This year seemed to pass so quickly. The sleepless nights, the ups and downs of being tired most of the time…and suddenly Christmas started to approach ! I realised I hadn’t edited the photos I had taken of the kiddies or taken any new ones of our family for ages! I couldn’t find the attachment for my tripod, time passed. It got way too cold for my liking. Lainey started with cold, coughs…and if you know her, she is one fiery girl! When she is not well….watch out world! Anything can trigger the waterfalls! Bless, I guess she comes from our side of the family on that one 😉 She is stronger than me though…she endures, perseveres and don’t ever get on her way! She is a natural leader for sure. Our sweet pea. OK. I’m going off track now… needless to say, if I want to plan a “set up” session with the kids and it isn’t in her mind, then…it won’t happen! I could insist but then she could get upset and then forget about the Happy Christmas photos, right!?
My favourite things to photograph are the moments in between. The love, the look in their eyes, the connection, the laughter…anything that comes naturally and will reflect who they are. That’s what I always love the most. Not to say, that of course it’s nice to have at least a few photos of the whole family smiling nicely etc! But never to get those moments in spite of how the kiddies may be feeling. I must confess that sometimes I loose track of that and I insist…I’m so glad my kids accept my repentance and forget so quickly. It’s always good to reflect our actions.
So off we went, for a little session, but all naturalI did take them to my favourite gate ( I love the colour!) and then I let them do as they pleased! Tickles and laughter are the best interaction they have, they show how amazing they both played together and how much fun they have! Lemmy and Lainey, they are both more than we ever dreamed of (except the sleep part that came along with Lainey ahem) But seriously, we know that our days are numbered and we are blessed. Every moment we have with them is cherished and when they are asleep, Marc and I often re count those moments in between that we both experience together or the ones I may missed while doing the dishes, or the ones he missed while he was at work. How I wish I could re-count them all. And again, that’s the one reason I love photographs, cause they tell of a moment that maybe my mind wouldn’t remember when the business and routine of life takes over or when my head is full of grey.
To remember….how Lainey suddenly stretches her arms to Marc and me and said with a big grin : “I love you guys! ” The way she kisses my chest (even half asleep) every time I nurse her and she switches sides. How she likes to make us laugh, and kisses and prays over all our physically owies. How she can’t wait for Lemmy to wake up in the mornings and doesn’t want to leave his room when he is fast asleep (and she isn’t) How Lemmy protects her from other older kids, steps in and says : “She is MY little sister, YOU need to be more careful. ” How he cheers her on when she started to do pee pees on her own : ” I’m so proud of you Lainey!” how thoughtful he is and draws me pictures, hugs me and is always so sensitive to other’s feelings and moods….the list is so long. We are blessed and grateful to God for trusting us, imperfect beings to the care of this 2 precious, innocent souls. I pray we always strive for goodness and to do the best we can. To always admit our mistakes, to be humble to admit them and ask forgiveness to them, to be quick to forgive as they are. Oh the grace we need! Thank you God for setting the example we need to live this life of parenthood. Let us not forget, that you lead us with love, patient, kindness…
” Love is patient, is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not pround. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easly angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hope, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Cor 13: 4-8
Hope you enjoy them! For the new year, I may try again…all of us 😉
HAPPY CHRISTMAS 2014 TO ALL!!!!
Just remember, enjoy the moments in between!