Images Of Time Photography
Gina Springhower helps her son LaKota celebrate his first birthday in December 2016.

The challenges of being a first-time parent are great.

For Gina Springhower, the challenges are even greater.

Confined to a wheel chair with paralysis (the result of an automobile accident more than nine years ago), Gina is tackling and enjoying the most gratifying challenge of her life – motherhood.

Gina and her husband, John Springhower, are the parents of a happy and energetic 16-month-old son, LaKota, born Dec. 22, 2015, just in time for Christmas.