Fotolanthropy Film & Story: Unexpected Joy

03.08.2012

Inspiring True Stories Stories of Adoption Stories of Special Needs

“It was such a joy the first time we got to meet Titus and the Daily family. It is hard to know where to begin when thinking about this amazing family and their story. For starters, the Daily family is one of a kind with 5 boys who get along incredibly well! I think we all could say that we were blown away the day of the Fotolanthropy session by how much love exuded from this family and how big their hearts are for each other and their community. They invited us into their home and filled our coffee cups and fed us yummy toaster strudel. We instantly felt part of the family and I have a feeling anyone who walks through their front door would feel the same. Paul and Becky married years ago and confessed to us that they never dreamed they would have five boys, two who are adopted from South Korea and one child with special needs. However, they now feel that they could not be more blessed with what the Lord has given them and how their youngest, Titus, has brought together their family in undeniable ways and taught them how to love better, serve others, and seek the unexpected joy in every circumstance.

Titus has been a fighter since day one. He truly is a little hero as he has undergone more surgeries than we can count, is mostly deaf and blind, has numerous other disabilities, and yet still has a smile on his face and laughs with his brothers each day. When Titus was born, the Daily’s began to realize that there might be some complications with their newborn baby boy. As the days progressed and Titus began to go through tests and scans, the doctor’s reports began to grow. Titus was born with micronagthia (recessed chin) that blocked his breathing, cleft palate, profound deafness, blindness, Dandy-Walker variant, ASD/VSD, hemi-vertebrae in the spine, horseshoe shaped kidney, and the list continues. He had 8 surgeries in 14 months and spent 115 days in the NICU or PICU. In the months to follow were more surgeries such as receiving a feeding tube and, when Titus turned one, a cochlear implant which allows him to hear. It is hard to imagine the kind of emotions Paul and Becky must have felt during this time. Everyday they knew could be their last day with Titus and each couple of weeks or months they had to see their baby Titus undergo intensive and invasive surgeries. These were extremely tough times and yet through it all, the Daily family stuck together and grew closer. I love what Paul says when he describes their perspective during this time. He says, “when the going gets tough, you dig in, you prepare, you fight, but you stay together and get it done.”

It has now been four years since Titus was born and he brings so much joy to the Daily’s family. His smile will light up a room and melt your heart. No one can really say how long or short Titus’s life will be, but we know that it was truly a blessing to have met them and to know Titus. I am moved by the love that I see in this family and their solid, grounded faith in the Lord and His purposes. They know there are difficult times even still to come, yet they choose to see each day as another blessing with their little fighter Titus. Titus is a hero to us as well as may others. What he has to go through everyday makes my trials seem finite and minimal. What a great perspective check this Fotolanthropy session was for us and our team will forever be encouraged by the lessons learned from the Daily family. Becky puts it best, “ We choose to live, and life is good.”” – Written by Fotocrew Chief Katie Norris

Fotocrew:

Cinematography by: Jonathon Link

Photography by: Katie Norris

Fotostrap has named their new camera strap in honor of Titus! Check it out here: http://bit.ly/19dpixI On-Camera-Titus-monogram

Please click play on video below to view the film.

 

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13 Responses

  1. Theresa - says:

    Beautiful. Simply beautiful! It does a heart good.

  2. Mary Alice - says:

    Thank you! I agree with you, they are a very special family and I am so blessed to know them. This makes me really miss their family. All of them, but especially Titus are a great blessing.

  3. Stacey Allaire - says:

    Thank you for sharing these stories! It is so inspiring to see such touching, uplifting people making a difference. Lots of love. xo

  4. Hank Osborne - says:

    Love it! I cried. I laughed. I saw way too much equipment that I recognized.

    Thank you for sharing the Daily family story!

  5. Frances - says:

    Beautiful!

  6. Julie Leblanc - says:

    Again, I am blessed by the Daily family. Thanks for sharing, and for your real example of the love of Christ to so many. We love you!

  7. Patti Simmons - says:

    Titus is such a special boy with a wonderful family! It is nice to hear their full story and see how God is working in their lives!

  8. Cheryl - says:

    Thank you so much for sharing the video of that special family. What a blessing their lives are to those who have followed their blog, or know them via other means. I thank you for this deeply personal look at this couple, Titus and each of their beautiful children. God is amazing and this family glorifies God in so many ways. Makes me want to strive to live fully every day.

    With Hope,
    Cheryl

  9. Sonomi Johnson - says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful story.. Really touch my heart…Such a wonderful family… Thank you.

  10. Eric R. - says:

    Hey, I know that kid …. and his family! I am BLESSED!

  11. Kelley Janovich - says:

    This is really interesting, You’re a very skilled blogger. I’ve joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your wonderful post. Also, I have shared your website in my social networks!

  12. Lynnette Ridge Ross - says:

    Paul, you and Becky are amazing. I know this did not happen in a vaccuum. Your folks Lou and Nolan are some of the most servant minded people I have ever known and raised you and Patty in this spirit. Thank you for sharing this awesome testamony of faith with all.

  13. » Melissa Ivy - says:

    [...] is an especially touching story which hits close to home given my [...]

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The Daily’s would love to be able to give Titus a therapy/service dog from Pawsitive Partners. If you would like to donate to help the Daily’s be able to give Titus a therapy/service, you can call Pawsitive Paws and ask to speak with Cami Bajer. She will handle your donation to the Daily family for their service dog.

Website: http://www.pawsitivepartnersservicedogs.org/index.html
Phone: (214)755-8486