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Aunt Abbey & Uncle Abdul with Maggie & Wyatt: Sneak peek

January 12, 2018



My Babies: Wyatt and Maggie

December 29, 2017

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My Babies

Wow, my babies. They are the best. Yes we have sibling fights, sort of. Where Maggie takes Wyatt’s markers, or eats his drawing. But for the most part it is all just love. He loves her, and she loves him. He was her second word, but always her first love. He’s the only one who can make her smile when she bumps her head or life’s got her frustrated. In the 8 months they have been together he has taught her so so much. The most important thing he has taught her has been to laugh in the face of fear. And for the first few months of her life he taught her to love being scared. Now if you jump out and scare her, or yell boo she laughs.
Besides all of that nothing warms a mom’s heart more then to watch her kids curled up in bed reading a book together. Tonight Wyatt read the Storybots dinosaur/ T-rex book to Maggie while she sat next to him in his bed. Both were ready for bed and in their jammies. And as I sat there watching, my heart melted there for a moment. As Wyatt read the book and turned the pages, something on one of the pages made her laugh. It was so sweet. As she reached for the book my sweet moment was interrupted by Wyatt pulling the book to the other side of him away from Maggie, fearing that she would grab it, rip it, and then most likely eat the piece she had ripped off. Reassuring him that everything was fine and he needed to relax, he continued to read the book. As his dad, Josh, laid down next to him, Micky, one of our cats, came up to Josh to be pet. Wyatt’s beautiful reading was again halted. Instead of reading he began to whine “Micky never comes to me to get pet.” Josh explained “because you tackle him and don’t let him go.” Wyatt paused, still upset, began to compose himself. But having to agree with Josh that he does do that. Then he continued to read the book until finish.
I have come to learn that is how it works with two kids. You have to remind yourself of the sweet moments when they are so so hard to find at times. With my two I really can’t complain much. The arguments and frustrations are rare. It is almost always beautiful. The only time it gets a little bad is when everyone is tired. But bedtime always seems to still, in the midst of all of the cranky tiredness, have some of the most beautiful moments.
Growing up I had an older brother, we were less then two years apart. And we were very close. I may have thought we were closer than he may have seen it from his perspective. But with us growing up it was more of a 50/50 ratio. 50% of the time it was good and 50% of the time it was not so good. And of course those percentages changed based on what stage of life we were in. Now that we are grown up it’s more of a 99%/1% ratio. I can only think of one time in our adult lives where my brother and I were not on speaking terms. And truthfully I think it only lasted a few days. We are so close that it was really painful for us to be mad at each other. And while I can remember the pain I felt from us being angry at each other, I can not remember for the life of me what the fight was about. Maybe he can I don’t know. He always did have a better memory than me.
Either way I really hope Wyatt and Maggie have some struggles, because I am sure it will bring them closer. But I always hope they both know the other loves them with all of their heart. Because I know no matter what they always will. For now though I love seeing them grow up together. Because it’s beautiful. They are two peas in a pod.
Maggie may you never grow tired of waking up to your brother reading to you from the chair next to your crib or bed. Wyatt, may you never grow tired of reading to your sister. May you both never tire of teaching each other new things, and may you never grow tired of listening. May you both never stop teaching each other to laugh at fear. And never fear to laugh. May you never take for granted the arms that wrap you up in love, and may you always wrap your arms around the ones you love. May you always grant each other forgiveness, but may you never forget to set aside your pride and know your faults. For one with out the other is emptiness. May you never forget goodnights and I love you’s, and although its important said, know its always true. And may you always love with your heart wide open. And Wyatt never forget that for at least a year you always said you wanted Maggie to be your wife one day. (Someday I am sure I will remind you of that.)
 Maggie and Wyatt, I love you both so so much, more then my heart is even able to love you, that is how much I love each of you. I love you both the same, yet in so many different ways. You are both my heart. And in my heart you both will always be. I love you to the moon and back, and a million more trips. I love you -Mom

East Timor: Not my normal blog post

December 17, 2017

Dear Wyatt

This isn’t my normal blog post, but my son is anything but normal when it comes to some things, so I figured it was appropriate for his blog.

Wyatt and I have been reading this book, Junior Genius Guides: Maps and Geography by Ken Jennings, as we go to bed each night. I’m usually the one that pushes for a more “story” kind of book as opposed to facts. But I really am starting to like this book. Tonight we ended with the activity called first and last. It’s where you name a place: City, state, country, continent, ocean, mountain, landmark. And then the next person has to name one that starts with what yours ended with. And if you can’t you’re out.

As we named places I thought about what the book said earlier in the chapter. That National Geographic surveyed college aged Americans only 70% could find the…

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Maggie 7 month portraits

December 17, 2017

My Dear Maggie


As I look down at your sleeping face all I can think about is how blessed I am to have you in my life. Your perfect little nose, your lips pursed together as if the bottle was still in your mouth, your plump cheeks that everyone always talks about how they want to just kiss them all over, your eye lids closed just right not too tight but just enough, resting each on the other. You are beautiful. You are perfect. You are a gift from God. You make our family perfect, and whole.

Your heart is beautiful. Everyday I see you and your brother interacting together and the love you have for each other and I just know our family is whole. The way he comes over to give you a kiss when you cry or bump your head and only his kisses make you all better again…

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Wyatt 6 year portraits

December 12, 2017

Dear Wyatt

Dear Wyatt,

Wow you’re 6 years old!!! Its crazy. I don’t even know where to start. Right now I am trying to write you this letter while in the other room you are playing the “Velociraptors Storybot” song and running around pretending to be a velociraptor. So pardon my focus.

You have grown up so much over the past year. You have become a big brother, and honestly I have never known a big brother as amazing as you are, and I had a pretty amazing one. From the moment Maggie was born, and honestly even before, I knew you two would be close, and I knew there was so much love between the two of you. I still can picture like it was yesterday you coming to visit us in the hospital, Aunt Michelle and Uncle Scott Myers brought you. You walked in with flowers and a cute toy…

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Maggie 7 Month Portraits: Sneak Peek

December 11, 2017

My Dear Maggie

7 months old, where has the time gone? Well for now here is a sneak peek. I will say my favorite picture of Maggie ever may be her in the NASA shirt. It just shows off her attitude and well, I just love it. More pictures to come. Its a busy month for sure._MG_6070_MG_6043_MG_6033_MG_5964

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Miller Family Portraits

December 11, 2017

A few weeks ago I was so honored to take the portraits of the Miller family. The boys were so much fun to photograph. Their personalities were so photogenic and I think really came through in the images. Erin really wanted some pictures with the fall colors in the background so we went to one of my favorite places to see the brilliant fall colors. We spent a lot of time enjoying the weather, it was beautiful. And patiently waited for the sun to be in the perfect spot for the perfect lighting. The boys were very patient, I was so impressed. Its really nice to see two siblings getting along and really being friends with each other. I am sure it isn’t always this way, but it was really nice to see that day. Thank you so much Erin for the opportunity to capture your family. You have a beautiful family. I hope everyone enjoys the pictures.


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