Back to the Future | Where the Boys Are, A Memory Keeping Revolution

Today is the future. 

10.21.2015, 4:29 p.m.

We drive flying cars, we hydrate our food and our doors do not have knobs. Well, at least in the 1989 version of today. The twelve year old me thought October 21, 2015 was fiction, a day I would never see.

A child of the 80s, I could not fathom how near [or far] 26 years would be.

In another 26 years my boys will be 36, 31, and 29 and that is also a piece of fiction. Who they will become is something I cannot wrap my mind around just as when I held them in my arms I could have never imagined 10, 5 and 3. 

The only certainty is who they are today. 

Our boys play in the last rays of light. 

Our boys are a tribe. 

Our boys save the world. 

Our boys live in routine. 

Our boys explore. 

Our boys believe anything is possible. 

Our boys have each other. 

Our boys create adventure. 

Our boys balance. 

Our boys are students. 

Our boys are layers.. 

Our boys revel in beauty. 

Our boys walk in faith. 

In another 26 years these truths will remain, well, that is our hope. We photograph what is important and nothing is more important the here and now. Welcome to our October collaborative post. We hope that sharing our story inspires you to share yours. 

Here we go......


The last warm light slips below the jagged horizon. Your knees, faces, hands and feet are smudged with the sweaty adventures of the day. On this day, most families are feeling the coolness of fall setting in, despite our mid-October is just an extension of our summer days. You have no conception of how lucky you are to grow up in the California sun, but I hope one day you'll look back on these long, hot, dry days that give us ample time to play and understand how special this place is we call home. - Kelly Sutton 

It was our last night at our camp we rent every summer, and this was one of your imaginary games. I think you were pretending to be in a tribe, during sunset. Now, that Fall is fully here, I look back on the memory of that evening and smile. We soaked up every last drop of this amazing place before it was time to leave. - Cate Wnek

I’m sure there are times when being the littlest brother is hard, but this is not one of them. When the big boys say “Avengers, Assemble!” and they are looking you square in the eye, as an equal and integral member of their world-saving team, I love seeing you eagerly assume the role. You may be small, but you are mighty. And you are all in. - Andrea Moffatt

We’re nearly into the melodic swing of the school year.  Early risers, hard workers, and then you bound through the door for chores, snack, homework, and finally play.  The homework just feels like ticky-tacky bits of the daily after-school agenda.  I want you all tumbling into the yard or up to your elbows in Lego bricks as soon as possible too.

And yet here in this quiet, new routine you have discovered another thread in your relationship. The rally of academic support between you is real. - Jen Lucas

I love to watch you exploring the world around you. I hope you’ll always stop and pay attention to the small things. - Kelly Noel

Nothing is impossible. The word itself says “I’m possible”. ~ Audrey Hepburn

I hope you always have each other’s backs.  - Ann Woodard

Anything can be an adventure with you.  A trip to the grocery store.  A vacation to the mountains.  Or just simply throwing rocks into the ocean. - Donya Gjerdingen      

Raising a boy, it's a delicate balance between teaching him when to win and when to learn to lose. - Janielle Granstaff 

"We will laugh and sing and dance and create. We will always have permission to be ourselves with each other. No matter what, you will always belong here. " - Brene Brown

Whether Captain America, or an artist, or a mischief maker I hope that you always know that there is no certain thing or way you need to be. I want you to know that there are no bounds and I will love and nurture every part of you. There is more to you than what society expects and that is my favorite part of walking this journey with you. - Monica McNeill  

“There is a sunrise and a sunset every day and you can choose to be there for it. You can put yourself in the way of beauty.”  ~ Bobbi Lambrecht

You can.  And you should.

Make time for the quiet moments, as God whispers and the world is loud. ~ author unknown

 This term at school is all about handwriting. Each week, your duly get out your homework book and practice away with such concentration on your face. It’s beginning to pay off Sprout and your writings coming on a treat! - Nina Callow 

Walk by faith, not by sight. - Michelle L Morris