expressions of love

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Snuggling with Jocelyn the other morning, we had this conversation and I snapped these photos.

Me: know what’s awesome? We get to be in each other’s lives forever.

Joss: Not true mommy, someday you’ll die, like whisper did.

Me: But you know what? My love for you will never die. It will be with you always.

Joss: Your heart will go into my heart.

These are the moments where your child says something so profound and beyond their years that it takes your breath away. Yes darling Jocelyn, my heart will go into your heart. As a mother, we can only hope that all the love we feel for our children will be poured into their hearts and be with them always. Life is so simple now and our love is exchanged so freely and without hesitation. She yells, “I LOVE YOU!” from the top of the swings, from the back seat and in line at the grocery store. She says it like she wants the whole world to know it, though there’s this intimacy and understanding that it really is only between the two of us. I know that as she grows the way we express love will evolve and this fierceness of her expression will fade. Yes, its fun to hear her yell it from the mountain tops, but it’s not about me knowing her love. No matter what changes I pray that she always knows and feels the immense amount of love I have for her.


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  • September 18, 2014 - 5:34 am

    Gail - She is SO precious. And this is beyond sweet.

  • September 18, 2014 - 6:54 am

    Sherry Smith - smiled through the entire blog..She truly is amazing..

  • September 18, 2014 - 8:41 am

    Meghan premuda - Annnnd I’m ugly crying. Such a sweet girl/post.

  • September 19, 2014 - 4:39 am

    Renee - Holy smokes, this is BEAUTIFUL. This is why blogging can never die!

  • September 19, 2014 - 5:58 am

    Jaime - This is so beautiful. And so true! Thanks for sharing!

Half Moon Bay over Labor Day Weekend

We had a lazy Labor Day weekend that included an afternoon in Half Moon Bay. I was expecting it to be around 65 degrees that day, typical for that beach, so I packed fleece jackets for us all and wore pants, but it ended up being so gorgeous and warm, I wish I had my bathing suit! The sky was this amazing blue that looks straight out of photo shop, at least to my midwestern eye! It was one of those perfect days that flying by the seat of our pants worked perfectly, even on a holiday weekend. A late, lazy start, not so bad traffic and a cozy dinner in town to wrap it all up. It was exactly what we needed after the hustle and bustle that back to school days bring. I took my professional camera with me and shooting again was just as refreshing for me as it was for the kids playing in the sand.



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Jocelyn’s first day of pre-school in California

Miles has been in school for two weeks and Joss and I have been in this limbo between summer days and school schedule. Now she’s finally in pre-school and we can get rolling on a fall schedule. Mornings are a bit of a challenge as school starts a half an hour earlier than her old preschool did. She seemed a bit nervous, and we were too, but she’s going to do great!

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A passing parent asked her what he name was and she said, “Read it on my lunch box.”;-)

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Have a great day Jocelyn! We love you so much!

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Miles’ first day of school: 2nd Grade, Los Gatos, California

Miles got off to his first day of second grade in California. He did great getting ready this morning, but his little sister went to drop off in her pajamas and robe! Thankfully she doesn’t have school until September because she is still on Summer sleep in schedule!


Miles hates photos but is learning to appease me with a few quick grins.

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My two guys are off for a great day!


Miles’ school is a brand new facility on 4 acres in the foot hills of Los Gatos. It’s a gorgeous property and I love that it’s a fresh start for everybody, not just Miles! Busses aren’t really a thing here, so I had to drive him, but I have to say that the drive is gorgeous. It went just fine, even with hopping into a bit of Silicon Valley rush hour traffic.


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Bless this boy for being so brave and taking off with an open heart to our new world. I’m learning from him everyday in this big adventure of ours.

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