When you’re four years old, there’s magic to be found in everything.
23 August 2003: It was the World Series of public speaking, the Olympics of oratory, the final bout for the heavyweight title of “World Champion of Public Speaking.” Who would win?
On this crisp Dutch morning, I found Jim and Samuel happily ensconsed in the living room watching Sesame Street. There was something about the serenity of the scene, their peaceful faces bathed in buttery golden light, I couldn’t help but reach for my camera.
In the moments before this shot, Audrey warned Logan that he couldn’t chase Eddie like he was chasing Jack-Jack. Like all toddlers, he asked why, and was told it’s because Eddie was mostly blind. Logan crouched down, cupped Eddie’s face in his chubby, dimpled little hands, and gazed at him with such sweetness and sorrow.
Tim and Rose flew from Phoenix to Dallas to spend Labor Day weekend with us, just for the hell of it. It was awesome, and easy, and relaxing, and oh-so-much fun.
I’m told there are a great many benefits to having kids when you’re young, from having enough energy to keep up with them to still being vibrant and healthy when they move out. But there’s also a benefit to the adult child of young parents: having time …
I recognize there are many things I do with and for my dogs that are patently ridiculous. Jim reminds me of this often. But some of what seems ridiculous at first glance is driven by necessity; if nothing else, a necessity for my own mental health.
Several weeks ago, my parents asked me to write an original poem as Santa’s prayer to God about Christmas. When children understand that Santa gives gifts in honor of God’s gift to us all, it’s a launchpad to involving them in “secret giving” to friends, family, and those in need. Here’s what I came up with.
The concept of Santa kneeling before the figure of baby Jesus is one my parents absolutely love. I’ve tried to capture this image twice in previous years, but as my photography skill improved, I was finally able to create the image I had in my head all along.
I have the cutest parents in the world. I know I’m biased, but seriously … when you’re the offspring of Santa and Mrs. Claus, how can you help it?!?
I wanted to do something extra special for our friends, Tim & Rose, as I delivered their finished wedding photos…
“A dog is the only creature on earth who loves you more than he loves himself.”
Yesterday, I spent a fantastically fun morning with my best friend, Audrey, and her 4-year-old daughter, Tegan. We’ve been talking about doing this since Tegan was a baby, and we finally made it happen; we dressed her up in Mommy’s wedding gown and took pictures in my studio!