a such a wonderful family.

Lots of love to you!

Jennifer said...

Beautiful!!...Happy tears for Christian..loved the ending shot of holding hands. May God continue to bless your family.

Peg said...

That was such a beautiful collection of photos and videos. I have only known Christian since the accident and this really helped me know him better - that little impish grin he had that still lies somewhere behind that beautiful face that I love - - I am sure of it. I feel blessed to be part of his "team" and to know you Shauna. You shine and he is so lucky to be your son. Peg

Alicia said...

Wow. Amazing. Courageous. Inspiring. Beautiful.

Thank you so much for sharing the Christian we have never met. It was wonderful to see. You did an amazing job on the montage. I would have watched it if it was an hour long! :-) He has come such a long way from a year ago, even from 6 months ago! It just makes me know that your Little Superman will continue to prove "them" wrong.

Keep it up, Christian! Keep proving the "experts" wrong!

Much love to you all...

GnJand Hailey said...

Omg....what a amazing montage! I cried throughout cause he is such a fighter. I LOVE the last shot of Lola reaching out to grab his hand!!

ferfischer said...

Oh Shauna - I know exactly how emotional putting that video together must have been. I've been there. And it absolutely is a rite of passage. And, it's beautiful! I'm so lucky to be with you on this path. Much love,
Jenny (and Cici, and family)

Jendioguardi said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! I love, love, LOVE this video of Christian and the beginning of his journey. You are all awesome!! XOXOXO

Annie said...

incredible. always thinking about your superman and praying for more healing. you are superwoman! beautiful and thanks for sharing!

giddyup said...

Beautiful Shauna. . . as I sit here crying my eyes out.

Colton's Journey said...

That was so wonderful. Tears running down my face! I love the end how they are holding hands. Thanks for sharing your story~

Anonymous said...

Wonderful video, from beginning to end. Christian is lucky to have such a wonderful support system, especially spunky Lola, and that fantastic big brother Gabe.

Lovebugs said...

Shauna- that was amazing!!! I'm totally bawling, but Christian has come so far in such a short amount of time! I can't wait to see what more time and more videos show how much further he makes it. He's proved many doctors wrong, he is such a miracle!

Anonymous said...

Wonderfully Amazing video!!!! Christian is doing so spectacular. That last video clip between Christian and Lola completely melted my heart and welled the eyes. Keep rocking it Super Christian, you are a testimony to God's love and determination!!!!

Lisa & Brock
www.caringbridge.org/visit/brockcherek

Erin (Gainesville, FL) said...

Hi -

You don't know me, but I'm friends with one of your August Mommies (Emily) who posted a link to your blog on HER blog a while back. Anyways - I've been following your blog for almost a year, and I had to post about your video. It was beautiful! I don't know your family, but I cheer every time your son takes a step forward and I'm sad when there are hardships. You are an inspiration - and while this video made me tear up - I'm so inspired by your faith, your love, and your acceptance. Thank you for your writing and sharing!

ShaunaQ said...

I have to say a HUGE thanks and hugs to everyone who has followed us and made such wonderful and inspirational comments.

This journey is not always easy, but you guys make it easier!

3guysandagirl said...

Beautiful tribute to a beautiful little boy. He's come so far in a year. So very far.

Kendra Lafferty said...

You did such a good job on this.
You ended it with the perfect clip, and the music was amazing.
dont question your montage abilities, they are way better than most.
One of my company's owners at work saw my bracelet and was interested in the story, would it be okay if i shared this with her. You can let me know on FB..
and p.s. Good Job Christian on eating by mouth!!
-Kendra

Anonymous said...

Wow! We have an AWESOME GOD!...and what a beautiful miracle Christian is..and what great parents you are..Thank you for how tall you stand and for sharing your journey with such faith and grace and most of all, with LOVE...I pray God keep HIS loving arms wrapped around all of you. God Speed on your journey and I will have and keep you in my prayers. Psalm 91
In Faith, Erin (Facebook Friend)

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