Letter No. 3


Today is just shy on the other side of Christmas. You loved everything about this month. Our elf, Bella, who came to us just after Thanksgiving. She helped us keep in line and work really hard in school and stay on the “nice” list. You loved trying to find her every morning. You loved and were so curious about her “magic”. You built her entire rooms out of building blocks and doll house furniture and wrote her love notes and made her presents. Bella loved being in our home this month. She was taken care of and looked after and respected for her very important job by you lovelies. But most of all Bella loved the changes you made in yourselves. Bella is so much more than just a quirky little magical character that changes her place every morning…she expects model behavior of kindness, love and respect all of the time, not just when she isn’t here or watching you all year round. She loves you unconditionally and wants the very best for you.

We also celebrated Hanukkah for eight nights. You beautiful girls have learned the prayers and say them so eloquently. We love to listen to the Maccabeats and talk about how the Jews went back to Jerusalem to reclaim their home. And how lighting eight nights of candles symbolizes how the light they lit was supposed to only last one night, instead it lasted eight. It is a wonderful tradition to learn about every year and you both love it. The best part of this time of year is that there is no shortage of family. We do a lot with our families and truly love to spread good cheer and hang out with all of our extended families. We are now lucky enough to have both sets of grandparents here in town and you love being with them every chance you get.

Christmas was a blast. Lilah woke up at 1:15am, just as Santa had left. You were so excited, it took me almost two hours to get you back to bed. You woke up your sister in the process. I love this age. I want it to last forever. The believing, the excitement, the eagerness, the patience, the exhaustion. You finally gave in. You were both up by 7am. I loved hearing your sweet voices in the great room talking about the gifts and the shapes of them and the guessing. A morning we will treasure.

I hope that someday you will be able to hold on and teach your traditions in your own families. This month is always so rich in love, being with family, learning and tradition and I hope you are ready to hold onto the true meaning. Giving, loving and kindness always.

These images were taken at a Christmas Tree Farm in Belleville, Illinois called Eckert’s on December 2, 2012.

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Ginger Unzueta - sara,
what a beautiful letter to your sweet girls. i love their images at the farm..such lovely soft colors!

Sarah C - Oh I just love your family traditions! You are such a wonderful mama Sara!! Your little beauties are so blessed!!! You are making such special memories for them!! They will treasure your letters so much! Your photos are stunning to as always!!

Gretchen - Beautiful words to your girls, Sara and these photographs are beautiful and dreamy. I love all the pastels with those green trees!

amy grace - sara, i feel so much at home with your words, with the pictures you share. and i see it in your girls, in their eyes, the way they see you seeing them, the way they are so beautifully different from each other, yet so willing to share the special things they are with their mama. you are someone i would love to have as a real world friend now, and then the child i remember being, would love to visit your house, be a guest. there is a safety, something so sure, so real, so authentic about you, and it is heavy and lovely in each line you write. these images, too, are so soft, inviting, classic, timeless. i love the description of your traditions. we were lucky enough to know both, as kids, and i’m happy your daughters are too, with their big, loving families around them.

Debbie Wibowo - I can see the love and warmth of holiday celebration in your family through your words, Sara. I think they have the best gift by having each other as sisters. Love your images too..especially they ones when you also captured the sky. <3

Tamar - These are just wonderful gifts to your daughters Sara! lovely!

julia - These beautiful images are as rich in love as your wonderful words.

alpana - Such a vivid and wonderful memory to document. Love the soft tones and such gorgeous girls!

Kirsty - Sara, I love this – I love how you touched on the traditions your family holds so dear to you and on the excitement of the month – it echoes my own sentiments – the photos show that it was a month filled with joy :)

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