“I brought my climbing gear,” he said. I immediately thought of rock climbing gear and, as a former rock-climbing guide, started brainstorming all the set ups I could create.
“No, I’m a lineman.” he explained. Oh, ok… I had no idea what that was. The look on my face must have betrayed me because he quickly explained that he works on power lines. As I rummaged through his gear setting up the shot, asking what each thing was, I gained a much clearer understanding.
Holden’s dad, Justin, literally scales telephone/power poles with a harness around his waist, a helmet on his head and giant sharp spikes attached to his boots. (I thought there were cherry-picker-basket-truck things to give these guys a convenient lift up to where they need to work.) The sheer mass of the insulated gloves this man wears to do his work put the whole risk factor into perspective. When I asked Amy if she worries about him her response was, “every day” followed by stories of him coming home with all his arm hair singed off. I was in awe and more excited and determined than ever to make their lineman shots not only work… but rock!
Aaaaand Holden’s mom, Amy, is a nurse. So basically his parents are a bunch of heroes/lifesavers if you ask me. Also, I really don’t think they could be any sweeter. As the session when on, we got to chatting more and I found out they are avid outdoors people and hunters and adventurers. As if the deal wasn’t already sealed… I just REALLY like them!
Would you believe that Holden, at the ripe old age of 6 days, had a big story to share too? You see, Holden’s cord was wrapped around his neck when he was born. His shoulders were stuck, only for a few minutes during birth, but by the time they got him out he wasn’t breathing and his heart wasn’t beating. In fact, his heart didn’t beat for THREE minutes. They immediately whisked him away, performing CPR. Can you EVEN imagine!? I can’t and I won’t. Praise God this little fighter made it. They brought him back to life! Back. To. Life. Guys, he is beautiful and handsome and precious and all things good and lovely… and he has no deficits from this crazy start to life! I get goosebumps just recounting the story to you all! I am certain that this little boy is destined for great things. And I can’t think of two better people for this miracle baby to be entrusted to. Health, happiness and blessings to you Justin, Amy and Holden!
Hugs & Snuggles,