Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Peeling Back Life

Yesterday I pulled Ethan aside, held him in my arms, and pleaded with him to please just stop growing up!

Adelyn's little body is yearning for adventure. Wiggling in my arms, she makes her desire known to get down and explore the world around her - climbing stairs, playing with her brothers' toes as they eat their breakfast, standing in her crib and giggling at her Mama when she enters the room to scoop her up. It is hard for this Mother of hers to believe that she is nearly 11 months old.
Grayson and Ethan have replaced referring to themselves in third person ("Ethan do it." "Hold you Mommy.") with appropriate phrasing like "I did it!" and "Look at ME!"
These past days have been full of all kinds of firsts for these children of ours, and in turn firsts for Chris and I as we witness them doing something new literally every day. Swimming in a lake, first boat ride, going to Uncle Eldon's yearly cabin trip, meeting some aunts and uncles for the first time...
It is an amazing ride, this parenting gig!


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Taking part in their first yearly dock picture of all the cousins (which we've been doing for over twenty years!)


  1. Beautiful pictures, Beth! You're doing great with photography!!!

    And beautiful words as well. Oh, the bittersweet moments of motherhood.

  2. What a fun time it looks like you had! How blessed you are to be so close and able to do all the 'family things' now. And the kids are looking cuter than ever! I too always feel a twinge of sadness when they start correcting the way they speak. :)

  3. Looks like a great weekend! You took some great shots! And...I do believe you were sporting a bikini. Lucky girl!!! :)

  4. Love the pictures Beth! What a great time it was. Wouldn't it be fun to have all your cousins and siblings standing on the deck? It would need to be extended to twice that length!!!

  5. Oh Beth, what a wonderful, fun-filled time you all had. Your little ones are beginning a lifetime of memories sharing with their little cousins, aunts, uncles, Bapa and Aba and these memories will last forever. Great pictures and you are rockin' in your bikini:) Love to all of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Isn't summer's amazing what the kids do and learn outside and in the water! And isn't watching them grow so bittersweet?

    Adelyn is so pretty. The picture of her in the center of this post with just her in focus is lovely!


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