So many things happened in the last two weeks, but none of them felt as important as sharing something on my heart. I don’t know how long exactly we have known the Frames; I just know that they have always been in our lives. Becky and Darren are the sweetest, most generous parents and they raised two amazing, respectful, Christ following boys. I have a terrible memory, but I have fuzzy memories of Maryanne and I hanging out with their boys Andrew and Jared when we were younger. As we grew up, all four of us being different ages, all went in different directions but they remained good family friends. We would see them at church or at school as we all traveled in the same circles. We were at a lot of big milestones to celebrate, and as I started doing photography, Becky and Darren hired me.
I had the pleasure of being there for Jared’s Senior photos and when everyone in Jared’s class was getting ready to go to prom! I took photos of Jared and his lovely girlfriend Lauren after her senior year. And, last year, Aaron and I drove down to Waco to visit the Frames for Andrew’s Baylor graduation. A little over a week ago I was told that Jared frame (20 years old) was in the hospital with a bacterial infection that had spread all over his body, he couldn’t see and he was very disoriented. I got this terrible feeling. There wasn’t anything we could do buy pray. We prayed for healing and wisdom and a miracle. Not too long after, Jared faced more complications and soon after went to be with the Lord.
My heart hurt and ached as this family who has always served others and loved others, followed the Lord was hurting. No one deserves this, but they especially did not.
But, this family has been nothing but a testimony to the Lord. They have held on tight to their faith, putting post it notes of bible verses all over the hospital room, asking that people pray for them to give their son over graciously to the Lord and that God will be glorified. How selfless of a prayer is that? I can’t say that I would be so strong if I were in the situation myself. It is terribly sad to watch a family go through something so heart-breaking. And, it is awful to see someone so young lose his life. It is hard imagine what it feels like. All we can do is pray. And, we can treasure the lives we have around us. Love those that are near to us and those who are far. Tell people what they mean to you.
I feel so honored to have captured different moments in Jared’s life for him and for his girlfriend, Lauren. I never would have thought that those would be some of their last photos together. It puts a whole new meaning on my job. I always say that I am freezing moments and capturing memories that people can hold onto for a lifetime, but I see that is true more than I ever have before. I am blessed to have known Jared Frame and I take comfort knowing that he is in heaven with his Heavenly Father.
To the Frames, you are an amazing family. I am so blessed to know you and you will be in our prayers. You have raised amazing boys and you are such an example for so many. Love you.