Letters To Our Daughters

Letter No. 2

Sweet Lilah.

We had grand plans of a great portrait session with you this holiday weekend. But, your little fever had bigger plans. It has been three days and your fever finally broke last night. It has been no less than miserable for you. The first glimpse of your illness was actually Thanksgiving Day. The minute all of our guests walked out the door you started to cry and you were burning up. It has been a long weekend. We have had our share of chicken noodle soup, flat sprite and saltines, huh? I think we have seen every episode of “Charlie and Lola”. And I love hearing those two banter back and forth with their English accents and pen and ink little bodies colored in while snuggling up to my dear, sweet sick one. You were well enough to sit upright for these little gems at our kitchen table. You wanted to draw a house with a rainbow. It was about all you had energy for and you were very methodical and careful about how you held those mini markers. And we even got a spark of your personality in a couple of them. Just enough to let mom know you were going to be okay. I love these little snippets of time where it is just of the two of us. I get to watch you sleep like I did when you were a babe. Your little spirited self is you with a little less spark. I promise next time we will get a prettier, healthier version of you with some wonderful portraits to follow. For today, we will go with your snarly hair, weak smile from an entire weekend of fevers, sleeping, reading, numerous tic-tac-toe games and movie watching.

love you,
xoxo
mommie

Please direct your attention to the fabulous Jess Sandager of Olive Avenue Photography | Minneapolis, Minnesota to read her Letters To Her Daughter.

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Letter No. 1

Maya-Papaya,

My dear sweet first-born. You are such a beautiful, sweet and gentle soul. I love this day of images. They show all the real sides of you and your personality. You are sweet and demure and captivating on the inside and born with such an immediate conviction, strength and wisdom. I love what kind of a person you are turning into, Maya. Your teachers and coaches compliment you on how much they love and appreciate you in their classes or on their teams. That is one of the highest compliments. We are so very proud to be your parents.

I believe that every day with you has been such a blessed gift. And when we brought you home on that day in August, I swear (as every parent does) the Red Sea parted. All life’s miracles, hopes and dreams came home with us wrapped up in your dad’s eyes and your moms freckles. I love that we as parents get these days and nights understanding you, loving on you and sharing with you. We have been deep into reading the Wimpy Kid series and you love everything Greg and Rowley are learning about life. But more importantly, he is funny and pulls some serious shenanigans all that create that fantastic full belly giggle of yours. We can’t wait to bring them out each night. You and I get to relish in the days of Greg and Rowley. I love that we can discuss how funny these boys are and on the flip side, the wimpy kid series really segues nicely into talking to you about bullying and how important it is not to bully and to have the strength to walk away from someone who is not acting nicely towards you. And to tell someone about it. All of these beautiful messages wrapped up in a series of books you love to read. The best!

I think the things I love most about you is the prosaic, everyday things that make up the sum of the whole. Whether it is cooking or watching Giada flip up something cool, grocery shopping perusing the internet on how to make the coolest animal out of your origami paper, talking about replacing your itouch with the latest one, learning about what you did at school that day or building a whole village of zinkies, squinkies, zoobles and whatnots. You have such an amazing and vivid imagination and you put all of it into your art and pottery. You were so excited about your pottery class and you are sad it has come to an end. I know you wanted to do more with the wheel. We will have to find another class soon. It has been a total blast redecorating your new room from the colors to the accessories. It will be finished, soon. I promise. Your new cover and pillow cases are set to arrive early next week:)I love that we get this time to do things together and that I get to teach you all of the things life has to offer. It is one big open wide breath of fresh air. Breathe it all in sweet girl and spread your wings!

xoxo
mommie

Please direct your attention to the ever soulful, Julia Stotlar | Chicago Area Photographer with her letter.

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