On December 17, 2016, a Toldedo, Ohio family experienced two miracles: the birth of their twins, William and Reagan, was the first, as every birth is a bona fide miracle. The second, they were not expecting: William, whom they were told would be stillborn due to several heart abnormalities, was born ALIVE.
It was more than the family could have asked for. They were given ten more miracles in turn: William survived for eleven whole days, when they were afraid they would be given none with him.
“They were the happiest 11 days of my life,” the twins’ dad Matthew Brentlinger said to Houston television station KTRK.
They even got to take William home.
Wanting to make William’s time on earth last, his mom Lyndsay sought out a photographer who could come to their home and photograph the twins as soon as possible. Happily, a family friend found Lindsey Brown.
“Being only a few days before Christmas and not being previously booked well in advance, she was hoping due to the circumstances, I’d make an exception,” Photographer Lindsey Brown told CNN.
Of course, she did, and the result is these gorgeous photos of the family of four together that they will cherish for the rest of their lives.
Brown told Your Daily Dish that photographing the twins was a very emotional experience, knowing that William would not live long.
“Photographing these beautiful babies, while the little boy stared at me, looked around the room peacefully, while his sister slept, was heart wrenching. It was like little Will was trying to take it all in,” she said.
Look at that sweet face! I can only imagine how very precious these photographs are to William and Reagan’s parents. What a bittersweet longing they must feel every time they look at them, so grateful for the time they had with this darling life, so proud to be his parents, and so devastated to not have him with them here on earth.
These little sweeties were born on my son’s birthday, and that makes this story hit home to me more than ever. I share it not because it’s tragic, but because I, as I’m SURE his parents do, want William’s short, precious life to be remembered for the beauty and value it had. I know his story will impact others for good, and I pray that it finds its way to the people who need to hear it.
Prayers for this family as they heal from their loss and raise their daughter in love and in honor of their son.