… of my first and and my last. … of a child that came to us through biology and a child that came to us through adoption. … of two cherished daughters. Just a picture… that pretty much sums up how what adoption looks like in our family.
My biggest girl. She’s at home for a season. And I am ecstatic. It’s not often a mom gets to spend this kind of extra time with one of her babies once they have flown the nest. Because fly the nest she did. She graduated with a Biology degree. Then started back to school to pursue a nursing degree. But… Read More
24 years ago, and some change, I gave birth to my first child. It was late August. In Dallas, Texas. And I was hot. I had taken the idea of “eating for two” literally. I’d gained *ahem* more than the recommended 35 pounds. A lot more. Due in part to my cravings, of all things, for Long John Silvers. With… Read More
Trying to carve out special time with your biggest isn’t easy. Especially when you have 9 younger ones afoot that are usually messier and bossier. And louder. But this summer we managed a few hours every afternoon. About 4:00, we ice down the coffee. Pull out the Quiddler. And put on our thinking caps. Okay, it’s not really a very… Read More
It’s been a busy summer. In a good way. I’ve let a lot of “regular” things slip because I wanted to be intentional about spending time with my kids. And it has been so ridiculously fun. One of the things I put on the back burner – besides blogging regularly – was my photography. I used to pull my camera… Read More
This morning it hit me. I mean, really hit me. Today my biggest baby was leaving home. Again. As I grabbed a stack of cereal bowls to set out for breakfast, I cried. As I picked out dresses for the littlest to wear to church, I cried. I tried to reason with myself – compared my fleeting hurt to the… Read More
I’m knee deep in another photography course. And I am loving it. I’m so grateful for the ‘push’ it gives me to get out there and shoot, especially this time of year when I’d sorta rather curl up on the couch with a big mug of tea. Our theme for the month, to be interpreted any way we want, is… Read More
Oh my. Be forewarned, there are a ton of pictures below. It was our singular “vacation” of the year, if you want to call it a vacation. What it was was one wondrous day at the beach. And so, I took a lot of pictures. It was also Poppy’s first time to the beach. She wasn’t so sure how she… Read More
from the other evening.
My biggest girl. I asked her to be my muse for a homework assignment for the class I’m taking. Thankfully, she didn’t require much bribing. Even the weather cooperated – a rainstorm dried up and the sun came out. And one hour, lots of laughs and 221 pictures later, I had five pictures of my biggest girl that I love…. Read More