Letter No. 4

Letters To Our Daughters. No. 4

Dear M & L,

We went to a tree farm. Your very first visit. You could not wait to check out everything on the land from the tiniest tree needles to running up and down the rows to playing hide and go seek to counting how many stumps there were to picking out your favorite tree. You wanted to soak it all in. Just being outside and being together. Everything you do and say is all about light and love and hugs and giggles. You like to collect flowers, rocks, grass, plants and pretty anything portable. You carry it almost as if it is the last of it’s kind on earth, still living and breathing, still alive forever. You cherish them and talk about them and name them funny names. Your innocence is intoxicating and I relish every moment of it. I want to capture you in your elements, your different expressions and faces, at your happiest, your funniest, your most active, your most creative, your most excited, but also at your sickest, your saddest, your loneliest, your angriest. We didn’t quite cover all of those in these images, but one of my goals this year is my connection to you through my the images I capture of you. We will get there sweet babes.

You are eight and six. I want to wrap you up in a box and stunt your growth and never let you out, but I know that this is not possible. And on the flip side, I want you to grow up confident, independent thinkers and lovers of all humanity. I want you to love and appreciate what you do every day and soak up every molecule of information that makes you a better you. I want to remember every little detail about your life, the sound of your sweet voice, your contagious giggles and deep laughs, your freckles, stringy hair, your eyes, the shape of your face and your button noses. I want to remember the funniest things you have ever said and done. We love to keep things simple, we appreciate the small things, the prosaic things. You are at your happiest when you are with your cousins, close friends and family, when you are with each other. And I ask myself why? It is easy. You are at your happiest and best when you are comfortable, confident, when you learn new things, when you play with your favorite people and toys, when you help mom cook yummy food and when we reflect on all the things around us that we are grateful for: thumbs up, thumbs down. Life is happening to you, for you and all around you. Please keep being as sweet as your favorite ice cream.


Please click through our blog circle to Kirsty Larmour who is sure to have an amazing and inspirational letter to her daughters.

shalonda - oh sar….the airy light way you “speak”/write is so calming and perfectly motherly. i adore it. 8 and 6…wow in the blink of an eye i will be standing in that same place and i so whole heartedly agree with you “life is happening to you, for you and all around you” its simply amazing isnt it?!

Rashmi - Sara, I can relate on so many levels… so beautifully and poetically written friend. It is so true, the simple humdrum of our lives is so beautiful.. our children don’t need stuff from stores.. they enjoy the treasures they find in nature just as much, if not more.
Beautiful photos and words friend.xo

amy grace - sara, this is just such closeness in this, i almost feel as if i’m eavesdropping. you are so natural as a mother. there is such deep comfort in you. there is a quietness, and honesty, an elegance to your little world of three. you aren’t trying to be someone or something, you just are. one hundred percent authentic, and my do i appreciate that. you really nailed the description of that dichotomy of having little ones who are on that border, getting bigger and in the world more on their own. i want mine in a box too. a box with wings. there is a peace about your love that they reflect back. they don’t look guided, they just look comfortable and real and sweet as can be. xoxo

Kirsty - Sarah, we all write different words yet from the same place – we want time to stand still and yet to raise these little people to be able to go out and face the world – your words speak to me and I watch you and those beautiful girls of you, as you provide guidance – I’m just a couple of years behind with mine and I know they will be 8 and 6 all too soon.

Debbie Wibowo - I love the connection between them as depicted in pic where they did nose kiss. Cute! I really love reading the part when the soak in the nature and appreciate all the small details. You teach them a good value that I think is really important. Psstt….I adore the freckles too!

janet bailey - Gosh they seem older than there years! What beauties!
Love those candy colours! xo

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