Friday, February 26, 2010


Tonight I was the luckiest lady in the world because I was one of the FEW mommies allowed into the Daddy Daughter Dance!! I get to capture all those wonderful moments since I am the photographer!! (sometimes this profession really pays off!) It is such a special time for dads and daughters, and such an honor to witness. I was again reminded this evening what a vapor girlhood is. It vanishes so very quickly, right before our very eyes. I feel so fortunate that my three girls are all spaced so far apart - I feel like I get to hang on to being a mommy of a little girl a little longer than some moms get to. I used to be so frustrated with the fact that they are so far apart in age, but once again God is showing me He always knows better than I do, and His plans are not always our plans. What a treasure that all these girls were made to feel like a princess by their fathers, grandfathers, or uncles tonight. And to again be reminded that they are indeed a real princess. A daughter of the King of Kings - and THAT is a reason to celebrate!!Photobucket
It's moments like these that make me catch my breath -- Moments that make me think "Who am I that God would choose me to be the Mommy to these precious lives? Little ol' me, in all my futile attempts at being the person I want to be?" Sometimes I feel so inept at the job of being Mommy. Even though I know that He is fully equipping me to do the job He has given me, I still stop and wonder why. Those days when all I can think of is what I need to do, what I need to teach them, the manners to be reminded of, the laundry to be folded, the dishes to be washed, the pictures to be edited, the arguements that need to be attended to, the house to be cleaned. I tell them to hurry up, hurry up, and forget to stop and bask in those ever-fleeting precious moments, the everyday moments that I tend to overlook. The feeling of little girl hands reaching out to me to be held, the "will you read me a story?", "will you play with me?", "will you sing me a song?". It's then that I sometimes remember......these days are flying away just like when they blow those dandelion puffs - they are just being scattered away. And I try to remember..... remember the smell of their hair after a bath, I remember to smile at the hairbows in my pockets and the crackers in my purse, I step over the mess on the floor and sit down to play, I read that same story, just one more time. I stop and listen, just listen... to the teenager, without giving advice. I treasure and store up all the little everyday moments, because one day all too soon, they will be gone.
"Only be careful, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your children's children." Deuteronomy 4:9


It's that time of year again - the much anticipated Daddy Daughter Dance. Banana just couldn't wait to get ready, (and since I have to set up for the photography for the evening, get two little girls ready, and one teenager off to a weekend retreat, the earlier we start - the better!) and I couldn't wait to take some pictures of her in natural daylight, unlike the normal flash pictures we get in the evening.
I went in to get Boo from her rest time to start getting her ready, and she was in her normal place as of late, in her soft pink chair in front of her window, holding her American Girl doll, fast asleep with her little head perched on the back of her chair as she was gazing out her window. At least she will be refreshed and ready to go for her big night - she has waited years to be old enough to go too.
EDITED: Look who is awake and is ready to go!!!
PS) LOTS more pictures to come!!



"For He says to the snow, 'Fall on the earth'; That all men may know His work."
Job 38: 6-7

Monday, February 22, 2010


What do you do when you wake up on Monday morning to face another week of ridiculous amounts of snow, and small children to keep cooped up in the house AGAIN? Why, you take an early morning walk of course. It helped put things in perspective.

Oh the work it takes to step off the sidewalk...
The rising sun was beautiful coming through the bare tree branches. Do you see the brave birds roosting in the tops of the trees?
Boo found this "crystal egg". She was rather unhappy after she carried it all the way home to discover that it had disappeared into a wet spot on her mittens.
We wondered what might live in this hole right in someone's front yard.
Soaking up the sun on our faces while we can....
Pausing to snap a picture of the most beautiful things on our walk.
We interrupt this winter walk with breaking news..... wait for it...... could it be??........
holy guacomole we have found a BUD!!!! A sure sign that spring will come at some point, whether it feels like it or not. It seems impossible somehow.
We suddenly have a little more "spring" in our steps!
But it's hard to skip in snow clothes.
Critter tracks of some sort.
Back in our yard, what is left of my hydrangea bush. One little sad stick, with a glimpse of hopeful life at the tip. It's amazing how it will grow back within a few months to a huge bush bursting with huge flowers as large as my hand.
We are seeing some progress with the snow melting, this little car was almost completely covered last week.
And my little red bird roosting in her favorite tree.