The last 24 months have probably been the most busy, the most fulfilling and the most challenging months of my life. Someday I will share more thoughts about what God has taught me in these last 2 years….
Last week, my oldest daughter, my second born child moved away from home.
We as parents spend so much time telling our kids what to do, how to do it…how to make wise choices, how to pray, how to love God and serve others. We try to cram enough wisdom and teaching into our kids in a brief 18 years to last a lifetime. Well, my sweet Isabelle moved out on her own. I am so proud of her. I am proud of her choices, her love for God and others, how she respects her parents, and her joy. I am grateful that God allowed me to be her mom.
We had originally planned to do a full blown sister photo shoot before she moved out but life happened and the shoot didn’t. So, right before my other 2 daughters and I left to head home after helping the big sister get all settled in and unpacked, the girls humored me and let me take a few pics of them. I told them I wanted them to just sit together and in 5 minutes I got these shots. They are ALWAYS cackling… seriously, they laugh so much with each other. I am so thankful for their love for one another and for their friendship. They are truly best friends and they have no idea that I am the one who benefits the most from that because I couldn’t possibly feel more blessed.
They have an older brother too who is serving in the US Coast Guard and my gosh, when the 4 of them are together, I stay in tears from laughing. They are so much fun!
These shots aren’t perfect, but they are real life. I would have loved to have had more shots of them looking at the camera so I could have frozen their faces in time but in all reality, we never sit and stare at each other. I already know where each freckle on their faces are and how their noses crinkle and their eyes squint when they smile at me so these images will be treasured forever. They will not be 15, 17 & 18 for very long and Isabelle will never have another ‘first apartment’. This day will be etched in my heart forever and I’m thankful they humored me for a few shots.
If you want to change the world, go home and love your family. ~ Mother Teresa