Funny thing happened the other day. I totally had a mommy moment. Not in the “normal” way where I forgot my kids name as I was trying to yell at him, or in the way I would feed them all cereal because I was burned out…. this was a new experience – in a store!
My son- the adventurous, wild, crazy, fun-loving and willing to try it all- his favorite shoes have entered into the phase of retirement. He loved these shoes! They were the ones he climbed trees with, learned how to break dance with, slide down the halls of any room he could get into, skateboarding to soccer to playing with the scooter- these shoes did it all with this amazing child of mine.
We headed out the to store and I was glad to be able to fit this growing child with something that would hopefully last him longer than 1 season, but as we were checking out, the lady at the register asked if I wanted to put the old shoes in the box to throw them away. I stood there… and hesitated. I could not answer her. My son looked up at me with his big blue eyes and mischievous smile – “NO! Um no please, I will just take them home.” Seriously, did I just tell this lady that I will take these ratty- stinky shoes back home with me?!
As we got back into the car I realized that his shoes meant something to me and it got me really emotional. When I looked at these shoes- I didn’t seem the holes or the soles that were rubbed away- I saw LIFE! My child’s life! I flashed back to every flip, run, smile, that he had in the grass, in the fields and on the road.
My kids are getting older and sadly my time for having more babies has passed – these dirty old shoes was my link to my memories and I just couldn’t throw it away.
So as the crazy mom that I hope my kids will one day understand, I made my son put on those shoes for one last time. After he took them off, I wrapped them up and tucked them away in my cedar chest of memories.
This is the story of a boy and his shoes!
It make my heart happy to be able to see clients over and over- and even more happy when friendships bloom from it. I got to meet this talented mom almost a year ago during a maternity session and I love that even though I rarely leave my house, I can still keep up with her on facebook.
I recently posted on my facebook page that I was looking for a baby that was sitting but not yet crawling- I had a need to get creative and I am having the worse baby itch! She was the first that responded and I jumped for joy and could not wait to meet her newest little one- even though I have seen her lots online.
I melted in a million pieces when I got to see Miss A- all that red hair and blue eyes- complete opposite of her beautiful and spunky older sister. I was in girl heaven!!
If you follow me over on instagram, you would have seen my challenge of wanting to make a baby romper. I was determined to do an up-cycled project but I am no Martha Stewart. Back in high school (cough- cough- long time ago) I studied fashion design and could sew anything… but now all I could do was stare at this mess I made and stressed out on how I was going to make it all come together. Finally after 5 hours – yes- FIVE HOURS- I finished my project and I was ecstatic to try it on this little peanut! And if fit her perfectly!!
Miss A was so much fun to play with- those big eyes of her just melted my heart! Her momma is so blessed to have 2 amazing daughters with such wonderful personalities!
Here is a sneak peek into our session- please be kind- Do not copy or steal any images.
It was one of those mornings were hubby and I were relaxing and enjoying our coffee in our room, chatting about what we had planned for the day, when our littlest walked in and jumped up on the bed for some special time with dad. I sat there for a few minutes, with a huge smile on my face- just watching these 2 have their time together. I wondered if my little guy will remember this moment when he is older- the way his dad would smile at him or how they played wrestle all over the bed and only gave up until the laughter was silent because they were laughing too hard. I knew those moments that I watched were really special to me and I prayed that this moment will be forever burned into my head. Watching the man that I love, giggle, tickle and play with my last and only child…. it was moving!
I grabbed my camera and sat back down to watch this beautiful moment unfold. I did not speak or guide them- I happily just sat and soaked in the moment!
This is my life… and I am so blessed!