When I was a little girl, I used to make my dad handmade birthday cards. On the front of the card I would draw a picture of him holding onto a teeny-tiny little girl… me. As I grew, I continued to make him handmade cards – but never changed the size of the little girl that he held onto. I remember when I was older wondering why he loved these cards so very much. Him, 6′ tall, and me, maybe 3′ tall. Me, looking up at him lovingly and him, clutching onto his little girl. The words on the card “I love you more than ANYTHING,” and the look in his eyes as he opened the same hand drawn card every year.
I think I finally get it. In fact, I know I do.
It’s this. These little moments, that may seem so real and so lasting… that move so incredibly quick. One day, you’re holding a newborn baby… and the next, a three year old. A ten year old.
Ironically, right before this shoot of the Linton family (oh, how I adore you all!) Karen and I were discussing something so very similar. The fact that every day is a gift. Something we need to hold onto, remember, and capture forever. Hence… the importance of days like this :).
Jack Johnson says it better than I do:
“And these are the gifts we keep
And this is the morning that we breathe
And then we see
These moments are the only gifts we need”
These two together are so beautiful. I love their playfulness :)
Gorgeous family :)
I’m including these doll ones because I love them. Who doesn’t want a few extra babies in the family photos, right?! ;)
Avery’s eyes… stunning!
Maya says… that’s a wrap! What a fun, fun day on the tree farm!!!
But, just to tug on your heartstrings a little bit more… proof in how fast time flies. Avery at 2 1/2 and Maya a newborn, Avery at 3 1/2 and Maya 1, and Avery at 5 and Maya 2 1/2. I adore these little ladies so much!
hugs hugs hugs to Karen & Brett – and your sweet little ones!