When my parents called to say the wild blackberries were ripe and ready for picking, I immediately dropped what I was doing, loaded up the boys and headed north to my parent’s land. Few things in life make me this excited! Our childhood summers were spent building forts, carving roads in the sandbox and picking the endless wild blackberries that flourished in the woods behind our house. We would pick at least a dozen large cooking pots full and our mamma would wash and freeze them by the gallon. Every Sunday lunch throughout the year was finished off with a dripping sweet blackberry pie. I can still taste those memories and begin to crave a blackberry pie around my birthday in January. I remember one solemn Sunday mother drew out the last bag of blackberries and sadly broke the news to six blackberry addicted children that this was the last pie. We all mourned that Sunday for the last of the blackberries, for the patch had long since dried up. What was left were six little people who would grow in to six grown people who still fight for the last piece of blackberry pie at family gatherings and request it for birthdays instead of cake.

As I began to fill up my basket with nostalgia and blackberries, my own little one plucked one, then another, then handfuls of the sweet little berries. He just couldn’t get enough, and that is when I knew…this child is mine.

 

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Our little fella is growing up way to fast these days. He is a baby who was born ready…to sit, to stand, to crawl, to walk. He started rolling all around the living room between four and five months, sitting to play on his own at five months, and now that he is five months, he is nearly crawling! He loves his big brother Knox and laughs at him, even when Knox is lecturing Dalton to not touch his toys. Dalton requires very little sleep, only napping for 30 minutes at a time. He loves to laugh, to be tickled and to chew on his Sophie giraffe. Dalton has been such a joy to our little family, we can’t even remember what life was like before him now!

 

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Big Brother Knox

 

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I heard once that there are great perks to being the best friend of a photographer, but you may not get your photos until Christmas. Well, the same is true if it is your own images! Our little guy is five months old now and I can’t believe I still haven’t posted his newborn photos here. I took so many photos of him over the first few weeks, that I’m still overwhelmed and have a hard time choosing the ones I want to edit. For today, I’ll share a few and hopefully add more later.

Like his big brother, Dalton was born at home assisted by two capable midwives. It was a beautiful experience that we cherish and talk about with very fond memories.

 

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Patrick & Amanda are about to give me a new nephew! My little brother has adored babies ever since I can remember. He was always the one rescuing puppies and kittens and bringing home strays. He has such a big heart for kids and has dreamed of having his own for many years. We had the amazing opportunity to go to a children’s home in Guatemala during college and I will never forget how the kids gravitated to him and how he just ate it up!  It will be so much fun to watch him become a daddy. Patrick & Amanda have been studying hard on how to be new parents are so excited to meet sweet baby Henry in June. I know she will be such a thoughtful mommy. She has been pouring her heart and soul into learning how to birth Henry naturally, how to cloth diaper and be the best mom she can.

 

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Baby Soleil is growing up so fast! She gets prettier every time I see her. And lucky me, I get to take her photos every three months.

 

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