Bennie Whistler

It’s been a long time in the making, this boy has been practicing, and he has finally made it! He is whistling! He says he sounds more like birds chirping. It does actually, but I love it. He has been whistling nonstop for 2 days now. I love the way his little lips look. And with as much speech therapy as he has had….those are some perfect “O” lips! I sure love this little boy. He is complicated and serious and I love watching his wheels turn.  And if there isn’t chocolate on Ben’s mouth, it just hasn’t been a good day. So glad for free cookies at the grocery store.

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Letters to Our Children {May 2014}

Late, but better late than never, right? Small group this month, but don’t miss Barb’s Letter to her sweet babies! She is up next in the circle.


Dear Delia,

I’m a little late with the May letter, but I’m guessing you won’t notice since you guys aren’t really big enough to read them anyway. I’m writing this letter on June 9th, so your 6th birthday was just a few days ago. This morning you told me that you are so much stronger now that you are six. I love the way that six year olds think. You have accomplished so much already in your short six years. I love that every big (and even more so small) moment is being documented in your life. While you aren’t always so happy to have my camera around, I know that one day you’ll treasure those pictures as much as I do. I hope so anyway.
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In the past year, you’ve learned how to tie your shoes, ride a bike, blow bubbles with gum, hula hoop, swim using “big arms”, grown an extra tooth (while keeping the baby one….now that takes talent!), make a “donut” with your body….thanks to gymnastics, cross your eyes, flare your nostrils, blow up a balloon….and I’m sure there are more that I’m forgetting. Anyway, all of these accomplishments, no matter how big or small, one truth rings true. I’m proud of you little girl. You are growing into an amazing, caring, sweet, talented little girl. I get teary eyed just thinking about you. You have a kind and giving heart and such a loving soul. A bit whinier than considered pleasant at times, but I’m hoping you’ll grow out of that stage. I’m sure it is hard growing up with two brothers.

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Just today you wrote me a sweet letter, then later I found out you had written daddy a very similar letter. It went a little something like this: “Dear Mommy, I love you so much. You are so sweet. Saem as Daddy.” (complete with typo). You are always thinking of others and writing sweet little letters. I’ve found ones you have written to your brothers too. And your friends at school. Well, baby girl, you are loved too. More than you will ever know.  Deeply and completely. You are special so special to me. You are a light in the dark.

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I love you D!


P.S. Bebe/Bun Bun now has a new name. Bunny. Oh, and he is now a she too. I can hardly keep up.

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BarbJune 11, 2014 - 9:01 pm

I love this series of photos! Delia is such a big girl now and she sounds like such a sweetheart.

Letters to Our Children {April 2014}

Dear Ben,

Wow how time flies! You are seven and a half years old now. You still love all of the things you have always loved. Add to the mix a love of reading, playing video games, and the Kindle, and that about sums you up. I shouldn’t forget the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger obsession. You do love your cars! You continue to amaze me daily. You ask some of the most thought provoking questions, some of which I refer to your daddy. You wonder about aliens, life on other planets, and what life was like years and years ago here on earth. You’ve always been inquisitive in nature and I love that about you. You can memorize numbers like it is no one’s business.  From the year someone was born, to how many years ago the dinosaurs lived, you know it. It is really crazy. Usually if you spit out a random number, I can trust that it is correct. How do you do that Bennie? It’s just one of the many things that make you so interesting.

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Recently we were all at the park and you learned how to jump out of a swing.  So, naturally, I had to take pictures the next time you did it at home. You are so proud of yourself! As you should be! Let me say it has taken a long time for you to let go of your cautious attitude about things. As a baby, I know that you were always thinking two steps ahead. If I do this, this can happen and I can get hurt. I think you were three before you would go down a slide. Maybe not that old, but it seemed like forever! I’m glad that you are letting go of some of the more cautious behaviors and just being a boy and having fun.  The smile on your face is just priceless to me, Ben. Sometimes you just have to throw caution to the wind and try new things. Life isn’t always black and white. There are lots and lots of gray areas that you will have to find your way through. And sometimes you’ll have to just trust in others (like your momma!) and go for the moon! The worst that can happen is that your task didn’t go as planned. I’m always here to help you make another go of it.

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Ben, you are the best Ben that you can be! I love you no matter what.


Continue around the Letters to Our Children circle and see what Barb has written this month!

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Diahn OttMay 1, 2014 - 8:03 am

Wonderful letter – I love the photos! The one where he jumps and lands on his feet and looks at you with that sense of accomplishment on his face is brilliant! Good job, Ben!

BarbMay 8, 2014 - 12:42 pm

I love this series Laurie! Especially the look of joy in his face in the second to last one! I think as a mom it is so rewarding to see our children try something out of the ordinary for that particular child. Way to go Ben!

Letters to Our Children {March 2014}

It’s time for Letters to Our Children again! The second March installment:)Head over to Courtney at Click It Up a Notch to read her letter next!

Dear Bray,

Oh my goodness! My sweet baby.Brayden, you are something else! Your “permasmile” makes me so happy! Your outlook on life is one that I hope you hold on to forever. You smile your way through life. Your vocabulary is multiplying by the day and I love hearing what you have to say. It is usually something about trains, or Nascars, or Toyotas or Chevys, or the sweetest words I’ve ever heard. You have a lot going on in your mind, and I hope you share it all with me.

Recently, I was having a bad day. You were really concerned and gave me hugs and kisses, then you told me that I was your sunshine. That isn’t something that I’ve said to you, so I know I didn’t put those words in your mouth. My first thoughts were that God had spoken to me through your pure heart. You told me just what I needed to hear at just the right moment. What a caring, kind, sweet boy you are. I’m so in love with you, baby boy. I call you my “sweet baby” and you have started calling me your sweet baby. I will be your sweet baby for as long as you’ll let me.

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You have always been the more dare devilish child of ours up until recently. I can’t for the life of me get you to ride a bike. I think you have seen the other two kids fall off of theirs enough times to know that it can’t be all that safe. You say that you are afraid that you’ll fall off. So, I was over the moon the other day when you decided to hop on Delia’s old Razor and go for a ride. You scootered around the driveway for the afternoon. You looked like such a big boy! I get so excited when you and your brother and sister learn new things. I hope you all know that I will always be your biggest fan and supporter. I want many things for you, but most of all, I want for you to be happy and to love yourself and be proud of yourself, no matter what you are doing. 20 Bray Scooter-9-Edit_web

You go to school two days a week, so on the other three weekdays, we get to spend some one on one time together. I really love this time. I hope that you do too. I want you to know how special you are. You bring such light to this world. If this world were filled with Bray’s it would be a wonderful, beautiful place. I am blessed to have such a sweet soul in my life. You are so funny! Your laugh is contagious and you are such a crazy little dude! Recently, Delia was in a mood at the dinner table and she told you, “It isn’t funny Brayden!” and you said, “Yes it is! HAHAHAHA!” I don’t remember what wasn’t funny to Delia, but you.are.funny. You make me laugh everyday with something crazy that you’ve done. Another dinner table story is when you popped out of your chair and were shaking your “boobie”. You backed up onto Ben and said in a deep voice, “I’m gonna shake my boobie on YOU!” Then you shook it. I smile or laugh every time I think about it. You call Pirate Booty Pirate Boobies and birthday birtday and have it all planned out what your present will be. Trains, of course.

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I love you Bray Bray. I can’t think of a better addition to our family than you. You completed us and add so much joy to our lives. Can’t wait to pick you up soon and play a round of Mario Cart with you!

Love, Mommy (your sweet baby)

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Jen BacherMarch 27, 2014 - 10:24 am

This got me all choked up Laurie! Especially when you said he called you sunshine. I love how kids remind us of God’s love and all that is pure and good. Cute Bray. Love the light in the images!

BarbMarch 27, 2014 - 11:32 am

Laurie, these photos are beautiful! Well, worth the wait (I’m assuming since you posted that your internet issues have been fixed.) I think my favorite is the third one, although it is hard to choose :) Bray sounds like a sweet boy, although knowing you and Brent, I can’t imagine your children being any different.

CourtneyMarch 28, 2014 - 9:37 am

Are you trying to make me cry? What a sweet soul. When you said the sunshine story, oh my! Melt my heart. The photos are beautiful <3 I love that you guys do high/low too. And that his is snuggling with you. How wonderful. He's a keeper!

Project 12 Portraits {Out of Focus}

It’s time again to join a wonderful group of photographers for Project 12 Portraits. This month’s focus is {Out of Focus}. As easy as it sounds to take an out of focus image, it is hard to take one that “makes sense” or looks purposeful. So, all month, I’ve been taking out of focus images and honestly, most of them just haven’t worked. When I think of an out of focus image in photography, nostalgia, or memories come to mind. So, when I took these, I could see myself looking back years from now on life back in the day “remembering” the kids when they were young (with rose tinted sunglasses of course).

Spring is here, sporadically, anyway. Every day of warmth is a blessing. I love for the kids to get outside and ride bikes and play. On this day in particular, I needed a 365 image, and brought the kids to our neighborhood entrance to look at the blooms and first sign of Spring. These trees always bloom first and smell so good! The kids enjoyed seeing the pretty flowers and running around in the grass and I got a chance to practice a few {Out of Focus} shots. I’m not sure this style is “me” at all….I can see an out of focus shot here or there adding to the feel of and enhancing  a series of images, but I’m not sure I am up for the challenge of it actually standing on its own. It can be done! Just not by me…yet. I do plan on practicing this technique more and trying to incorporate it a little more into my typical “work”. Thanks for the challenge ladies! I can’t wait to follow through the circle and see what all you came up with!

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Next up, visit the talented Krista Keller | Danville Ca child, family & senior photographer and see what she came up with this month for {Out of Focus}.

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christinebMarch 15, 2014 - 9:03 am

You made my hear go pitter patter…I adore these!! Adore. They really are beautiful.

JessicaMarch 17, 2014 - 9:52 pm

Oh my gosh, these are WONDERFUL! I just love especially the one of her little hands, and the detail of the flower in her hair–what a sweet, fun time it looks like you all had!

Lesley GreenleeApril 23, 2014 - 2:45 pm

I just discovered your blog through the “Click It Up Project 365″ web page and I am happy I did. Your photos are wonderful – you are so talented. I am new to Project 365 (have been at it for a couple of weeks) and I am finding it a fun and exciting project. I am going to add a link to your blog on my blogroll. Hope that is ok. Have a great day :-)

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