Oh, sweet Tatum. Don’t worry one lick. There were plenty of shots from their family photo session with her face beautifully in focus, the light hitting it just right and her giggling away with her amazingly joyful giggle. But what I absolutely love about this photo is the smaller things of this part of two-and-a-half year old-ness. I love the movement of the wind in her light, whispy hair. I love her rolled up sleeves from having just been exploring at the water’s edge. I love that her small fingers still have a little bit of that baby chub to them. I love the gesture of those fingers, too, and I think most of all – the way her pinky is pulled up just so, a tiny little movement that may not mean much, but it may mean everything about this present moment in her growing up. To me, this photo is so right now. It’s maybe not a blow-it-up-and-put-it-over-the-mantle kind of image, but it’s definitely one that tells so much of this beautiful and dynamic girl.

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This young woman is going to change the world, of that I’m certain. We met up on a lovely fall morning in St. Paul for her senior photos, and it was fascinating and inspiring to hear all about her post-high school hopes and dreams. I had such a great time getting to know Heba and I so love how her photos turned out – not only is she an ambitious scholar and fantastic conversationalist, but this gal is gorgeous to boot. Heba, I wish you the very best for the rest of your senior year and all that awaits you in the future!

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Guys, this is one of my all-time favorite reception dance photos. I put it into black and white to keep the focus on the exuberant bride’s face – I also happen to really love a good, contrasty black and white. I love the groom, grooving right down in front of the bride. I love the happiness on every face and in every appendage. I love the arms shooting out every which way. I love that you can still feel the bass pumping, and the hit point of the song clearly nailing it right now. This couple was so stellar, completely in love with each other, and growing more so every moment. They were so clearly and wonderfully comfortable with each other, and with all those who had gathered to celebrate with them. That happiness and excitement completely oozes out of this photo, and I truly couldn’t love it more.

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I met up with this sweet foursome and from start to finish their entire St. Paul family photo session was smiles and giggles all around. I had so much fun exploring the architecture and little back corners of Lowertown with them. We spun and strolled, danced and ran and even had a little stage show by the end of it all. I have to say, I just love reliving these sessions a few months after the fact – takes me back to amazing and totally laughter-filled moments and just keeps my joy so far up. Thanks so much for coming out to play, McCarthy family!

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It’s another installment of what will hopefully be many monthly letters written to my son. It’s a part of a memory-keeping attempt to capture these glimpses into the everyday and the not so ordinary moments that pass by so quickly as children grow. This is an ongoing series.


Dear sweet little guy,

You’re becoming such a little guy. You love to help with small tasks both around the house and when we’re out. You are starting to be able to spend much longer at a single task – we were at the library earlier this week and we spent a solid 15-20 minutes building with tiles, something you wouldn’t have had the patience for even a few months ago.

You still have a toddler’s run, though it’s starting to smooth out, becoming more of a kid’s run. And this year, you’ve found the joy in flopping down and falling into the snow. Now, we just need to get some more nice days when the snow’s good enough to play in.

This is the last of these little notes I’ll write to you as my only child, from me as just your mama. The two of us spend a lot of time together and that’s going to change so dramatically in just the next couple of weeks. I’m so excited to be welcoming a new little one into our family, but I have to admit, I’m nervous and a little sad that this really amazing time in both of our lives is coming to an end. I know you’re going to be such a great big brother. It may take some time, but I’m so looking forward to the relationship that you and this new little person will have. My relationships with my sister and brother are something that I cherish so deeply and I’m thrilled to be able to see how this all develops for the two of you. Always know that you made me a mama, and I am so proud to be that for you.

I love you. So, so much.
Mama

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  • Staci Kennelly

    Yes to all of this. So much love for your family.ReplyCancel