Kjrsten Madsen Photography




VAL (part 1)(news)

By the request of some family members as well as my own personal desires, my mother is about to become the main focus of my personal work.
If you know most of the back story then you understand why. If you don't have a clue what I am talking about you can read about her situation HERE (it is a blog my dad set up to keep all concerned parties updated)
About a year ago, my dad's chocolate Labrador died, she was old and suffering. My girls cried really hard when they heard the news. For several days. It wasn't even their dog, but they are tender like that. My parents came down today to talk to my girls. To give them the latest. I told my parents I couldn't do it this time. They have heard bad news about my mom innumerable times over the years. Cancer can be like a roller coaster, but with more downs than ups. I gave my parents the dirty job. After the little chat, the mood was surprisingly uplifting despite the obvious hardships ahead. It was then I told the girls they were special. They would learn to be strong, and grateful for precious little things, and grow in faith along the way. But also, they (we. me. us.) are lucky to know her and call her our grandmother, mother, wife, sister, auntie, friend.

{Fuji 3000B. Hasselblad 500C w/polaroid back (scanned and inverted negs)}
My mom likes halloween. a lot. Do you like her spider pin? She LOVES it!


alexismdyer said...

thank you for doing this my sweet sister.

It really means so much.

I love you and ache for you and our whole family..

at conference I kept having this prompting:

Do Not Fear! Put your trust in the Lord. He knows each of us and understands the thoughts, desires, wishes deep inside us. He will never leave us. Angels are with us.. I'm sure Grandma Iz is hanging at your house while the Italians are always hangin at mine.. :)

Love you sis.

Candis said...

I've been a long-time lurker following your work (your photos are so beautiful, they make me smile too :-) ... I had to delurk to tell you how moved I was by this post and these images. Your mom is lovely, and her beauty just shines in her eyes. Sending blessings to you and your family. xo

Molly W. said...

Val is beautiful inside and out and I'm thankful you are doing this. Prayers are constantly being sent your way, Dyers. xo

anna said...

sometimes i wish i could let my art speak for my heart. this is lovely. thank you.

Bella Dyer said...

Go ahead and make me cry! You are wonderful, amazing and talented! Love the first pic, she is a hottie isn't she?! Thats who you all get it from! i keep wanting to ignore what may be the future, Her faith and amazing attitude keep me up.

Rebecca Parker said...

kjrst, my mom had told me about the dreaded recurrence and i know anna had mentioned briefly on her blog/FB, but didn't realize the severity:( keep taking pics dear friend and i also bookmarked your dad's sweet sentiments--i think i need to go call my mom now too! priceless moments...our thoughts & prayers are with you to savor each one that you have together & beyond cuz we know that's possible thanks to the gospel!!

Wendy Laurel said...

your mom is so beautiful and young. amazing photos once again. Im so sorry you guys are going through this, but I am moved by how you are doing it.


Tory said...

Your mother is gorgeous! As are you.
Your images & words are inspiring.
Sorry you and your family are going through this.

Diana said...

your mom is absolutely beautiful.


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