Well, fall is here. The weather was in the fifties here in Tennessee and there was quite a bite to the wind, so naturally my family decided that today was a perfect day to get a family photo. I am blessed to have an awesome photographer for my sister-in-law.
So, out in the fields we trod. Packing old benches, chairs, and coats. And a few clicks, and a few degrees later, we have a family photo.
We clean up pretty good.
Looking through my collection of family photos thought has made me a little sad. Where have my little kids gone? Ella stands at my shoulder and borrowed my shirt for this picture. (Not to mention the breakdown I had over trying to teach her how to shave her legs…) Cord, at four, stands to my waist. Least you think I am overly worried, I am 5’11” tall. No more little babies for me.
But, with the sad thoughts, comes the realization that I am loving the young people my kids are becoming. Ella has to write a speech for 4-H and we were brainstorming topics. She came up with a speech about Abraham Lincoln, because “he did so many good things for the country”, or a persuasive speech about why kids her age should read more.
Brie, spent the drive home from church telling us about her most recent “lock down drill” at school. She is quite the little charmer and if her charms fail then she can always whine about it. But you should hear my husband and I telling the kids about what to do if someone ever were to start shooting in their school.
Cord is in Pre-K this year, and as of yet I have not had to go to school on his behalf. He has charmed the teachers and kids alike. He seems to have a “best buddy” every where we go. I am amazed at how good he is doing with letters, writing, and counting.
Also in our photo is “Mama Jo and Pa Roy”. They have been like another set of parents to me for the last sixteen years. They watch my kids, sometimes for days on end if needed, with no complaints. They have also had to put up with my schedule changes. I don’t think I am the easiest type of daughter-in-law they could have ask for.
Rounding out my family, are Jason, Amy, and Will. As Brie will tell you Aunt Amy has the best jobs. She is a teacher, so is Jason, and she gets off at 3pm and has state insurance. Those are the main reasons Brie is leaning towards teaching instead of medicine, because she can certainly tell you how often her Mommy is not there. I think the child may be on to something. Amy and Jason run a photography business and you can see some of their work on Facebook at Dodson Imaging or at their own site Dodson Imaging
See how much we grew since last Christmas.
Or even since two summers ago.
Or from Christmas2010
Or when Brian won an award in 2009
Or in Christmas 2009
Or in a spring farm photo in 2008
Or in the summer of 2004
Life is time and time is best spent with family.