Sarah || Tacoma Family Photographer

I write this post today with a heavy heart…a wonderful woman that I recently was blessed to meet is in a fight for her life.  And not just a little battle…but a war.  You see, Sarah was diagnosed with an incurable form of lung cancer last March.  Almost immediately friends, family, co-workers, team members, doctors…they all sprung into action.  Sarah is a teacher and a coach and she invests in so many people. And all those people, those families that she has invested in for years ~ they started to PRAY.

Prayers covered this family.  Prayers covered the doctors working with Sarah.  Prayer to be relieved of pain.  And I know that God hears those prayers, he is close to this family, even in their pain HE is there.  Crying with them, and holding them so close.

Right now Sarah is in the hospital addressing several medical complications and could use even more prayer.  Really though, after meeting Sarah, I want to go door to door asking for people to intercede. I want to take her in my arms and hold her close ~ just as her family does.  SO, right now, if you are reading this, just take a moment.  One moment to whisper a prayer for Sarah and her sweet family.  Ask for comfort, peace, healing…whatever the Lord leads you.  Please.  Our prayers are heard by the Lord.

So this day, nearly two weeks ago, I entered into this story.  Knowing a little of the situation and why we were taking photos.  This family is so brave, facing so many unknowns these last eight months. On this Sunday there were so many smiles, there was also tears as they embraced.  I wanted to give them family portraits they will hold onto no matter what the outcome.  Sarah, you have touched so many lives by how selfless you have been through this. Since day one you have not stopped living or given up on seeing years ahead of you.  Loving your husband, children…those around you.  And I know you never will.  You are living life to the fullest, giving God the glory on your strong days and reaching to him on your weak days.

“You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live. So live. LIVE! Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. That’s also very very important! I can’t do this “don’t give up” thing all by myself!
-Stuart Scott

If you would like to help support Sarah and her family financially please go to Angel Wings Foundation  ~ please include CYPHER FAMILY in the note.


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  • November 6, 2014 - 11:05 am

    Martha - Praying for Sarah! She is a strong, wife, mother, sister, daughter and believer!ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2014 - 5:39 pm

    Chelle Nicole Majeski - These are BEAUTIFUL, Devon! You are a timekeeper for this family…and you shared their hearts! I am praying for them!ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2014 - 6:19 pm

    T rounds - What a treasure….you captured their love of family so well!ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2014 - 6:23 pm

    Vicky - What a joy to see these beautiful pictures of a family we have know for many years. They are pictures they will enjoy for years to come. You did a wonderful job capturing their true hearts.ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2014 - 6:48 pm

    Jaime Greene - Ah… tears in my eyes. I went to high school with this family and played sports with them, too. These pictures are beautiful and I will be praying for their family.ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2014 - 6:52 pm

    Amy Wacker - Sarah, you have always been an inspiration, loving, kind, and generous! I am praying for miricals for you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2014 - 7:34 pm

    Adisen Johnston - Mrs. Cypher helped me graduate high school, and I am just fortunate enough to get to know her!(: I love these photos, and will pray for her and her family(:ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2014 - 7:41 pm

    Mike Johnson - Sarah,

    I will pray for you tonight, tomorrow and as long as it takes! The Lord is on your side and will guide you thru this ordeal. God bless you and stay strong!

    Mike & Betty JohnsonReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2014 - 9:31 pm

    Karen Donahue Timothy - gorgeous- tears and prayers flow mingling… to the throne of God for this family.ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2014 - 9:46 pm

    Maren (Larsen) Hermanstorfer - Praying for you and your sweet family. ♡♡♡ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2014 - 9:50 pm

    Rebecca Fulton Waller - These are beautiful photos of a beautiful family.ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2014 - 9:54 pm

    Sue Pernu - Such a beautiful family! Scrapbooking memories are so treasured to me! Knowing your family and being your friend!
    These pictures captured your Love, Faith and Trust so much!ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2014 - 11:20 pm

    LaRee Byram Welch - Tears are flowing at how beautiful this is! Praying every day! You did a great job!ReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2014 - 1:58 am

    Cheryl Hyman - So Beutiful! You captured the emotions and love of this family! Prayers for Sarah and her family!ReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2014 - 4:31 am

    Amy Appleby Hiegel - A favorite teacher of both of my girls! Praying for this precious family.ReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2014 - 5:38 am

    Judy Earle - So beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2014 - 5:39 pm

    Katie Kronlund - In high school, Mrs. Cypher made me feel good about myself every time I saw her. That’s pretty impressive that anyone can do that for a teenager. In fact, I still quote some of the wonderful things she said to me to others. These photos do a wonderful job of capturing her deep love for those she knows.ReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2014 - 7:52 pm

    Faye Denham Barth - Oh Sarah, I love you. Praying for you. What amazing pictures and a gift of love to your family.ReplyCancel

  • November 8, 2014 - 9:58 am

    Mary Armstrong - Beautiful images … Praying daily.ReplyCancel

  • November 8, 2014 - 10:57 pm

    Katharine Dickinson - Devon absolutely stunning family photos that will lend themselves to a lifetime of memories! Your words couldn’t have been penned more eloquently either! This family is in my prayers daily with tears in my eyes as I am typing I send love and hugs to each and everyone of you! God Bless!ReplyCancel

  • November 10, 2014 - 5:42 am

    Sheri Kever - Incredible. The sweetest ever.ReplyCancel

  • November 17, 2014 - 9:36 pm

    Karen Rowland-Johnson - My heart aches as I look at these beautiful photographs of such a warm, loving, godly family carrying the burden of cancer. Sandy was my 2nd mother growing up and I babysat little Sarah and her sister Lisa when they were small girls. They were flower girls in my wedding. I adore this family and have been praying fervently for Sarah’s miracle. God hold them all ever close to His heart.
    With much love,
    Karen (Austin)ReplyCancel

  • November 20, 2014 - 12:21 am

    Megan Batie - You captured great memories for this family! Fantastic job! I too, went to school with this family and my heart is breaking for them. I am praying with all my heart for Gods plan – Peace, comfort, & healing for everyone.ReplyCancel

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