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A time for everything…

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens…
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance…

Ecclesiastes 3:1 and 4

For Ketsia is now the time to get another open heart operation. After almost 2 years without any stay at the hospital, Ketsia began to have pain in her breast during stress situations. As the pain did not go away a cardiac catheterization has been scheduled. It took place this week. We knew something was wrong with Ketsia’s heart but thought we would only stay for 3 days in the hospital and hear from the doctors a few weeks later. After a CT-scan and several ECGs it was made us clear that we would stay for longer. The coronary arteries of Ketsia deliver occasionally, and especially in stress situations, not enough oxygen to the heart muscles, which causes the pain.
There are no painkillers for children in such situations, that why a custom one is in development. Till now only rest can help a little. An operation should occur quickly. It is planned for next Wednesday…
But in this time of despair we want to be thankful.
- It hurts a lot as parents to see your little child suffering for hours but we are thankful that till know nothing dramatic happened, although the risks where high.
- We are also thankful for the timing. The heart cath was originally planned on August 18th but was then rescheduled. I (Sam) could attend all the weddings that I had to photograph and we had beautiful holidays in Germany.
- We are thankful for all the people who are helping us, especially with Noémie.
- I (Sam) am thankful for my job, which allow me to be with Lisa and Ketsia at the hospital, thankful for my colleagues, who are taking over my work.

And above all we are thankful for the time God already gave with Ketsia. Hard times are coming but hard times make us strong.

This is Ketsia’s Tikkiering. The tikkies tell the story of Ketsia’s heart

In the little rucksack is the telemeter which monitors Ketsia’s heart. We are thankful that she can play on her own even if she’s not allowed to leave the floor

Here are some prayer points:
- Wisdom for the whole medical team.
- Success of the coming intervention.
- A calm and quiet Ketsia. She is high sensitive and really afraid of being pricked. Hopefully this stay will not let any traumas.
- For wisdom and strengh for us as family: as parents and for Noémie who is with lovely friends.

Thank you for your prayers.

Sam and Lisa with Ketsia and Noémie

Kors en Henrieke – Flora, Zijlstroom

And here comes the second wedding of the crazy week: the wedding of Kors and Henrieke, who you already know from their engagement session in Lijm&Cultuur.

In the morning the weather changed our plan for the portraits but we had a great time in the KERSENKWEKERIJ JOMAJOLE. The civil marriage took place in the nice location FLORA where, as a surprise for everyone, the marriage officiant was Henrieke’s brother.
After the church ceremony we headed to Zijlstroom where the rest of the day was filled with laughters, good music and good meals.

Kors and Henrieke, thanks for having us at your side on your big day. We wish you all the best and God’s blessings.
See you soon and enjoy the pictures,

Sam and Lisa

Stephane et Rebecca – Ferme de Montblin

And here come the first wedding of my crazy week (3 weddings in 3 different countries in only 8 days), which led me to the south of Paris.

Stephane is a kind of a cousin for me as we grew up together. He is also the big brother of Laura that you already know from her wedding two years ago. I also know Rebecca for a long time as she is attending the same church of my uncle’s family, which I used also to attend during my study in Versailles.

I really love these two lovebirds and I am so glad they found each other. As a lot of people, I was waiting for their big day and it happened this summer and on top of it, I had the chance to be their wedding photographer.
As their ceremony was in the middle of the afternoon, I suggested to have a first look in order to let them really grasp this special moment and to maximize later their time with their guests.

When I am thinking of this first look, I feel really blessed because the night before the wedding I did not know where we should take the pictures. But after a quick google-maps search – long live google – I found the perfect place, namely the Parc de Villeroy with it’s beautiful tree alley.

The rest of the day was also amazing with a nice ceremony and an evening filled with good music and a great ambience.

Stephan and Rebecca, I wish you all the best and God blessings for this new adventure.
And dear reader, enjoy the the pictures and if you like them, do not hesitate to comment, to share or to like Sécham.
Have a nice week,


- Location: Ferme de Montblin
- Decoration: Vero, my lovely cousin from Happily Factory
- Choir/music: Anaya Association
- Cake: my mom (love you).