Sometimes pictures tell it all

I am so glad that I have children (particularly my youngest daughter) who can take pictures. In the early years of our marriage I tried to take pictures of my first born. On a stipend as a teaching assistant, our money was carefully budgeted so film for photos was a precious thing. When I turned out an entire roll of Hannah’s left eye or her ear and part of her hair, I decided that that was NOT a good use of our money!

Years later when Kevin’s father sent us a Polaroid and several boxes of film, I tried to take pictures of our entry to North Dakota. All blank. That was the end of my photos. The only way we ended up with ANY pictures of our children when they were young was when family or friends came to visit, took pictures and sent us copies.

Not so anymore. Here are recent pictures of my darlings.

My oldest and youngest...they are great friends!

Son #1 - very camera shy...this photo shoot was a miracle!!

Daughter #2, this shows her personality...sweet, funny, silly!

Daughter #3 - laughing at the constant jokes flowing in our home.

Youngest daughter, and photographer. Wish I found a good one with one of her hats on.

#2 son semi-smiling...he hates to smile for the camera although he smiles all the time at home!

Son #3 - my analytical son - just like his dad!

I love looking back at pictures from the year and remembering the jokes and laughs and puns and wonderful loving fun they all have with one another.

One of my daughters said to me last night, “Mom, I wonder if girls who have just one best friend don’t have sisters. It’s like that with my friends. But when you have sisters, you have other friends but not a single best one. I think it’s because you love hanging out with your sisters and they become your best friends.” I’ll tell you, that warmed the cockles of MY heart!

This is my Tuesday link-up on Loving Our Children. If you have a post from the past week (or in the coming days) that will fit the theme of loving our children, please post your link below. Share this button on your post (the code is on my sidebar or right click on the button below) to spread the word so others can join in the fun.

 




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20 Comments

  1. Aww, I loved seeing the pictures of all the kids. Can’t wait to join in on blog linkage. We are (hopefully) adopting a newborn boy due April 15th! 🙂

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    • Well, Leen, you can jump in NOW on the link-up with any post about your expectant delivery or your adoption process!

      I’m so excited that it is coming so soon!! I’ve been praying for you.

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      • Thanks for praying, it’s greatly appreciated! I linked up, hopefully the blog post qualifies.

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        • It qualifies PERFECTLY! It is a sweet and loving post, Leen, thanks so much for sharing it!

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  2. aw, I did so love the insight your daughter had!! My two girls have a lot of girl friends- but they are each others’ best friends. I’ve always found it so comforting – now that they are married to two wonderful men of God- they now have new best friends- and yet, I still see them so close!!! It does warm my heart as well.

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    • Connie, that is so sweet! Great job, Momma!

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  3. I love the pictures, Kate! Poor Emily wishes she had a sister. Instead she got stuck with two brothers who torment her regularly! LOL!!!

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    • Ah, but Terri, you just wait until she is the age for dating and see how her brother step up to the plate and become her protectors and champions! Thanks for linking up. Your post about your boys was delightful. I was so glad to see a glimpse into their personalities. I must confess that I WISH I had gotten at least 1 who was a neat-nik!! 😉

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  4. What a great family! Seeing all of these photos makes me smile. Great link-up! I love my kids to pieces! And it’s funny how you can love them more and more every day as you watch them grow up.

    I’m sharing a link about my son– we know is potential and I wish he’d understand that when people push him, it’s because they care about his future and know how much he will be able to do with his life if he just puts his mind to it!

    Thanks!

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    • Hi Diane! Great post and I’m so glad you were able to get your son moving. It is so hard when, as parents, we see the great potential in our children and they don’t see the value in pushing themselves hard or see the value of excellence – YET. I’m so glad you shared this story here and I’m looking forward to hearing more great success from your son.

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    • Thanks Shari Lynne. I so appreciate your coming by for a visit! I loved what you shared about your son on your blog.

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  5. Love the photos of your family. Oh how I miss those days of having them at home. Blessings to you all!

    Alida

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    • Thank you, Alida! I cannot imagine having them all gone…but it will come all too soon, I’m sure. Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. Hi Kate – lovely photos. I wish I could take better ones. My daughters both are better at it than I, sigh! Great post and thank you for linking up 🙂
    God bless
    Tracy

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    • Thanks, Tracy. I am always having to ask my daughter to take photos for my blog (mine look like I’m on a boat in a stormy sea with a fog setting in!! 🙂 ). Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit.

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  7. what a beautiful family…and the love you have for them, more beautiful still. 🙂

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    • Tara, thank you so much. And thank you for stopping by to visit.

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  8. fun pictures of your family!!

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    • Thanks so much for stopping by…it looks as though our children are similar in age as well! Fun!

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