There are times at night I would dream of moments that have passed in my life. Sometimes I would dream of when my children were little and I could carry them again. Sometimes I would dream that they were sitting in my lap and we would just look at each other, all smiles, all love. We would “see” into each other’s heart and know that deep connection, that indescribable love. Just from that look, they knew how much I adored them and I too knew that I was the recipient of that unconditional love that God instills in children towards their parents. That is a trust and a treasure. In my dream, I would want that moment to never end, and every time I started to wake up I would find myself saying: “No, don’t go…”
Today, every chance I get this is what I want every mother that sits in front of my camera to feel…to be comfortable in her own skin, see how beautiful she really is, know her worth, and how that translates into her children…Children always see their mothers as beautiful, as powerful and as amazing. Mothers always see their children as “becoming”! With every new challenge and success (or failure which is how we find success!), Mama is always the one who is the greatest cheerleader.
Seeing all of this from my perspective, if I could share with you anything, I would say this: You and your child will only be this age once. Someday this phase of your life will be over and what will you have to show for it? Don’t wait for your next dream. Together, let’s make something beautiful and get it on your wall so you can stare at the image of who you are and who your children are, now; and gaze on the intimate bond that you share. No one else knows you like you’re children do…
This is why I photograph-it’s my greatest joy and an immense honor to ensure that your deepest connections and most intimate moments will be captured for all times so you will never forget how enriched your life is, in the midst of the busy, the chaos and the right now.
Have you ever noticed how the world comes alive around Christmas?
Strangers we run into at the mall or out at night, everyone is polite, caring,
smiling. Christmas brings out the good in us and as moms, we have this extra
special opportunity to teach our children not only what is happening within
Christmas, but what they can do as well.
Here are five simple lessons you can teach your children
about the attitude of Giving at Christmas.
Christmas is about being kind! It’s not about buying gifts to wrap as much as it is about giving the gifts of a smile, saying hello or Merry Christmas to strangers. It’s about our attitude and realizing no matter how old we are, we all have the power to bring joy to another’s day, just by what we say. To connect with others all we have to do is “use our words”. So say Merry Christmas to the grocery clerk when checking out. Look at and Say Merry Christmas to the person ringing the Salvation Army bell. Say Merry Christmas to all those you come across and let the love of this season shine through you, just by saying a simple phrase.
Christmas is about being together! During the holidays I always tried to bake more because it was something I could do with my children. We made cookies, cakes, breads, candies. It was so fun to do together. It was fun to see the final products all decorated and beautiful. It was fun to have works of art that could be eaten just everywhere in the house.
Christmas is about making your own gifts-you know, using your own two hands! When we baked, cut paper snowflakes or made ornaments, we always made sure to make many to give as gifts. This made great gifts for neighbors, the mailman, teachers and people at work. Many times my girls would give a simple gift of something they made to an elderly neighbor or someone at a facility and feel proud that they made this with their own hands and imaginations. Then when they saw the look of the person they gave the gift to, they would feel proud again. It was easy to reinforce by me telling them, they just gave a gift of love.
Christmas is about singing. I can’t count how many times we would walk the halls of a hospital, rehab facility or retirement center all dressed up singing Christmas Carols. All the elderly or injured would sit up in bed and smile. Those that could, would come out to the common room to hear us singing. The joy it brought to the faces of those who listened to the children singing was amazing. This made my children sit up straighter, sing louder and lovingly be able to walk up and offer those listening a hello or Merry Christmas without being afraid. They got to see the joy that came to the faces of strangers they were singing to and feel that joy themselves.
Christmas is on purpose and for a reason! Through every Christmas play, carol, and story, there was always the purpose of the season to be told. In reading the story of Christmas, my girls knew their life had meaning, they were brought forth and called by God to be on the earth at this time in history. By telling the story, again and again, this grounded them on how “on purpose” God was by bringing Jesus through Mary. This translated into the importance of our lives and the lives of those around us. It also translated into the importance of how we treated one another. After all, it was God who said: “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another”.
Even though my children are grown and gone (one just returned), I read the Christmas story every year. For by telling the story again and again we are reminded that God created us to be His family, this is why Jesus came. Then we can realize that every life on earth has importance and purpose, and we can live our own lives boldly, on purpose too.
By teaching our children these simple joys we really are
living out the simple point of purpose too. We instill in our babies the
importance of their actions, attitudes and mindset. We teach them that we all
have the power to give a kind word or a word of encouragement. We teach them
that everything isn’t always about “us”! We teach them that the Thrill of Hope
is living in an attitude of kindness, giving unselfishly, giving and using the
gifts you have and that life can be lived on purpose and for a reason. And when
we live on purpose we bring rejoicing to a weary world.
This Christmas season I wish you all joy as you live in the
midst of The Thrill of Hope!
It starts with two, then turns to three, which becomes more. Nothing is more valuable than family. Grandparents, parents and children, our greatest gifts, most valued treasures, and tremendous joy.
Family, Generations of love. We create our family history and then preserve it for our future generations. It’s in the day to day that a family’s story is written in the heart and mind of its children. Then those children grow up to become adults, and then it starts again… What a wonderful life!
Over the past two years, I’ve wandered out my front door and walked down the path with a purpose. Here, I check all the pretties lined up to make sure no more rabbitts have eaten more of the tender young sprouts that I have so much hope in. I have pIanted, I water, I weed, I spread mulch, I collect rocks and pray that the beauty I imagine will come and this garden will radiate love and glee and hope. I imagine children will be bewildered by the sizes of the giants and mothers will be enamored with the colors and happy faces. I pray it will be a place that dads can toss their kids up to see tallest ones or carry them on their shoulders and children can give their mama’s a flower or two.
This week the garden is ready, the Sunflowers have finally bloomed! After so many months the next two weeks will be the perfect time to take advantage of this family venue. The garden is open for portraits starting at 7pm in the evening until June 18th.
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