JULI JONES, GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
When I look back on these photographs, these memories…our stories, I'm first of all, thankful that I get to be their mama and live out these days with them but secondly, I'm so thankful I've chosen to live with my eyes open so-to-speak. To see and record the beauty of our everyday normal but oh so extraordinary life. It's a priceless gift to me and I pray that it will be for them as well.
Her six word story: Her Father's love was finally understood.
SUMMER KELLOGG, GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Some moments do not need words. I’ll only say this—I am so proud of who you are and who you are becoming.
ALLISON WAKEN, GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
"The best camera is the one you have with you". That quote is definitely true for this photo. We had just started to let my oldest son play with an old iPhone so he was taking pictures of everything (like his mom). We were up North for a day trip and had decided on a restaurant based on online reviews and their ability to accommodate our food allergies. Once the pizza came out he said "Wait! I have to take a picture first!" Getting into the position I often find myself in. I couldn't help but laugh and get my phone out to take a quick photo before the moment passed.
Her six word story : You could feel happiness and love.
ALL FOR THE MEMORIES
ALL FOR THE BOYS
ALI DECK, GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
They make me laugh. They make me cry, and all three of them make me wish it was 5 o'clock on many days. However, these are our memories, and I know that all too soon they will be no more. No more whining, no more toys and no more noise. This is when I stop and really breathe them in. I take in the moments because they are all just moments that will fade to grey...and all that is left is that image.
Her six word story : adventure . love . family . all that matters.
DONYA LUANA, GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
These every day moments are the ones that are most special to me. The face you made as you stuffed McDonalds pancakes into your mouth. Your enthusiastic wave as you closed the door on your *own* special cubby. I'm amazed every day at the tiniest stories I witness and I hope someday they're just as special to you.
AMY NOWAK, GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Often times I will hear moms say that they just want to keep their kids young, cute, and innocent. I admit I use to say those things as well. Then you started getting much older. I hesitated to take my camera out as much to capture you. Quickly, I realized that if I didn’t photograph you just because you were getting older and not doing the “cute” things anymore, that I would be missing one of the most important times of your life. You may be growing up and walking away towards more and more independence, but the fact that I get to be here and witness it is a true gift. Right before my eyes, you are growing into the man you will become.
Her six word story : Watching them grow is a gift.
APRIL BURNS, GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
I see your reflection as it ripples in the water and I see the beauty. You are innocent, outgoing, ornery and gorgeous. I love the way that you play in the water with your brother and copy his every move. May you grow and continue to be sincere, humble, sweet, forgiving, tender, and loving.
Her six word story : I see the beauty of you.
LIZ LABIANCA, GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
He is my joy. As he grows and embraces his independence, I find myself watching him from the shadows - because in the end - he is my light. He is my boy.