Masthead header

A Year of Stories 6/52

5x5 frame7

Those dreaded words in the middle of the night, “Mommy, I can’t breathe!”  I heard them so often when he was younger, but they are luckily much less frequent as he grows out of his asthma.

Sadly, the barking cough and those dreaded words reappeared this week.

We headed to the doctor and she confirmed what we already knew – he’s not contagious, but he’s sick.


In between meds and breathing treatments, he loaded up on art projects and reading.


I bought a 90% off pre-made cardboard diorama about 10 years ago, prepping in case I had a kid who MIGHT have a project one day.  He found it shoved between some canvases and decided to use it to make a Harry Potter themed display for his room.





When he wasn’t painting, he was reading Harry Potter or creating more Harry Potter-themed ideas.  I think he has a mild obsession, but he only has 2 books left in the series, so I am not discouraging it.



He was sounding marginally better last night.  Luckily, there is no school today, so he has one more solid day to recover.   We have three more days of frequent breathing treatments and hopefully the bark will disappear.


This headlamp was part of his Valentine’s Day loot.  He was reading Harry Potter every night by hand-held flashlight, but now he has a better option.  Here’s hoping to a good night’s sleep and healthier breathing tomorrow!


As we try to heal over here, I am going to kick back and read the stories from this week’s A Year of Stories photographers, starting with the insanely talented Meredith Rockefeller.





February 15, 2016 - 6:46 pm

Julie Moses - I think I need a headlamp. I love all your images and way to go H on all your projects!

February 15, 2016 - 7:21 pm

Tess Runion - Poor little guy! Hope he’s feeling better! Love all the details you captured. He looks like he’s growing up!!!

February 16, 2016 - 2:14 am

Meredith Howell Rockefeller - Don’t you appreciate that he’s old enough to recognize when he needs the treatments, though? I hope he’s feeling better! I love the headlamp shot, and YAY for Harry Potter!!

February 16, 2016 - 10:55 am

Cynthia Dawson - I love the progression in these images. So sorry H is sick. I hope he gets to feeling better soon!

February 16, 2016 - 3:20 pm

Julie Mak - Awww, I hope he gets well soon! As usual you’ve captured such great details! I love the little kitten stuffed animal reading over his shoulder with him. And we just got over the HP obsession over at our house. I hope my younger son gets into it when he is ready, unfortunately I think his older brother ruined it for him…

February 19, 2016 - 2:23 am

AnnMarie Denis - H seems like such an incredible kid! I love his projects and I love that he is such an advid reader! I hope my boys love to read too!

February 19, 2016 - 8:52 am

Carey Pace - Being sick, and particularly not being able to breathe, is just an awful, awful part of childhood. Glad to hear he’d on the mend!

July 11, 2016 - 12:58 pm

Toledo Ohio Lifestyle Photographer – Puzzle Building – A Year of Stories » Toledo Ohio Photographer / Family / Newborn / Children / Maternity - […] a little bit of their life through photo stories.  Be sure to check out the amazingly talented Mel Karlberg. She always captures such great […]

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *