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Jump for Joy

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Jump for Joy
Jump for Joy
Cole was a boy who loved life and lived it to the fullest. He was constantly in motion and most of the time I didn't know whether to be terrified or to revel in his athletic ability. I'm positive that Cole is teaching the angels some new moves in heaven.

Cole Richard Baldwin
March 31, 1994 - March 13, 2007

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Kay E. Mahoney
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    Nice capture of Cole. Love how you got him in the air. He is probably having a geat time with the angels. Maybe my son Justin is having fun being with him. My prayers are with you.


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3/20/2007 7:17:02 AM

 
Christy Nichols
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Marta, this is beautiful. So beautiful. P&PT to you. ((hugs))


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3/20/2007 7:33:08 AM

 
Marta J. Baldwin
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Thank you so much Kay and Christy and everyone who has extended their love and support to me.

Kay...It makes me smile to think that our boys could be getiing to know one another and playing in the sun.


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3/20/2007 8:29:06 AM

 

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What a beautiful creation. So sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you, as well.


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3/20/2007 4:39:43 PM

 
Allen O. Howard
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Nicely done and presented Marta!


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3/20/2007 5:39:40 PM

 
Marta J. Baldwin
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Thank you very much Deborah and Allen.


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3/21/2007 5:48:38 AM

 
Nadine A. Lewis
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I'm really enjoying these photos of Cole. This one is GREAT! LOVE the bright colors & EXCELLENT PS work. Marta, you and your family are still in my prayers. I have asked my family, friends, & co-workers to pray as well. Hugs to you and yours, Nadine <><


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3/21/2007 7:02:14 AM

 
Marta J. Baldwin
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Thank you very much Nadine...I appreciate all the prayers I can get. We are a strong family and lucky to have a lot of support from all of our friends and family.


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3/21/2007 10:30:45 AM

 
Carol Teal
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A great capture of Cole, Marta. And I smile thinking of all his antics on Earth and in heaven that are so typical of little boys.


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3/29/2007 11:17:43 PM

 
Marta J. Baldwin
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Thank you so much Carol...Cole was only still when he was sleeping!


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3/30/2007 3:26:23 AM

 
Hurk (Steve) Hurkett
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Wonderful summertime capture, Marta .. love that composition ... steve


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3/30/2007 5:00:17 AM

 
Marta J. Baldwin
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Thank you Steve! I really appreciate your praise and support.


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3/30/2007 5:17:58 AM

 
Graeme Chow
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Wonderful actions and great PS WORK, Marta.


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4/4/2007 8:01:58 PM

 
Marta J. Baldwin
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My thanks to you Graeme! I really appreciate your comment.


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4/5/2007 8:52:54 AM

 
Kenneth Mucke
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Whenever I think of your loss..it breaks my heart Marta...He reminds me sooo much of my son Christopher who is 5...I can not imagine life without him...This shot is really magincal...And I hope and pray he is just having a blast in heaven


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4/5/2007 7:48:54 PM

 
Marta J. Baldwin
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Thank you Kenneth. I know it's hard to imagine. No parent wants to think about it. All I can say is let your kid be a kid. Do little things together. They add up to special memories that will last a lifetime. Live life with no regrets and realize that this life is merely a stepping stone to the next level.
Most sincerely...Marta


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4/5/2007 11:43:28 PM

 
Mike Perez
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Congratulations on your Finalist selection, Marta!


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4/24/2007 3:12:39 PM

 
Jayne Martin  

Marta, congratulations on your final!! Well deserved!


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4/24/2007 4:41:21 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Oh my goodness, Marta--I cannot tell you how pleased I am for you. I have loved this photo of Cole in all its versions since the moment I saw it. So glad one was officially recognized. Cole would have loved this. Congratulations.


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4/24/2007 4:57:49 PM

 
Tamera Phillips
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Yeah!! What a great finalist and tribute to your son Marta. Good luck in the next round.


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4/24/2007 5:41:21 PM

 
Kenneth Mucke
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I am SO glad this made it as a finalist Marta...He would be so proud of his mom


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4/24/2007 6:45:31 PM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your finalist, Marta. I'm so glad it made it to the finals. Hope to see it in the winners. I'm so happy for you. I know it means a lot to you. Wonderful memory for you.


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4/24/2007 8:34:24 PM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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Congratulations on this wonderful tribute to your son. So glad it made the finals. A definite winner!


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4/25/2007 4:03:42 AM

 
Hurk (Steve) Hurkett
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Well Done, Marta ... Congratulations on your finalist ... Hurk


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4/25/2007 4:38:14 AM

 
Carla Metzler
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Congratulations on this very special finalist, Marta!


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4/25/2007 4:44:35 AM

 
Carol Teal
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Congrats Marta on this wonderful finalist! I know Cole is looking down and smiling!


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4/25/2007 6:03:29 AM

 
Marta J. Baldwin
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My deepest thanks to you all!!! You words of comfort and support have meant a lot to me. I'm especially proud of this image...I think my son is jumping for joy as we speak!


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4/25/2007 8:20:29 AM

 
Chua Wee Boo
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Congrats to you on this well deserved finalist,Marta!


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4/25/2007 8:37:08 AM

 
Marta J. Baldwin
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Thank you Chua!


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4/25/2007 6:42:37 PM

 
Jen M
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First of all, I am so sorry for your loss! This image is very creative & beautiful! Wonderful dedication to your son too!


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4/28/2007 7:58:55 AM

 
Marta J. Baldwin
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Thank you so much JD. It's hard having him gone but I'm glad to have lots of pics like this to remember him by.


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4/28/2007 5:15:23 PM

 
Pamela Shane
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A beautiful remembrance of Cole, & congratulations Marta on this finalist - even though I'm just a tad
late!! :)


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5/9/2007 7:20:06 AM

 
Marta J. Baldwin
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Thank you Pam! I'm so happy about this finalist...It really means a lot to me. No worries on your timing!


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5/9/2007 8:44:23 AM

 
Holly Hitchcock
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Beautiful image...so full of life. What a wonderful tribute and treasured memory. God Bless!


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6/18/2007 7:54:45 PM

 
Marta J. Baldwin
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Thank you so much for the wonderful comment Holly!


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6/19/2007 8:18:06 AM

 
Sue L. Cullumber
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Marta - this has such a great aura around it! Looks like your son was having the time of his life - so sorry to hear about your loss.


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7/21/2007 10:12:43 AM

 
Marta J. Baldwin
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Thank you very much Sue! Cole absolutely loved the water and we all had a great time on this trip to my mom's house in Wenatchee WA.


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7/21/2007 10:27:56 AM

 
Stacey A. Quattlebaum
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His pictures make me smile, I can see how full of life he is by the expressions on his face. Thank God you have these photo's to hold onto and keep the memories alive. I lost my son a year and a half ago and don't know where I would be without the pictures of him to show to his little sister. You are in my prayers. Stay strong. ((biiiig hug))


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7/27/2007 12:53:36 PM

 
Marta J. Baldwin
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Thank you so much Stacey. Your gallery is awesome! You photograph children extremely well. I am so sorry for your loss. I can only imagine what it would be like to watch a child die from an illness. We are both very lucky to have images of our boys to help keep their memories alive. A big hug right back at ya!


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7/27/2007 2:06:15 PM

 
Carolyn J. Connolly
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WOW, Marta - this is SUCH a fabulous image of Cole!! I really thought that I had already commented on it... Isn't it WONDERFUL that we have keepsakes like this of our young ones?

I can only IMAGINE how devastating Cole's sudden loss must have been for all your family...but having the support of SO many relatives AND friends (including those here on BP!) - A-N-D having all your BEAUTIFUL memories of him, too - must help somewhat, I guess... Marta, I am - and will be - thinking of you, and praying for you and your family...

I also send you MANY *congratulations* on your Finalist recognition for this image back in April - it was MOST deserved, and I'm sure the accolade made you VERY proud to be Cole's mother!! Keep up the GREAT work with your photography!! :o)


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10/1/2007 11:01:31 AM

 
Marta J. Baldwin
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Thank you so very much Carolyn. I am incredibly proud to be Cole's mother and to have this image recognized amoung the finalists. Having many good memories and wonderful friends makes this time in my life a lot easier to take...Believe me! I really appreciate all the thoughts and prayers I can get. Thank you again for being a good friend!


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10/1/2007 2:59:45 PM

 
Angela Azzinnaro
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I didn't realize that this one was a Finalist!!!! Belated CONGRATS Marta!!!! I LOVE this capture of Cole!!!!!


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11/29/2007 10:50:26 AM

 
Marta J. Baldwin
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Thank you very much Angela. This is definately one of my personal favorites as well. I took so many shots on this day...I remember it well. It was about 80 F and we were in Wenatchee, WA at my Mom's house. I had just figured out how to get 'stop action' shots and Cole made a great subject by doing all these crazy flips and jumps off of the diving board into her pool. I thank God for that day.


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11/30/2007 11:34:39 AM

 
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