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,

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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Debbie Wibowo - Sara, I hope she is feeling a lot better by now. It truly breaks a mom’s heart seeing their kids getting sick. I can tell how sweet she is, because she even willing to give you a silly face even when she wasn’t feeling good. I love everyday pics like this. They are honest and real. Thank you for sharing your day.

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amy grace - looking through these, and reading your loving words gives me that tugging feeling of mom sympathy. i just want to cradle her precious little face and stroke her hair…because you’ve done such a beautiful job of showing the fragile grace she can’t help but spill out. weak but trying. i love her spirit :)but also, i feel so nostalgic. because these tough times are so, so intimate, close, and sometimes really wonderful. because we get to take care of them, and they let us. i think you have shown something that as mothers, we will always feel, on good days, on sick days, on days when they are running away toward their own dreams. you are a great mother and she is such a sweet kid, sara xoxo

Sarah C - Even not feeling well she is just such a beautiful sweet child. I am SO sorry she hasn’t been feeling well. it is SO hard when your little ones aren’t well. I LOVE that you just make the most of it though and take what can be so difficult into a special time. These are just as gorgeous as any holiday photos!! Such a talented and special mama you are Sara!

shalonda - oh poor baby girl!!!! but you are so right my friend, these moments of just “the two of you” are sometimes nothing short of perfection, despite being sick. and the little glimpse of healthy is so wonderful hahahaha and what an incredible mommy you are. gosh think of the memories she will have of these times later in life. i can still remember times of my mom taking care of me when i was sick and love creating the same for my girls. hope everyone is on the mend sweet friend, xoxo

Kirsty - Oh Sara, I hope your little poppet is feeling better by now – I love that you captured her like this though – sometimes we want mothering to be all about the happy, smiley days, and yet often it’s those moments of weakness and vulnerability that bring out our protective, mothering instincts – so special xx

Emma Wood - Sara, I’m so sorry your sweetheart has been poorly, it’s heartbreaking when they are sick isnt it. I don’t think you could have done better with this post though because you’ve said it all through your words and images. Sometimes it’s these very real moment, that we treasure the most. I love how you’ve captured the details so beautifully too. I hope shes feeling better now. <3

Val Spring - Oh my friend, your Lilah is so beautiful and so are your words. I was reading your letter and I understand exactly the feeling of watching her not feeling like her spirited self and needing to get at least a little cue from her to know that she will be ok. And the whole part about watching her sleep and enjoying spending time alone and playing games. I still remember the sweet parts of being sick as a kid and having that extra special time with my Mom. I treasure those memories! I hope she’s feeling better and that she knows how lucky she is to have you as her Mom. You are a good one!!! Hugs!

Rashmi - Hope your sweet girl is feeling better Sara.. and I hope the both of you are getting all the snuggling time you need. xo

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