MYKELA SOPHIA MESSINA MOORE
is 15 years old today

you are a graceful & kind young woman…
i am in awe of your patience & sweet disposition…
motherhood is a beautiful mystery…i sometimes feel as unsure
now as i did when i first held you in my arms…
yet you have someone become a teenager with such grace & poise,
you have made this part of mothering easier
than i am sure it is supposed to be
& for that i am oh so grateful…it is somehow still bittersweet
for as i see you grow & mature i realize i am
slowing saying goodbye to you as well…
that you will someday not live here seems
like the cruelest twist yet of
motherhood & yet
i know it is so…& although i will miss you
every step of the way, i will also
be so proud to watch you go…
take your time my sweet…
i love you more than you’ll ever know…

xoxo

HAPPY BEAUTIFUL BIRTHDAY

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my baby is fourteen years old today….it is inconceivable to me that the beautiful young woman who lives in my house is the same tiny baby i fell is love with so many years ago….and yet somehow it is so…she is a long limbed graceful girl & is now & will always be my baby…i still feel the same tenderness & awe when observe her….she is remarkable…many people don’t know that she was gravely ill as a baby….she stopped breathing when she was just days old & we spent three terrifying weeks in the hospital….she had bacterial meningitis….i lived day & night by her side in a chair next to her hospital bed…tubes & machines surrounded us….it was like an awful dream i could not wake out of…& then she was better…she not only survived but miraculously has grown & prospered in spite of the odds against her….she is strong & yet quite possibly the sweetest person i have ever known…she saved me, as if she new she had to get better….for i could not have survived any other out come…she saved me…made me a mother…taught me how to love & be self-less….there is not a single day that goes by that i do not realize how lucky we are….as her long limbs curl up on the sofa or bound out of the car heading for class, she does not know that a piece of my heart is always with her….nuzzled somewhere near her heart…motherhood is so humbling & eye opening….it’s heartbreaking & miraculous….my baby is not a baby anymore…but i still love to watch her sleep, to see the slow even rise & fall of her breath….it is today as i celebrate my beautiful daughter’s birthday, that i think of all the mother’s with sick children…i can & cannot imagine how hard it is….i wish you well…strength & peace…today i count my blessings & wish all mothers many blessings throughout the journey of raising another human being & watching a little piece of your heart find their way in the world….xoxo

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happy birthday mykela…may your 14th
year be as lovely as you are…..i love you

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most people know that CLAIRE PETTIBONE is an incredible designer….
she is also a wife & a loving mother to the most adorable little girl…little lorelei
just turned four…and her party took place at the coolest little farm…from trackter
rides to a petting zoo, a hay bail mountain & so much more…we had so much fun…
UNDERWOOD FAMILY FARMS

happy birthday lorelei…xoxo

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had a baby….
a beautiful baby girl named harper….
harper just celebrated her 1st birthday & i was
lucky enough to photograph her & her sweet family…

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brady & tiffani & harper

this is one of the sweetest families i’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing

there is such love everywhere…from the lovely beautiful details that fill there home…both tiffani & her husband are artists…the “harper” sign was made by tiffani….& brady is a wonderful painter & illustrator…the couple even made & decorated their daughter’s first birthday cake (my kinda people)

the afternoon was full of hugs & laughs (notice my dear friend
viola from CHEWING THE CUD’s beautiful fabric wrap)…..

my favorite thing about brady (besides his artwork) is his sense of humor….

everything pictured above was made by either tiffani or brady….

pure beautiful love….xoxo
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happy birthday harper!

 

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my sweet little baby girl is four years old….
i can’t call her jasmine because she recently
informed me that she’s changed her name to
“sprinkles”, i am in awe of this little amazing
lovely strong sassy sweet child of mine….
i am utterly at a loss for words…..
happy birthday baby….xoxo

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today is my husband’s birthday….i always take time to write something thoughtful about my children, so i wanted to take a moment and do the same for him…no those of you who have no tolerance for gushing, do no read on further….i intend to gush….alot….he is the most  wonderful man…

he is the truly most amazing person i’ve ever known….he’s such an interesting mix of strength & incredible kindness….i seriously never thought i would be this lucky….this happy….he is more than i dreamed of…..a wonderful father….so kind & accepting…he’s nurturing & endlessly calm…..

to our three children….he is so full of patience….its awe inspiring…seriously, i am not blessed with such a trait….and yet he is clear & constant with them, so that they are relatively well behaved…..oh and he’s funny….i mean we laugh & have crazy serious gin rummy battles….do not bring out a deck of cards or a monopoly board….in fact board games in general can bring on epic contests….we are both a bit competitive…….and just for the record i am the gin rummy champion, no matter what he might say….

i am eternally grateful for his presence….our home is calm because of him….i am often going in several different directions at once….i have to just to keep up….and he’s always there, calm, unresentful….he loves that i follow my dreams & never makes me feel bad that it at times takes me from our family….for this i could never thank him enough…i am deeply in love with my best friend….he makes me wiser, definitely calmer….he makes me think & look at things from different sides…when he kisses me, i am ummm speechless…..i told you there would be lots of gushing…

now, please don’t get me wrong….we’ve been through hard times…like everyone…times where we didn’t see eye to eye….times when i didn’t feel such adoration….but we went through the bumps & made it out the other side….together….perhaps that’s why i am so grateful now…the world is full of pain & hardship but our home is a place where i feel safe….& when we are together i feel at home….

he is so giving…he has worked with mentally challenges adults & children for years…..over the past two years he created a private club team around our eldest daughter & niece who are both talented young athletes….now he spends several days a week training & teaching the girls every thing he’s know about basketball….and he know alot….he is a fantastic basketball player….he played professionally over seas for several years….know he actually created a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of young basketball players….i told you, he’s amazing….too good to be true….and yet every morning when i wake up….there he is…smiling….ready for another day….

in the evenings we hold hands…every night….its sweet & so full of love….

so happy birthday mr moore….we love you so much…xoxo

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how did this happen?

one minute i was cradling a perfect baby boy…..

and the next i find looking into the eyes of a little man….

he is through & through a boy….fiercely independent & strong….and yet oh so sensitive (i apologize my little son, for i think you got that from me)…he is surrounded by women, his sisters and myself…and is not always tolerant of our feminine ways….he insists i kiss & hug him way too much, and yet he melts into my arms every evening & still absently reaches for a single strand of my hair for comfort…..

in my heart he is still a baby boy….

and yet he keeps reminding me he’s not a baby….

so i try to let him go a little….

and yet when he sleeps he is, as ever my baby boy….

and so it goes on…he grows & changes….he is intelligent & funny…and soooo intense…believe me he gets his fair share of time outs….and yet i admire him…his little body full of grown up emotions….

i feel so lucky to be his mama….

and cannot wait to meet the man he’ll become….

xoxo

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i am heartbroken & overjoyed…my daughter…my sweet little girl is thirteen years old…i feel i might burst with pride….she is lovelier than i could ever imagine…she makes thirteen so beautiful, i hardly recognize it….for me thirteen was a blur of awkward shyness…she is a gazelle….lanky & tall…taller than me, although i won’t admit it it….her eyes are still the perfect shade of gray…the color of dreams & unspeakable beauty….she has the body of a woman & the soul of a child….she is till so sweet & even allows me to fawn all over her with hugs & kisses & motherly advice….she’s tolerant….and yet strong…althletic & agile….her sweetness is so disarming….the rare times she shows just a hint of teenage attitude, i secretly smile because its so rare….it’s as if she’s trying on a pair of shoes & seeing if they fit…..i can chase that attitude away with a wink or a smile in her direction…i like to remind her that it’s cool to be close with your parents, so far she’s buying it…….luckily she still likes to wear the sweet shoes….i worry about the boys who will hurt her heart but lately i’ve been starting to worry about the hearts she’s going to slay by merely walking in the room…i pray that she knows her worth…that she recognizes her dreams & chases them with all her might….i hope her teenage years will be gentle with her & that she will emerge unscathed & peaceful…i will continue to stand on the sidelines….silently cheering her on & ready to wrap my arms around her if she need a little support…who knew thirteen could be so incredibly beautiful….i am in awe of her extraodinary loveliness…

happy birthday mykela sophia messina moore!

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what do you do when you are away from home, spending time
with friends in a french chateau on your birthday? you simply
must have a homemade chocolate cake & celebrate!!!!!!!!!!!!!

in a sweet green frock (this one is a BETSEY JOHNSON design)….

and you must kiss the one you love….alot

Happy Birthday To Beautiful KIM!

“Nous te souhaitons un joyeux anniversaire
Nos voeux de bonheur profonds et sincères
Beaucoup d’amour et une santé de fer
Un joyeux anniversaire

Nous te souhaitons un joyeux anniversaire
Pour que t’aies tout bon pour l’année entière
La réussite et la joie que tu espères
Un joyeux anniversaire”

a birthday celebration in france is….

simply wonderful….

    Joyeux anniversaire !

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