More good stuff that I’m just now posting. My cousin, Ginny, wanted some pictures for Christmas cards, so the Turnbows stopped by my mom’s house so we could catch the few fall leaves before they were gone. I had forgotten that sometimes it’s harder to photograph Dad than it is to photograph a toddler! I’m so thankful for these folks and we will sure miss them when we head south after the first of the year. I love you guys!
I love this family! They have been so good to our family over the past few years and are a great testament to generosity and doing for others. If you know them, you know it was quite a feat to get them all together at once. That’s what having a house full of teenagers is all about. Thanks, guys, for letting me photograph your family and sharing these memories. I’m thankful for each of you and your friendship. Merry Christmas!
I few years ago I photographed Hillary for her senior portraits, and this fall I had the privilege to photograph her little sis, Haley! After a lot of hard work, Haley was able to graduate early and will continue her education at UTA. I’ve been waiting until after her early graduation announcement and ceremony until I posted these, but now I get to share! Congrats, Haley, and best of luck in college. I know you will do well!
All of a sudden you have changed so much. I have a fourth grader on my hands who is becoming a more responsible, curious, opinionated, and interesting person each day. Don’t get me wrong, you still love to play and imagine, but you are more grounded and discerning than ever before. You really seem to think things through and know how your words or actions can affect others. We have all come to depend on you so much. Crosby will go to you when she is hurt or wants your help with something. Brooks still loves to tell you things and to play and explore with you. I couldn’t do all that I need to get done each day if it were not for all your help with the other kids and the chores. And Daddy has turned you into quite the hunter and first-rate fisherman. I love that you are just as comfortable outside by the river, or on the boat as you are in a library full of books. I know that you are growing up and you want more freedom to do things on your own and to try new things. It’s so hard for parents to come to a point where we can let you make your own decisions without worrying about you. I don’t think we ever fully get there; just ask Grandmother! But even though it’s hard to let you grow up and become your own person, it’s also been very rewarding and great fun! I’m so grateful for the person you are becoming and I pray each day that God blesses you and guides you as you grow. We always will love you and believe in you and your ideas and dreams.
OK… so I cheated. These are the photos that I took 4 days ago for Crosby’s 1st birthday, but I’m using them for my September letter. It’s a two birds/one stone kind of thing. ;) And you will have to forgive the photo overload; it’s her first birthday, after all.
Happy 1st birthday, baby girl!
Of all the ways I imagined celebrating my 40th birthday, having a baby was not one of them. But that is exactly where I found myself one year ago. My 40th birthday. Your birthday. And now I can’t imagine it any other way.
It’s been a beautiful and challenging year. You have been nothing at all like your big brother and sister. I guess that some of that comes from Daddy and I being a bit older this time around. Sometimes we think that you don’t know you are supposed to be a baby; always trying to keep up with the big kids! Aubrey didn’t walk until almost 16 months and Brooks was about 14 months before he even tried. But not you! You started taking steps a couple of months ago and you’ve been running around for the past month. They were talking in sentences by their first birthdays, but you are taking your own sweet time. Who needs to talk when you can point and smile and 4 bigger people rush to get you what you need, right? You add new signs all the time and know exactly what we are saying, but stick to your favorite words of “Mama”, “Daddy”, “Bubba”, “Aubee”, and “Meow”. Someone told me the other day that it seems we have a listener in a family full of talkers!
This day finds us hanging out at home, playing with our friends and neighbors, lunch at Grumps with Daddy and my girlfriends, learning to open presents, and Scarlet accidentally letting you drink her diet coke! I’m glad that we will always share this day of our births. Our story will be unique and fun – something only we will share, no matter where life finds us. Together or apart. But when it comes to sharing, I hope that it’s only the good things that we share. My sense of humor, my eyelashes, my love of good books and fast friendships. But I don’t want you to have any of my faults, my critical nature, my temper or my failures. Take the best of the people around you and overlook the bad. Forgive people their shortcomings and do your best to be a better person each day.
I love you and am so thankful that God blessed us with you when He did. You truly complete our family.