Our daughter Shawni, mother of five has had a particularly difficult week. Her youngest daughter Lucy has a rare syndrome called Bardet Biedel which means that her genetic make-up will not allow her eyes to receive enough protein and, unless science can intervene, she will be blind sometime between the ages of 9 and 15. She also lacks a hormone that tells her when she if full. Therefore she is always hungry. Almost all of the Bardet Biedel kids are overweight. And some social skills are lacking. She’s adorable at six but her mom mourns over what that will mean for her when she is a teenager.

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This week, her mom has had a hard time finding friends for Lucy to play. It broke her heart. There are also a plethora of decision facing her while her husband is out of town while they are building a new house. A speech she needs to give with an elaborate powerpoint is always loaded on her mind. It’s just been a very heavy week!

We are a family of art lovers. Somehow when one is in the depths of sorrow, art can help you heal. Our youngest daughter Charity has a friend who is an astounding artist named Caitlin Maxfield Connolly who did these first two pieces of art. The last was done by one of our favorite contemporary artists, Brian Kershisnik. The next time you’re heavy-laden with sorrow, just take a look at this beautiful artwork and see if you don’t feel better. It lighens your load….just to know that you’re not alone!

Charity posted these pictures on her blog and they spoke to Shawni in her time of sorrow. See what you think.

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