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The Koski Family

I met Paul in high school. Like Facebook does, I was able to catch up with him a bit since graduation almost 20 years ago. I was able to follow along with the good times when he and his wife, Tracy, were expecting their little boy. And the not so good times when Paul was diagnosed with a brain tumor in July, 2012. Highs and lows came in the form of Caring Bridge updates throughout Paul’s treatments — obviously a roller coaster of emotions for Paul and his beautiful family. This month brought an update that was hard to wrap my head around. Paul has been moved to hospice. I was able to have the opportunity to capture Paul, Tracy and Emmett at their home. All together. They read books and looked at pictures of Emmett when he was a baby. Snacked on Cool Ranch Doritos as they hung out in the porch that Paul and Tracy built. Rock songs were belted out. Hugs were had. Tears fell. Smiles appeared.

I got the news today that Paul passed away last night. I am forever grateful for and will always remember the time I was able to spend with the Koski’s on that snowy Monday.

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Darcie GustFebruary 12, 2014 - 12:47 am

These photos are gorgeous. Priceless. What a gift you have given Tracy & that darling boy. Thinking of those of you that have lost someone much too soon. xo

Tricia LorntsonFebruary 12, 2014 - 12:54 am

Oh Michelle, they turned out so beautiful. What a gift for his family. I’m so sorry.

Toni JohnsonFebruary 12, 2014 - 12:58 am

So beautiful… So sad. <3

Chelsea KocinaFebruary 12, 2014 - 4:22 am

I wept. Thank you for sharing this, and sharing your talent with his family. I will keep them in my thoughts. RIP.

Annette Ware LorntsonFebruary 12, 2014 - 4:23 am

Incredible gift. You should be proud.

Glen MoeFebruary 12, 2014 - 5:13 am

Those captures are fantastic and I am sure they are cherished. Sorry for the loss.

Ginger MurrayFebruary 12, 2014 - 5:16 am

Fantastic photographs of these very real, beautiful moments together. I’m so sorry for everyone’s loss… I hope that these photographs will bring comfort.

Julie DaleFebruary 13, 2014 - 12:19 am

How absolutely wonderful.

Jane RichertFebruary 13, 2014 - 1:44 am

These pix are priceless.

Wayne LaRocheFebruary 13, 2014 - 3:10 am

Wow! Where do I start and how can I keyboard with gigantic tears in my eyes !

Ali GrayFebruary 14, 2014 - 2:47 pm

Wow. Beautiful, Michelle. My heart goes out to his precious family.

Dorothy Van BriesenFebruary 14, 2014 - 10:50 pm

What a priceless Treasure!! You are in our thoughts and prayers

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