boys, boys, boys

There’s nothing showy or loud about my friends Bruce and Zalia, they are simply GOOD to the very core. As exclusive members of the oh-so-elite Parents of Five Boys club they are changing the world from the inside out. Are you worried about ‘kids today’? Look into these kind, witty, intelligent, thoughtful little faces and feel confident about the future.

Bruce and Zaila’s 2nd son, Britton, has been living in heaven for almost 9 years now. But every time we get together we wonder how his presence would change the family dynamic and we ponder the weight and space that his absence fills. Of all her children, Britton bore the strongest resemblance to Zaila with his brush of dark hair and chocolate eyes. Would his hair have turned up in curls or grown straight with stubborn cowlicks? Would he fight with his brothers? Would he love Star Wars and Legos (surely!)?

I would never wish the death of a child upon anyone. I never want to see that again. But I can’t help but admire the way Bruce and Zaila have taken the blackness and created a family filled with compassion.




baby Benjamin


January 10, 2009



  1. twoelves

    January 8, 2009

    gorgeous family and stunning pics

  2. Erik

    January 8, 2009

    I love Bruce, Zalia, and all their boys and I am glad their pictures finally made the blog.

  3. Danielle

    January 8, 2009

    What a beautiful family. I clicked back and read the story and now am sobbing at work, that is something no mother should have to endure. Great photos, thank you for sharing!

  4. Claudia

    January 8, 2009

    So this is the famous Zalia and family. What a treat to finally see them and look into their eyes. Simply beautiful. You captured their “light”. I’d love to meet them in real life someday. I have some little boys that would love to play.

  5. Blue

    January 9, 2009

    you have this uncanny knack for attracting the most amazing people into your life michelle. and then you document them so beautifully in word and photo. it’s a joy to read your blog. ♥

  6. Ken

    January 9, 2009

    Their boys are fortunate to have such loving and dedicated parents. I have been blessed by Bruce and Zalia’s example of faith and Christlike love. What beautiful eyes too!

  7. m_and_m

    January 9, 2009

    What beautiful pics.

    What a stunningly sad and moving story.

    What a blessing to know that death really isn’t the end.

    And what a blessing to know people who are so GOOD.

  8. Alyson (New England Living)

    January 9, 2009

    What a beautiful family! And you did an amazing job capturing them in photos.

  9. Denise

    January 9, 2009

    They’re lovely. I love those blue eyes and Zalia has a fantastic smile. She’s like an even prettier Pam Dawber.

  10. Annie

    January 9, 2009

    How do you know so many beautiful people ? 🙂 {I’ve decided you have a magic camera that sees the best in people}

  11. Andrea

    January 10, 2009


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