@theKeeper, I would love to see what you were able to accomplish! @Eggy, please, I meant no disrespect to what you were able to do!!!!! As I stated before, I do truly appreciate what you were able to do with what you had to work with!!!! You are both very sweet to even attempting this for me and don't know how much this means to me!!!!!!! *crying* Thank you both VERY much!!!!!!!!!
I managed to 'flatten' (contrast wise) the two images the best I could.
In my eyes it looks better and softer than the original one I did.
The only filter I used was Topaz DeNoise on the son's face (beside the S/H 'filter').
On the second picture I applied a blur/highpass filter to sharpen the image.
But please, if you have a version of your own, I'd like to see it.