Hi! I’m Janelle.
I’m wife to my bearded man, Ryan, and mother to my curly haired boy Emmett. I am a daughter, a sister, and a friend. I love to read, take naps, and play board games and collect succulents. I’m a wedding & elopement photographer and I love to work with couples! I am a Breast Cancer Survivor.
I was diagnosed just weeks before Christmas at the age of 29 with triple-negative Invasive Mammary Ductal Carcinoma. This cancer is aggressive, and not hormone fed. I will undergo months of Chemotherapy, and then surgery. I may have breast cancer, but breast cancer ain’t got me!
Before I had received my diagnosis, my husband and I were shopping in Hobby Lobby and I saw variants of this scripture sign: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to give you hope and a future” – Jeremiah 29:11. I instantly felt it speak to me – we had just finished and moved into our project house and I was stressed about everything on our plate, but somehow, we had always had enough for our needs, and I knew the Lord would continue to provide.
Then, just days later, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. It was a huge blow and completely devastating. In all of my studying and searching, I found this video, in which Penny shares her story and quotes this scripture! Again I felt so drawn to the power of these words! You can view her story by clicking here and scrolling down to the bottom.
It’s become apparent that the next year or more of my life is going to be incredibly difficult, and nothing like I had planned. This year was supposed to be one where we got pregnant and hopefully added another child to our family. It was supposed to be one filled with weddings and traveling and meeting amazing couples. But you know what it still is? It will still be a year filled with hope, joy, love, laughter, and family.
This scripture showed up once more at a December wedding I had booked that my assistants took over for me- it was literally the centerpiece for their intimate ceremony. Third times a charm, right? I decided that this needed to be my theme, my mantra, my belief to get me through the hard & ugly times.
I have hope and a future. And so do you.