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Kamiyah : Maybe One Day

Kamiyah : Maybe One Day

By Elisha HillMommy to KamiyahTurner Syndrome, Congenital Heart Defect2023Kamiyah was my 6th pregnancy and, because of my age, we decided to do the NIPT testing in the first trimester of my pregnancy. We wanted to do a gender reveal, but unfortunately that wasn't...

Jacob : Missed Every Day

Jacob : Missed Every Day

By Taylor RobersonMommy to JacobTrisomy 10q2022-2023When we first found out we were pregnant we were so excited. Then we went in for our anatomy scan and our world changed. Baby boy was measuring small and his heart did not look normal. We got an amniocentesis that...

Wyatt : Watching Every Breath

Wyatt : Watching Every Breath

By Stephanie Weidknecht Mommy to Wyatt Laryngomalacia Tracheamalacia Born in February 2022 Wyatt was born a healthy full-term baby, or so we thought. Immediately after birth, he sounded like a dog toy, and I thought “that’s a cute quirk.” Occasionally I would worry...

Lincoln : Just Breathe

Lincoln : Just Breathe

By Brooke RiddlespergerMommy to LincolnChronic Lung Disease / Bronchopulmonary DysplasiaBorn in November 2019 I had a super rough pregnancy, something was always wrong. I was in and out of triage. This night was different because I KNEW something was really bad,...

Abigail : Everything Will Be Alright

Abigail : Everything Will Be Alright

May is Anencephaly Awareness MonthMarcy JuddMommy to AbigailAnencephalyOctober 2022We started trying to get pregnant with our second child in January 2021. We knew we’d probably need medical help as it had taken two rounds of fertility treatments to get pregnant the...

Caroline : Life in Slow Motion

Caroline : Life in Slow Motion

May is Anencephaly Awareness MonthBy Mackenzie SlackMommy to CarolineAnencephalyFebruary 2023Our journey began with the happiest August ever. The three of us (my husband, son, and I) were overjoyed to find out we were expecting. Our son was 3 when we found out we were...

Benjamin : 311 Days

Benjamin : 311 Days

April is Donate Life MonthBy Jackie HayMommy to BenjaminBorn April 2022Congenital Heart Defect - Hypoplastic Left Heart SyndromeTransplant SurvivorIn September 2021, we were surprised to learn that our family of three would soon be turning into a family of give! At...

Henry : Always Adapting

Henry : Always Adapting

April is Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness MonthBy Christine HunterMommy to HenryBorn August 2018Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia5q14.3-5q15 Deletion, Bosch Boonstra Schaaf Optic Atrophy Syndrome, MEF2C Haploinsufficiency Syndrome, Cortical Visual Impairment,...

Samuel : Such a Joy

Samuel : Such a Joy

April is Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness MonthBy Elle QuinnMommy to SamuelBorn December 2022Congenital Diaphragmatic HerniaI found out about Samuel's pregnancy after I had experienced three losses before him. I had an older son and we had been trying to have...

Advocating for the Communities We Serve

Advocating for the Communities We Serve

By Michelle L. CramerFounder and Executive Director of On Angels' WingsIt’s hard to believe, but On Angels’ Wings is nearly 11 years old now. When I founded the organization in 2013, I never fathomed the reach that it would have over a decade later, with more than...

Hazel : Blindsided by a Second Diagnosis

Hazel : Blindsided by a Second Diagnosis

March is Brain Abnormalities Awareness MonthBy Rebecca NorrisMommy to HazelBorn February 2016Pontocerebellar HypoplasiaHazel was born prematurely. My water broke at 24 weeks and they kept her in until 27 weeks and 4 days. This is when our journey with On Angels’ Wings...

Louie : Love Keeps Him Here

Louie : Love Keeps Him Here

March is Brain Abnormalities Awareness MonthBy Maria BottinoMommy to LouieBorn August 2021Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)I’ve been told since I was 16 years old that I would never get pregnant due to a health concern of my own – endometriosis. In January 2021...

Rhylyn : Unbreakable Bond

Rhylyn : Unbreakable Bond

March is Brain Abnormalities Awareness MonthBy Braedn ArnallDaddy to RhylynBorn February 2019Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)Rhylyn had a traumatic birth. Thankfully, she is a very strong girl and is doing her best to overcome any obstacles. As hard as it may be,...

Tate : It is Well With My Soul

Tate : It is Well With My Soul

March is Brain Abnomalities Awareness MonthBy Heather CrowleyMommy to TateBorn June 2019Ohtahara SyndromeRecently married with a three-year-old stepson, my husband and I decided to try to get pregnant fairly quickly so that the kids could be close in age. We were...

Izzy : True Vision of a Warrior

Izzy : True Vision of a Warrior

March is Brain Abnormalities Awareness MonthBy Carrie DyalMommy to Izadora “Izzy”Born August 2019Intractable epilepsy without status epilepticus and global delaysMy husband and I had had two miscarriages before Izzy was born; a twin pregnancy lost at 8.5 weeks, and a...

Amada : Never Forgotten

Amada : Never Forgotten

February is Rare Disease Awareness MonthBy Scott McDonaldDaddy to AmadaPentalogy of CantrellBorn November 2022We always wanted to have children, just not sure of the timing. We tried for some time before it happened, so when we got pregnant, we were so happy. We...

Joey : Everything in Stride

Joey : Everything in Stride

February is Rare Disease Awareness MonthBy Penny RodenhouseMommy to Joseph “Joey”PTPRT Gene Mutation, Moebius Syndrome, Tracheomalacia, Congenital Myopathy, Epilepsy, Hypotonia, Chronic respiratory failureBorn May 2022My husband and I tried to have a baby for 6 years...

Ledger : What He Was Supposed to Be

Ledger : What He Was Supposed to Be

February is Rare Disease Awareness MonthBy Abby FaumuinaMommy to LedgerLimb Body Wall ComplexApril 12, 2023After trying to get pregnant for over 3 years, we finally gave up and decided we were probably infertile. To our surprise, on August 27, 2023 we found out I was...

Ezra : Peace That Surpasses Understanding

Ezra : Peace That Surpasses Understanding

By Lisa EgglestonMommy to EzraMay 24 – May 25, 2019AcraniaWe decided we wanted to start our family fairly young to be younger parents. After a couple of months, we were soon pregnant with our first child in September 2018. We were excited and started making plans for...

Beckham : Terrified Hope

Beckham : Terrified Hope

By Angela FrankMommy to BeckhamOctober 26 – November 12, 2022Brain AVM, Heart FailureBeckham’s pregnancy was a really big surprise! A surprise we didn't know we wanted so bad until it happened. Nick and I had been together for 5 years and were raising Brooks, my child...

Ilah : Fight Together

Ilah : Fight Together

By Nicole WeberMommy to IlahBorn August 2023Pulmonary Atresia – Congenital Heart DefectWe went in for our 20-week anatomy scan for our second child and found we were having a girl. However, the ultrasound tech started to seem a little worried. Once the scan was done,...

Samuel : Cherish Every Moment

Samuel : Cherish Every Moment

By Darby HarveyMommy to SamuelBorn March 2023Trisomy 13My husband and I struggled with infertility. We were in the process of seeing multiple specialists for infertility treatment when we found out we were pregnant. At our 20-week anatomy scan they found our little...

How the Grief Recovery Method Helped an OAW Momma

How the Grief Recovery Method Helped an OAW Momma

I wrote this on my Facebook profile two years ago and it’s still one of the best things my husband and I have ever gone through together. I highly, highly recommend the Grief Recovery Method. Friends, if you have a loss of any kind that you need to walk through and...

OAW Provides NICU Halloween Mini Sessions

OAW Provides NICU Halloween Mini Sessions

For the first time in the organization’s 10 years, On Angels’ Wings provided free Halloween mini sessions for families in the NICU at both hospitals in its headquarters city of Springfield, Missouri on October 30, 2023. Twenty-two generous individuals handmade and...

Taezia : Praying for a Miracle

Taezia : Praying for a Miracle

September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness MonthTina CaudleMommy to TaeziaNeurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1)As a mom you know when something is wrong with your child. Taezia was born with a scary looking brown spot on the skin on her lower back. We asked her pediatrician...

Lana : Shining Smile

Lana : Shining Smile

September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness MonthBy Tonya MorrisMommy to LanaNeurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1)Lana’s journey started when she was born (August 2017). She scream-cried every day and almost all day long. She projectile vomited after every feeding and wasn’t...

Riley : From Fear to Cancer Free

Riley : From Fear to Cancer Free

September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness MonthBy Samantha LaBargeMommy to RileyInfant Acute Lymphocytic LeukemiaEverything started when Riley was about 4 or 5 months old – she had a bump on her head and what seemed like a cold with a fever that wouldn’t break with...

Elijah : Just Three Months

Elijah : Just Three Months

September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness MonthTyra JohnsMommy to ElijahMalignant Rhabdoid Tumor Predisposition SyndromeFebruary 23 – May 20, 2022I found out I was pregnant unexpectedly in June 2021, just 4 months after giving birth to Elijah’s older sister. Being only...

Gabriel : Our Little Warrior

Gabriel : Our Little Warrior

September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness MonthBy Janet LopezMommy to GabrielGrade 3 Anaplastic Astrocytoma of ThalamusApril 8, 2016 – February 4, 2023Gabriel was born the spring of 2016. He was a happy, healthy baby, and we were so happy to finally have him in our...

Celebrating 10 Years : What’s Ahead

Celebrating 10 Years : What’s Ahead

When I started On Angels’ Wings 10 years ago, I intended to fill a need in the 417 area. That was my vision, and we did 41 sessions in and around Springfield our first full year. By 2015, we were looking for volunteers in St. Louis because so many of the families we...

Willa : Amazingly Resilient

Willa : Amazingly Resilient

May is Lung Disease Awareness MonthWhitney WoodringMommy to WillaBorn November 2017Congenital Central Hypoventilation SyndromeWilla is our second child. Like most parents, we were excited to have a new baby, to give our other daughter a little sister to grow up with...

Shyla : Remembering Smiles

Shyla : Remembering Smiles

May is Lung Disease Awareness MonthBy Becky HuffmanMommy to ShylaBorn December 2014Bronchial Pulmonary Dysplasia, Cerebral Palsy Shyla came to us through foster care when she was 9 months old, in September of 2015. We did not know she was medically fragile at the...

Archer : Deep Breath

Archer : Deep Breath

June is Lung Disease Awareness MonthBy Allyson MattinglyMommy to ArcherBorn May 2021BPD (Bronchopulmonary dysplasia) - chronic lung diseaseOverall, my pregnancy with Archer was normal. At my 20-week anatomy scan they thought something was wrong with his heart. So,...

Cecelia : Here for a Moment

Cecelia : Here for a Moment

May is Anencephaly Awareness MonthBy Shyanne CeradskyMommy to Cecelia FayeAnencephalyJuly 19, 2022My baby lived 39 precious weeks inside my womb, and just moments outside in the world, and her life still mattered. We went to a third-party ultrasound place to get some...

Haleigh : Always Smiling

Haleigh : Always Smiling

April is Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness MonthApril is Donate Life MonthBy Tara HahsMommy to HaleighCongenital Diaphragmatic Hernia and Bilateral Wilms TumorsHaleigh was diagnosed with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia while I was pregnant at my 18-week scan....

Chanse : Stable and Thriving

Chanse : Stable and Thriving

April is Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness MonthBy Janell SchwarzMommy to Chanse SchwarzCongenital Diaphragmatic HerniaI found out I was pregnant at 13 weeks. I went in for a routine sonogram at 14 weeks with my OBGYN in Topeka, and I knew then I was having a...

On Angels’ Wings accomplished a lot in 2022!

On Angels’ Wings accomplished a lot in 2022!

_______________________________ On Angels’ Wings is a Missouri non-profit organization that seeks to improve the mental health and wellness of families with medically fragile children (regardless of race, ethnicity, class status or orientation) through therapeutic...

Winnie : Sweet One

Winnie : Sweet One

March is Trisomy Awareness MonthBy Emily VinsonMommy to WinnieTrisomy 18Born September 1, 2021It all started when I had gotten my 10 week NIPT blood test done. It came back 96% positive for the rare genetic disorder, Trisomy18. When my doctor called, she explained...

OAW launches photographer mentorship program

OAW launches photographer mentorship program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 1, 2023 Springfield and St. Louis, Missouri: On Angels' Wings is pleased to announce that it has launched a mentorship program for photographers interested in volunteering for the organization, but still new to photography. A large...

Harper Mae : Second Heartbreaking Loss

Harper Mae : Second Heartbreaking Loss

February is Heart MonthBy Katelyn LeeMommy to Harper MaeCHD - Truncus ArteriosusAugust 21 – October 17, 2022 My husband and I found out we were pregnant with our son in January of 2021. We spent January to May loving every minute and getting ready to welcome our son...

Cole : A Sense of Normalcy

Cole : A Sense of Normalcy

February is Heart MonthBy Maggie ButtramMommy to ColeCongenital Heart DefectI remember every detail of what we thought would be our 19-week anatomy scan for our second child; it became a moment that is burned in my mind forever. My husband had to work, so I went...

Kendrick : Change of Mindset

Kendrick : Change of Mindset

By Breanna ScottMommy to KendrickSpina BifidaOur journey with Spina Bifida began at my anatomy scan while pregnant with our first child, Kendrick, in 2017. My OB noticed some abnormalities on my ultrasound and sent me to a local maternal fetal medicine doctor. While...

Zander : A Father’s Grief Fuels Purpose

Zander : A Father’s Grief Fuels Purpose

By Micah ClarkDaddy to Zander Born still on August 12, 2017My wife, Raelynn and I were super excited to welcome our son in the fall of 2017, and life was good until that summer. August 11th, a typical day, we went in for our baby's check-up. We got checked in and...

Jennifer : Life is Precious

Jennifer : Life is Precious

Jennifer Snider, owner of Simply Taken by Jen and Finley Collective Photo Studio & Event Center, has been a volunteer photographer with On Angels’ Wings since February of 2014, just four months after the organization was founded. She also served on the board of...

Hope Ebbs and Flows : Stories from Loss

Hope Ebbs and Flows : Stories from Loss

October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness MonthBy Marisa BaeseMommy to AnabelAugust 15 - October 2, 2018Trisomy & Congenital Heart DefectHope: a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. The definition of hope is pretty direct and...

Martha : Time Cut Short

Martha : Time Cut Short

May is Anencephaly Awareness MonthBy Taleah JohnstonMommy to Martha Born still on May 24, 2022AnencephalyMy husband and I take a fishing trip for our anniversary each year. When our anniversary came in 2021, we were ready for a few days at the lake and decided it...

Autumn Reminders : Stories From Loss

Autumn Reminders : Stories From Loss

By Marisa BaeseMommy to AnabelAugust 15 - October 2, 2018Trisomy & Congenital Heart DefectSeptember, the only full month I had with my daughter. Sounds pretty rough when I say it like that, but it's not incorrect. Sure I had nearly 8 months to carry her and try to...

Easton | Micro Preemie to Five Years

Easton | Micro Preemie to Five Years

My fiancé Lane and I were very young when I found out I was pregnant with Easton – I was 19 and he was 20. Our expectations were to have a healthy full-term baby. That’s what any parent hopes for. We dreamed of being able to have Easton room in with us after delivery,...

Rebekkah | Part of My Healing

Rebekkah | Part of My Healing

In 2018 I married my best friend, a first responder, and the one person who was everything I swore up and down I would NEVER settle for. A month later I started a daycare. A year after that we decided it was time to start trying for one of our own. Yes, there were a...

Kayden : At His Own Pace

Kayden : At His Own Pace

We received Kayden’s diagnosis of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia at our 20 week anatomy scan when they discovered that his diaphragm had a large hole. This hole (hernia) allowed the majority of his abdominal organs to migrate into his chest and severely compromised...

In It for the Long Haul

In It for the Long Haul

Michelle Slavens, newly "promoted" to Vice President of On Angels' Wings in addition to her Support Coordinator role, reflects upon her nearly nine years with the organization, and her hopes for the future.   After nine years with On Angels’ Wings, I’m stepping...

Bowen Dean : Never Forget

Bowen Dean : Never Forget

May is Anencephaly Awareness MonthBy Tiffany SmithMommy to Bowen DeanAnencephalyAugust 2021In August 2021, my husband and I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, Bowen Dean. Bowen had the most beautiful dark blue eyes, the longest salon curled eyelashes, an adorable...

Happy 9th Birthday, On Angels’ Wings!

Happy 9th Birthday, On Angels’ Wings!

By Michelle L. Cramer. Founder & Executive Director Nine years. Geez. I know ‘surreal’ gets overused a lot, but that doesn’t diminish it’s meaning for me. It really is hard to believe that On Angels’ Wing has existed for almost a decade. While you might think that...

Why Grief Recovery

Why Grief Recovery

By: Michelle L. Cramer, founder & executive director When I began doing bereavement photography nearly 15 years ago, the organization I volunteered for provided pictures for families in their most dire moments of distress, but nothing beyond that. It was so very...

Brian : Tiny Hero

Brian : Tiny Hero

April is CDH Awareness MonthI found out at 12 weeks that I was pregnant. We were shocked but excited. As an early Mother’s Day present I found out at 16 weeks that our sweet little caboose was another boy (youngest of three). After two healthy pregnancies I had...

Kamry : Super Girl

Kamry : Super Girl

March is Trisomy Awareness MonthMy husband and I knew we were ready to start a family, unfortunately we got the news he was going to be deployed July 2013. So we prayed about it and decided that we would let God decide if we would get pregnant before he left for...

Ashlyn : My Hero, My Strength, My Heart

Ashlyn : My Hero, My Strength, My Heart

March is Trisomy Awareness MonthI found out my sweet baby girl, Ashlyn, had Trisomy 18 (Edwards Syndrome) at my 20-week ultrasound. Doctors in Springfield – where we lived at the time – found I had only one artery on my umbilical cord and that she had a cleft lip. She...

Kaylyn : Angel Watching Over Us

Kaylyn : Angel Watching Over Us

February is Heart MonthWe found out we were pregnant with our second child on October 8, 2017; 11 days before Harper, our oldest daughter, turned one. We had decided to try again, but didn’t expect it to happen that quickly, what we like to call a “planned surprise.”...

Watson : Heart of a Warrior

Watson : Heart of a Warrior

February is Heart MonthBaby Ace, as we called him before finding out his gender and deciding a name, was a beautiful surprise! The moment I found out I was pregnant I did all the healthy things you can imagine. I was very conscious about what I put into my body and...

Raine : Keeping Pace

Raine : Keeping Pace

I never expected to be a heart mom. I never thought I’d have to pass my baby off to a surgeon; it’s the hardest thing to ever do as a mom. I never knew what the CHD world was before Raine was born. I just thought how any other parent thought: I’m having a baby I’m...

What Makes On Angels’ Wings Different

What Makes On Angels’ Wings Different

By Michelle L. Cramer, Founder & Executive Director There are other child bereavement photography services out there, but we stand out in a few ways. On Angels’ Wings is by no means competing with these other organizations. Our intention is to fill the gaps,...

No One Wants to Talk About it….

No One Wants to Talk About it….

By Michelle L. Cramer. Founder & Executive Director I’ve been working with bereaved families for nearly 14 years now and that is the underlying thing I’ve learned – everyone wants to pretend that babies don’t die. Parents suffer in silence because no one wants to...

Za’morah | Trauma and Loss

Za’morah | Trauma and Loss

After being diagnosed with PCOS in 2009, my dreams of becoming a mom were crushed when I was told my body would fight off 9/10 pregnancies, making it almost impossible to carry to term. Fortunately, in October 2019, I had my first live birth... a little girl, and...

Owen | God’s Lasting Miracle

Owen | God’s Lasting Miracle

Following a previous miscarriage, we were experiencing a ‘typical’ pregnancy — until a sonogram changed everything. At our 20 week ultrasound, Owen’s head could not be viewed and we were told to reschedule for 4 weeks out. At the time, we had no suspicion that...

In Memoriam | Michelle Renfro

In Memoriam | Michelle Renfro

By Michelle L. Cramer, Founder & Executive Director Michelle Renfro joined On Angels' Wings as a volunteer photographer in November 2016. She quickly showed herself to be dedicated to the families that OAW serves, and received our annual V.I.P. (Very Important...

My First Session | Sarah Ireland Photography

My First Session | Sarah Ireland Photography

Sarah IrelandSarah Ireland PhotographyKansas City Volunteer For the last few years I’ve been trying to channel my grief [after my husband’s passing] into helping others. It’s really a foundation for me learning to find joy in that place in my heart that has felt...

Hunter : My Giggly Boy

Hunter : My Giggly Boy

We decided that we needed one more child and started trying in 2016. We got pregnant at the beginning of 2017. We were so excited and so were our other children. We really wanted a boy and Russell said he wanted to name him Hunter. We knew from the beginning that was...

Kaysen James : My Little Butterfly

Kaysen James : My Little Butterfly

In May of 2021 we found out we were expecting our rainbow baby. The pregnancy was rough, but we were ecstatic. On January 6th 2021, our beautiful Kaysen was born via c-section after I had a lot of trouble with my blood pressure and they thought he may of had fluid...

Ella Grace : In God’s Hands

Ella Grace : In God’s Hands

Just 6 months after our second miscarriage, we found out that I was pregnant again. We were so relieved when I made it to the 12 week mark. Our then 5 year old, Owen, announced to the whole church that he was going to be big brother! He was so proud. I had bloodwork...

Enslee : Never Lose Hope

Enslee : Never Lose Hope

I got pregnant kind of unexpectedly. I was nervous -- it'd been 6 years since I had a baby -- but I was thrilled to share these moments with my best friend. He longed to be a dad so bad and my daughter always wanted a baby sister. I found out on April Fools Day of...

Safe Haven

Safe Haven

By Madison Shepard We recently announced that we are moving from Southwest Missouri to Southwest Florida for a church plant! We know that we have been called to move there and join the church, and neither of us are questioning that, but I am finding myself scared to...

Naomi : You are my Sunshine

Naomi : You are my Sunshine

by Amy DohrMommy to NaomiDouble Dominant Achondroplasia Dwarfism2019I found out I was pregnant in August of 2018. We had been trying for almost a year, so we were ecstatic. But, my husband and I both have achondroplasia dwarfism, which created a sense of worry for our...

My Rainbow

My Rainbow

By Madison Shepard The term “rainbow baby” — a baby born after child loss — is something I use frequently and find comforting. To me it means that there is hope even in hardship. Azure has definitely been a very welcome little joy in our lives after losing two of our...

Milo : Nana’s Story

Milo : Nana’s Story

Milo Adler graced this earth on July 3rd at 31 weeks. He was in NICU for 5 weeks and got to come home for 5 days. Milo then experienced some issues that caused his mom some concerns. At the doctor's office, before he could ever be seen, he coded. Milo was stabilized...

Eden : Miracle Girl

Eden : Miracle Girl

March is Trisomy Awareness Month Eden was born at 37 weeks and 6 days in May of 2012 via c-section. We didn't know anything was wrong with her. She sounded strong but was in fact suffering. Eden was screaming because she couldn't breath and was trying to catch her...

Joy & Grief

Joy & Grief

By Madison Shepard Feeling both joy and grief simultaneously is difficult to live out. I have talked to a couple of my close friends before about experiencing the two individually, but that was in the wake of an early loss and a stillbirth; I had yet to have a living...

Bentlee : From the Heart

Bentlee : From the Heart

To say our sweet, beautiful boy changed our lives is an understatement. When we decided to try for a child, we were so blessed to conceive quickly and without trouble. Though, throughout my pregnancy, I was sick. So sick. Though throughout my pregnancy I was sick. So...

Hope

Hope

“If it were not for hope, the heart would break.” - Scottish Proverb By Madison Shepard The month of January is difficult for me in more ways than one. For many people, New Year’s is a time to move on from things and have a fresh start. For me, it means birthdays for...

The Vision

The Vision

The story behind the founding of On Angels’ Wings By Michelle L. Cramer. Founder & President I’m an empath. There's a lot of hippie-dippy, flighty stuff associated with that word these days. Even googling the definition you'll find references to science fiction...

Dear Me…

Dear Me…

Dear Me, You do not know it yet, but you are going to face great loss. It will be loss too great to fully comprehend, and few will understand in any capacity, but I promise you will make it through. You are too naïve to realize it now but this loss, this trauma and...

My First Session | Tara Photography

My First Session | Tara Photography

Tara Mayes Tara Photography St. Louis, MO Volunteer Sweet baby Milo was my very first session [for On Angels’ Wings]. I had no idea what to expect. I was so nervous. So scared I would somehow ruin these photos that this family would never have another chance at...

Alex and Ryker

Alex and Ryker

Ryker was born at 25 weeks gestation and spent several months in the NICU. On Angels' Wings was there to capture his NICU graduation. His mom, Alex, a talented photographer, has since been a dedicated volunteer with the organization, giving precious photos to other...

When None of it Makes Sense….

When None of it Makes Sense….

By Michelle L. Cramer, Founder & President Over the last seven-plus years, On Angels’ Wings has done over 600 photo sessions, working with over 500 families. My heart is with each one of them, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t admit that some of them gain extra...

Ellie : Connection Through Heartbreaking Realities

Ellie : Connection Through Heartbreaking Realities

In 2014, my husband Patrick and I welcomed our first child into the world. A beautiful little girl with pouty lips named Ellie. About a month before she was born, Patrick and I first heard the words that would shape our lives and the life of our daughter from that...

Capture the Beautiful Moments :: Hunter

Capture the Beautiful Moments :: Hunter

Expanding one’s family is an exciting and amazing journey. For Russell and Victoria Parker, this was exactly what they had in mind.  The blessing of another child became a reality for the couple when they learned they would welcome a baby boy in early 2018. However,...

A Vivid Reminder

A Vivid Reminder

By Michelle L. Cramer, Founder & President Early this morning, I went on a session for On Angels' Wings to take pictures for a family whose baby was born still on Lincoln's birthday. As I drove home the sunrise was stunning and I stopped to get a picture and...

Facing Loss, Providing Hope :: Jocelyn Grace

Facing Loss, Providing Hope :: Jocelyn Grace

“I’m sorry, but she is gone. There is no heartbeat.” “Those words are stuck in my soul for the rest of my life. There are no words to describe what I was feeling in that moment. Complete shock and disbelief to start, but I felt like I was living someone else’s life....

Jaxon’s Story

Jaxon’s Story

By: Paulette Hughes OAW Volunteer with Flyover Photography Baby Jaxon's story is one that speaks to the remarkable strength that our On Angels' Wings families possess. His story also demonstrates the ongoing connection that OAW volunteers have with the families we...

Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Spinal Muscular Atrophy

By: Teneka Huffman Everyone remembers their first: their first job, their first heartache, the first time they realized what they were put on this earth to do. Meeting Logan Ruth encompassed all those firsts for On Angels' Wings. Logan was the child that made such and...

Pint-Sized Wonder Women

Pint-Sized Wonder Women

By: Janis Bennett When Lexi ran through the crisp autumn leaves in her Wonder Woman costume, complete with a blue tutu featuring sparkly silver stars, there was no doubt that this photo shoot was going to be a lot of fun. She's a beautiful little spit-fire with the...

Araya :: Trisomy 18

Araya :: Trisomy 18

By: Kim Patterson Like so many couples, Shelby and her husband struggled with fertility issues and endured the pain of miscarriage along the path to becoming parents. So when Shelby discovered that she was expecting, the news came as somewhat of a surprise. The...

Changing the Negative Trisomy Mindset

Changing the Negative Trisomy Mindset

Part 1: Ashlyn By: Michelle L. Cramer, OAW Founder & President Incompatible with life. That is the phrase most Trisomy parents hear just moments after receiving their child's diagnosis. Nearly every Trisomy family we have encountered to this point has been told to...

Hope Ann-Maire :: Trisomy 18

Hope Ann-Maire :: Trisomy 18

Hope Anne-Marie was diagnosed in utero with Trisomy 18. Born on January 3, 2014, she graced this earth with her presence for just under two months. One of our St. Louis photographers, Dorinda Peyton, had the privilege of meeting the Hayes family at Cardinal...

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