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Hi, I'm Kayla.


Jan 31, 2013

I’m writing this mostly as a reminder for myself but also to you to never take for granted the ones we love. (And maybe it will help explain partly why I have been neglecting the photography part of my life in the last few weeks.)

I’m sure most of you have heard about my Dad’s fall. He landed on his head while playing football in a garage with a concrete floor. The doctors said he suffered a brain injury similar to that of a head on collision, and may never be able to speak, calculate, or comprehend again. I’m so thankful to be able to say that thanks to praying people all over the globe and our Almighty God miracles are happening in his life, daily. Last night for the first, he talked. It didn’t necessarily make sense, but that didn’t matter. It was a HUGE step. One of many.

I’m not gonna lie- most days I would give just about anything to have my dad back. I go to market (he owns a restaurant in the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia) and I see him everywhere. And I miss him. I think of all the times he acted so crazy, and I kick myself for not laughing at him. For not thinking he’s funny. And for not telling him how much he means to me.

So I write this partially as a reminder, but also to publicly tell my dad,
“I love you. You are my hero, but you’re also my friend and I thank you for that.”

My parents just bought a cabin along Pine Creek this summer, so that’s where he spent ALL of his free time.

He rode this gator like a maniac all over the mountain… Seriously.

Those of you who know him, completely understood what I meant when I said he acted crazy.
Those of you who don’t, this is a prime example.
All of his siblings surprised my grandma and grandpa in Florida a few winters ago.
My poor grandma was so freaked out by these strange people who just came walking into their house. 🙂

And this was just this past Christmas. He was so proud of those big, ridiculous Steelers slippers. 🙂

I love you both. So much.

xoxo. Kayla


  1. Mary Ellen says:

    PTL!! Our God is able!! We will continue to pray and believe for total healing!! And you do have the sweetest parents!! Always loved hangin out with them!

  2. Melanie says:

    Beautiful post, Kayla…made me cry! Love & prayers <3

  3. Rosie says:

    Pictures are priceless!!! Treasure every moment you have with your Dad, you will never regret it. Your family has a special place in our hearts. Hugs to you today…

  4. I appreciate your dad, too…he did so much for the teachers and WMS school. Sorry to hear about his accident!

  5. mim smoker says:

    u made my eyes wet! great story Kayla! prayers going out everyday!

  6. Sue Esh says:

    Kayla- How very sweet!! I’m like Mim-sitting here with wet eyes, but thats ok!! So glad for the family of God at times like this…all around the world!! So many are praying for you all!! I hope you guys are keeping a journal of these days!! 🙂 Blessings!!!

  7. wilma wagler says:

    Praying for you Kayla and your pretty mama…

  8. Catherine Lapp says:

    Absolutely beautiful, Kayla! Sitting here with tears streaming down my face…thanks so much for sharing these precious moments with your Dad! Praising God for answered prayers and will continue to pray for complete healing! Your family is special and we love you all!

  9. Lori says:

    As I read this, I start to cry. Tears of joy that God kept him alive and is doing His marvelous works in your families lives; tears of memories because your dad truelly is a nut!!! Your words and pictures are priceless! We are still praying a whole bunch for your family and we are excited to see the miracles that God will do right before your eyes! Never stop believing in miracles!!!

  10. Lucy says:

    Kayla, this is lovely.

  11. […] Today is my dads 51st birthday, and I would like to wish him a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I can’t help but think back to his last birthday, which was spent so much differently. […]

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