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New Post has been published on http://www.thewildchildphotography.com/learn-to-use-your-fancy-camera/Learn to use your fancy camera!
We know you own one… well… or you want to! But do you know how to get that fancy camera off of the “Little green box” or “P” mode? If you have a fancy camera and are tiered of letting it make the decisions on your final exposure (ok, in simple terms, you don’t know why your kids look too dark and the background is so bright, or why your image is out of focus, or the basketball court didn’t look as orange in person as my photos do) WE CAN HELP YOU.   You made a big purchase, and we can help you use it to the fullest of it’s ability.
So, are you ready to learn with Amy and Kim? And have fun??   Here are the details….
Private lessons with us (Kim and Amy) for 2 hours.
We will cover the exposure triangle (knowing all about aperture, shutter-speed, and ISO), semi-manual shooting modes, exposure compensation, ISO, White balance and what ever else we can pack in to two hours. We also take to the busy streets and do everything you just learned to get you used to using these settings and knowing your camera well enough to change them quickly. You can take this mentoring class alone for $160, with a friend for $240 (120 each), or with a couple friends for $300 ($100 each!!) We will be spending a lot of time learning your camera so we decided that it had to be less then three.  We can work with your schedule as well and work out a time that is best for everyone.
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One Student $160.00 USDTwo Students $240.00 USDThree Students $300.00 USD


***What this class is NOT. We are NOT training professional photographers. Photography is FUN, we want everyone to be able to take great pictures at home as an enjoyable hobby. This is also how we make our living, so if you have a photography business, or are starting a photography business we can’t help ya.  It wouldn’t make sense. 
****This is not an editing class. We don’t talk about Photoshop and Lightroom in this class. That would be another bazillion hours… and getting it right in the camera eliminates editing in Photoshop or other editing program for your hobby needs. 
Jul 16, 2014

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Learn to use your fancy camera!

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We know you own one… well… or you want to! But do you know how to get that fancy camera off of the “Little green box” or “P” mode? If you have a fancy camera and are tiered of letting it make the decisions on your final exposure (ok, in simple terms, you don’t know why your kids look too dark and the background is so bright, or why your image is out of focus, or the basketball court didn’t look as orange in person as my photos do) WE CAN HELP YOU. :) You made a big purchase, and we can help you use it to the fullest of it’s ability.

So, are you ready to learn with Amy and Kim? And have fun?? :) Here are the details….

Private lessons with us (Kim and Amy) for 2 hours.

We will cover the exposure triangle (knowing all about aperture, shutter-speed, and ISO), semi-manual shooting modes, exposure compensation, ISO, White balance and what ever else we can pack in to two hours. We also take to the busy streets and do everything you just learned to get you used to using these settings and knowing your camera well enough to change them quickly. You can take this mentoring class alone for $160, with a friend for $240 (120 each), or with a couple friends for $300 ($100 each!!) We will be spending a lot of time learning your camera so we decided that it had to be less then three.  We can work with your schedule as well and work out a time that is best for everyone.


Options




***What this class is NOT. We are NOT training professional photographers. Photography is FUN, we want everyone to be able to take great pictures at home as an enjoyable hobby. This is also how we make our living, so if you have a photography business, or are starting a photography business we can’t help ya.  It wouldn’t make sense.

****This is not an editing class. We don’t talk about Photoshop and Lightroom in this class. That would be another bazillion hours… and getting it right in the camera eliminates editing in Photoshop or other editing program for your hobby needs. 

New Post has been published on http://www.thewildchildphotography.com/she-will-lead-and-i-will-follow/She will Lead and I will followIt amazes me how fast children’s babble turns into real language and even clever language. My youngest is funny and pretty cleaver… I mean really clever.  As we were out walking today she said, ” I will lead you will walk behind me.”. As we set out to explore the forest she has no fear or hesitation. Just straight ahead ambition.  All of my kids are so similar and different at the same time. I see the same mannerisms and sayings. At the same time where one is cautious the other is daring, where one is dramatic the other is laid back. My littlest is daring and tenacious. She has an opinion and wants to make sure you understand it! I love exploring with her.  Our conversations are so funny as she explains the world as she sees it. I fear her teens years…. she might give me a run for my money. I hope one day she needs me to lead her again. Amy and I started The Wild Child so we could capture our kids’ lives and imaginations. I am so blessed to have so many images of and opportunities to see the world through their eyes.
Jul 11, 2014

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She will Lead and I will follow

It amazes me how fast children’s babble turns into real language and even clever language. My youngest is funny and pretty cleaver… I mean really clever.  As we were out walking today she said, ” I will lead you will walk behind me.”. As we set out to explore the forest she has no fear or hesitation. Just straight ahead ambition.  All of my kids are so similar and different at the same time. I see the same mannerisms and sayings. At the same time where one is cautious the other is daring, where one is dramatic the other is laid back. My littlest is daring and tenacious. She has an opinion and wants to make sure you understand it! I love exploring with her.  Our conversations are so funny as she explains the world as she sees it. I fear her teens years…. she might give me a run for my money. I hope one day she needs me to lead her again. Amy and I started The Wild Child so we could capture our kids’ lives and imaginations. I am so blessed to have so many images of and opportunities to see the world through their eyes.

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New Post has been published on http://www.thewildchildphotography.com/fashon-shoot/Fashon shoot…
I get these awesome and sometimes strange fashion magazines in the mail. I have no idea why I get them, but I love flipping through their glossy pages just to observe the amazing and sometimes down right creepy/strange photography. After I’ve critiqued and pondered for a bit, I toss them, and move on. Today I received one in the mail and feeling inspired took Charlotte out for a shoot. Anyway, I didn’t go a crazy trying to be weird or different, but I wanted to treat it like a fashion/model shoot in the way I composed my images.
Charlotte is a natural in front of the camera. I honestly couldn’t have had a better muse in a daughter. She loves posing and doesn’t have to be told twice when I ask her to change directions or look a different way. We have a blast shooting together, and she doesn’t turn me down very often when I ask if she wants to go take pictures. These summer nights are just beautiful lately…. I can’t resist not shooting if we don’t have a session scheduled.
This dress is from Vindie Baby. It’s the Gabriella White Lace Dress found HERE. Vindie Baby has beautiful (Photo worthy!) clothing for little girls and babies. Charlotte has nearly outgrown them and that’s so sad because maybe she isn’t gong to be a “little girl”for long. I still refuse to shop at Justice though… for a little while longer at least.   I like her looking her age… which is almost 8 years old. Not 16.  Give me (and Charlotte) lace, tulle and pastel any day over neon and spandex and we are very content. Vindie Baby is refreshingly feminine and sweet. Just like my girl.
Blackberry (the mini horse) and Red (the Rooster) were happy to be photographed along with the girl in the pretty dress. We love our mini Kansas farmstead.
Jul 9, 2014

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Fashon shoot…

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I get these awesome and sometimes strange fashion magazines in the mail. I have no idea why I get them, but I love flipping through their glossy pages just to observe the amazing and sometimes down right creepy/strange photography. After I’ve critiqued and pondered for a bit, I toss them, and move on. Today I received one in the mail and feeling inspired took Charlotte out for a shoot. Anyway, I didn’t go a crazy trying to be weird or different, but I wanted to treat it like a fashion/model shoot in the way I composed my images.

Charlotte is a natural in front of the camera. I honestly couldn’t have had a better muse in a daughter. She loves posing and doesn’t have to be told twice when I ask her to change directions or look a different way. We have a blast shooting together, and she doesn’t turn me down very often when I ask if she wants to go take pictures. These summer nights are just beautiful lately…. I can’t resist not shooting if we don’t have a session scheduled.

This dress is from Vindie Baby. It’s the Gabriella White Lace Dress found HERE. Vindie Baby has beautiful (Photo worthy!) clothing for little girls and babies. Charlotte has nearly outgrown them and that’s so sad because maybe she isn’t gong to be a “little girl”for long. I still refuse to shop at Justice though… for a little while longer at least. :) I like her looking her age… which is almost 8 years old. Not 16.  Give me (and Charlotte) lace, tulle and pastel any day over neon and spandex and we are very content. Vindie Baby is refreshingly feminine and sweet. Just like my girl.

Blackberry (the mini horse) and Red (the Rooster) were happy to be photographed along with the girl in the pretty dress. We love our mini Kansas farmstead.

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New Post has been published on http://www.thewildchildphotography.com/overwhelmed/Overwhelmed!!!!Have you ever been to a wallpaper or tile store? Maybe you have stared at blank piece of paper with so many ideas? We love choice, but sometimes too many choices is just too much. You know you want something amazing and WOW! but can’t figure out how to create it.  That is a huge reason we believe in helping you through the process of selecting images and wall designs that compliment your images and home.
Wall galleries are like outfits. You many have one or two main pieces and then you wow! them up with accessories. When we create options for you we are selecting one or two killer images and then accessorizing with the details.  When a designer comes into your home they create a polished pulled together look using layers of texture, size, and color. We do the exact same thing.  If you are a client it takes a little more effort on your part to come in to meet with us but we know the benefit of creating a wall gallery you love is well worth the effort. Canvas for you wall is not cheap and we want you to feel confident and excited about the final product. The same is true if you are a fellow photographer..it takes more time. But imagine how overwhelmed you would be to be handed a CD of images that you don’t have a clear idea how to use.
Our goal when meeting with a client is not to sell them something they don’t want. Obviously clients who have invested time and energy into having their picture taken are not window shopping… they are wanting portraits for their home. The in person consultation is for the clients’ benefit as well as for us.
We will use our good friend Malia as a great example. Malia is a super busy doctor and mom to three four kids! wow..her schedule must be crazy! It is much easier for her to make a decision when we have created some ideas for her and gave her some direction. For the photographers out there reading this… indecision leads to no or low sales. In the past Malia would look at images on line and would become frustrated. So many options…. ahhhhhh. The first time we met in person with her, presented her with display options, and then showed her how those displays would look in her actual room was amazing. Not only did we create amazing WOW! factor displays but we were done in an hour.
Jul 7, 2014

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Overwhelmed!!!!

Have you ever been to a wallpaper or tile store? Maybe you have stared at blank piece of paper with so many ideas? We love choice, but sometimes too many choices is just too much. You know you want something amazing and WOW! but can’t figure out how to create it.  That is a huge reason we believe in helping you through the process of selecting images and wall designs that compliment your images and home.

Wall galleries are like outfits. You many have one or two main pieces and then you wow! them up with accessories. When we create options for you we are selecting one or two killer images and then accessorizing with the details.  When a designer comes into your home they create a polished pulled together look using layers of texture, size, and color. We do the exact same thing.  If you are a client it takes a little more effort on your part to come in to meet with us but we know the benefit of creating a wall gallery you love is well worth the effort. Canvas for you wall is not cheap and we want you to feel confident and excited about the final product. The same is true if you are a fellow photographer..it takes more time. But imagine how overwhelmed you would be to be handed a CD of images that you don’t have a clear idea how to use.

Our goal when meeting with a client is not to sell them something they don’t want. Obviously clients who have invested time and energy into having their picture taken are not window shopping… they are wanting portraits for their home. The in person consultation is for the clients’ benefit as well as for us.

We will use our good friend Malia as a great example. Malia is a super busy doctor and mom to three four kids! wow..her schedule must be crazy! It is much easier for her to make a decision when we have created some ideas for her and gave her some direction. For the photographers out there reading this… indecision leads to no or low sales. In the past Malia would look at images on line and would become frustrated. So many options…. ahhhhhh. The first time we met in person with her, presented her with display options, and then showed her how those displays would look in her actual room was amazing. Not only did we create amazing WOW! factor displays but we were done in an hour. OB-Playroom

New Post has been published on http://www.thewildchildphotography.com/simple/Simple…Sometimes I get lost in ideas, backdrops, wardrobe and stories… when all I need is a simple image. We call these our “safety shots” going into a session because these portraits always sell. They are focused on the eyes, and often have a smile or soft face that looks right at your soul. I am ordering these today for my living room because I love “safety shots” too.
The Wild Child Photography is all about storytelling through imagery, but we also strive to capture that simple and timeless portrait because we know mom’s (even me!) just love it. Why wouldn’t we?? It’s our soul too in that precious little face to forever cherish on the wall, or in your wallet.
Jun 17, 2014

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Simple…

Sometimes I get lost in ideas, backdrops, wardrobe and stories… when all I need is a simple image. We call these our “safety shots” going into a session because these portraits always sell. They are focused on the eyes, and often have a smile or soft face that looks right at your soul. I am ordering these today for my living room because I love “safety shots” too.

The Wild Child Photography is all about storytelling through imagery, but we also strive to capture that simple and timeless portrait because we know mom’s (even me!) just love it. Why wouldn’t we?? It’s our soul too in that precious little face to forever cherish on the wall, or in your wallet.

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New Post has been published on http://www.thewildchildphotography.com/are-your-kids-interested-in-photography/Are your kids interested in Photography?We love photography and we love that our kids love to take pictures of what they think is cool. But it can be daunting to help teach your child about how to take pictures! We created this little book that is free for your right now! It is a great beginner into filled with simple terms and easy exercises you can do with your child and some they can do by themselves. When you are done you can print their pictures and glue them in the book! We also include some printing labs we recommend!

Summer is a great time to hand your child a camera. There is beautiful warm light,  great nature to explore, and warm weather! This booklet is great for kids with point and shoot cameras or beginner DSLRs.
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Are your kids interested in Photography?

We love photography and we love that our kids love to take pictures of what they think is cool. But it can be daunting to help teach your child about how to take pictures! We created this little book that is free for your right now! It is a great beginner into filled with simple terms and easy exercises you can do with your child and some they can do by themselves. When you are done you can print their pictures and glue them in the book! We also include some printing labs we recommend!

Summer is a great time to hand your child a camera. There is beautiful warm light,  great nature to explore, and warm weather! This booklet is great for kids with point and shoot cameras or beginner DSLRs.

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New Post has been published on http://www.thewildchildphotography.com/summer-chores/Summer Chore&#8217;s!
Chore’s and summer…. I get tired of nagging, asking, raising my voice, and feeling aggravated and my darlings so it was time (a week into summer) to make some changes. I saw a friends chore chart on facebook and was inspired to get busy and make my own…. I cant stand spreadsheets, and I like to look at pretty things, so bought some metal clips and dug old pieces of trim out of the barn and made my own! For Auggie I created picture chore’s so he knows exactly what to do. They also have everyday chores that follow the daily chores and must be done as well.  At the end of the week Charlotte and Pierson earn $5.00 if they complete all of them. I think I will clip the $5 bill on Friday (pay day) Chores uncompleted one day, will follow the clip to the next day… if they don’t finish all of them, they don’t get any money. (mean mom) August ears $1.00 because his chores are easier and he doesn’t know the difference between $5 and $1.00.   I clipped their everyday chores on Sunday, but also layered it with “Day of Rest”. There are no extra chores on Sunday, but there is popcorn and Netflix, sometimes fishing and lots of relaxing! We go to church to worship our Creator (who also rested on the 7th day), eat lunch and then chill. I love Sundays!
I have a master-list for myself too, but it’s ugly so I didn’t take a picture of it. (Maybe I need to make mine pretty too and it will make me want to do them…)
Cheers to chores! I think I like my kids being a little older.
May 30, 2014 / 1 note

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Summer Chore’s!

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Chore’s and summer…. I get tired of nagging, asking, raising my voice, and feeling aggravated and my darlings so it was time (a week into summer) to make some changes. I saw a friends chore chart on facebook and was inspired to get busy and make my own…. I cant stand spreadsheets, and I like to look at pretty things, so bought some metal clips and dug old pieces of trim out of the barn and made my own! For Auggie I created picture chore’s so he knows exactly what to do. They also have everyday chores that follow the daily chores and must be done as well.  At the end of the week Charlotte and Pierson earn $5.00 if they complete all of them. I think I will clip the $5 bill on Friday (pay day) Chores uncompleted one day, will follow the clip to the next day… if they don’t finish all of them, they don’t get any money. (mean mom) August ears $1.00 because his chores are easier and he doesn’t know the difference between $5 and $1.00. :) I clipped their everyday chores on Sunday, but also layered it with “Day of Rest”. There are no extra chores on Sunday, but there is popcorn and Netflix, sometimes fishing and lots of relaxing! We go to church to worship our Creator (who also rested on the 7th day), eat lunch and then chill. I love Sundays!

I have a master-list for myself too, but it’s ugly so I didn’t take a picture of it. (Maybe I need to make mine pretty too and it will make me want to do them…)

Cheers to chores! I think I like my kids being a little older.

New Post has been published on http://www.thewildchildphotography.com/mornings-are-beautiful/Mornings are beautifulIn the morning I go to the gym at 5:30 am.. I know… but it is the only time I can go every morning. When I get home a go to my garden and check everything out. Usually around this time in the morning it is about 6:45 am. And surprisingly my kids are up and looking for me in the garden. Most days they are dressed. I know… they are crazy. On this day they were especially crazy because today was the first day of summer vacation. They should have been trying with all of their might to fight the urge to get up.
Thank goodness my daughter didn’t listen to that sleep head voice.  She got up and threw on this simple purple dress and ran outside to find me. As soon as I saw the light behind the fallen tree stump I told her to stop what she was doing, jump on the stump and wait there until I got my camera. It was so stinkin’ beautiful out. Morning light comes and goes so fast but it is so beautiful. When Amy and I have morning shoots we joke that we almost need to arrive in the dark to be ready for that moment when the light is just peeking up in the trees.  In the summer you can’t be it..beautiful light and cool damp morning air.
May 25, 2014

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Mornings are beautiful

In the morning I go to the gym at 5:30 am.. I know… but it is the only time I can go every morning. When I get home a go to my garden and check everything out. Usually around this time in the morning it is about 6:45 am. And surprisingly my kids are up and looking for me in the garden. Most days they are dressed. I know… they are crazy. On this day they were especially crazy because today was the first day of summer vacation. They should have been trying with all of their might to fight the urge to get up.

Thank goodness my daughter didn’t listen to that sleep head voice.  She got up and threw on this simple purple dress and ran outside to find me. As soon as I saw the light behind the fallen tree stump I told her to stop what she was doing, jump on the stump and wait there until I got my camera. It was so stinkin’ beautiful out. Morning light comes and goes so fast but it is so beautiful. When Amy and I have morning shoots we joke that we almost need to arrive in the dark to be ready for that moment when the light is just peeking up in the trees.  In the summer you can’t be it..beautiful light and cool damp morning air.

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New Post has been published on http://www.thewildchildphotography.com/i-needed-to-remember/I needed to rememberWhy did I pick up a camera in the first place? Last night as I was sitting watching my kids water my garden (which is code for total splash party) I realized that there are so many precious moments I have been missing that at I used to always capture. It seems that sometimes as we get caught up in props, locations, and poses. I know I have. I sometimes look at what my kids are wearing and change them before taking a picture. Or create something fun for them to do so I can have a great images…yes it is true.
But last night was just perfect. Watching my three kids play with each other was magic. Their laughter and smiles were something I didn’t want to forget. I realized this are the moments that are fleeting. These are my favorite types of images. Fun, carefree, and true to life.
May 21, 2014 / 1 note

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I needed to remember

Why did I pick up a camera in the first place? Last night as I was sitting watching my kids water my garden (which is code for total splash party) I realized that there are so many precious moments I have been missing that at I used to always capture. It seems that sometimes as we get caught up in props, locations, and poses. I know I have. I sometimes look at what my kids are wearing and change them before taking a picture. Or create something fun for them to do so I can have a great images…yes it is true.

But last night was just perfect. Watching my three kids play with each other was magic. Their laughter and smiles were something I didn’t want to forget. I realized this are the moments that are fleeting. These are my favorite types of images. Fun, carefree, and true to life.

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New Post has been published on http://www.thewildchildphotography.com/a-letter-to-pierson-from-mommy/A letter to Pierson from MommyPierson,
6 years old! I can’t believe you are 6. This morning you had me measure you to see how big you had grown overnight and you were amazed at the difference. Not a day goes by that you don’t make me laugh out loud. You’re innocence and inquisitiveness is so sweet and I love your many (many) questions. Just the other day you were talking with your cousin Raegan about how the chickens that had died were in hell (Woah!!!). I overheard and said “Pierson they aren’t in hell, they just aren’t alive anymore, animals don’t go to hell.” You replied “But mom, you threw them in the brush pile to burn, so they will be in hell.” Oh my. That started a long bedtime conversation that I think (hope!!) a lot of good came from. You are very literal. I hope that I am giving you good answers and that you never quit asking and learning. God has great big plans for you, I just know it. Daily I wonder what kind of man you will become. You love learning, you are a leader with your siblings and highly opinionated. We are learning (slowly) how to calm your fears and woe’s and you have truly challenged us to become better parents, and better people.
When you were a baby I cried, a lot. From day one in the hospital I knew….. deep inside I knew, that you would challenge me. You didn’t stop screaming (crying) for 18 months and woke me up for a year in the middle of the night to nurse sometimes multiple times at an age that you should have been sleeping all night, and letting me sleep too. You demanded a lot of your mommy, and tested our boundaries constantly. Ages 1-3 were tough years… in fact when I found out you were going to have a little brother I feared that I would have another tough little boy. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to handle another Pierson because you were more then enough. I feared that you would be too jealous of a new baby and wouldn’t want to share my time with him, and what if he was a crier like you? You surprised me though, you loved him as much as I did and you started to be more content and gentle. Every time I am worried about how you will handle a new situation (You really don’t like new things.) you shocked me with how brave you really were.
You are still intense, and I think that you always will be. That’s just you and I love you for it. Things are either black or white with you, and you stand up for what you believe is correct no matter what. You never worry what people will think of you (if only I could be like you!) and you have no idea how to whisper or talk in a quiet voice. Maybe you will make a good lawyer, or police officer? I can’t wait to see what God has in store because you are a mighty boy.
Writing this letter has brought me to tears. I can’t believe how far we’ve come together. I’ve loved you from the beginning, and you have taught me so much about love these first 6 years.
Today you asked for home-made cinnamon rolls for breakfast, and steak for supper. The days of asking for chicken strips and mac and cheese for your birthday dinner might be behind us. You’ve got excellent taste though… I love steak!
My prayer for you is that you will learn to love God with the intensity I know you can, that you grow as a leader and that you are gentle when you disagree but still firm when someone is unjust. I can’t wait to see you grow even more this year. I love you my son… more then you can even imagine.
Love,
Mommy

Our first picture together. I was shocked at this point that I had been carrying a 9.4 oz 22 inch long baby. I was so happy you were healthy and big with an even bigger personality I would soon discover.

I am your parent you are my child
I am your quiet place, you are my wild

am your calm face, you are my giggle
I am your wait, you are my wiggle
I am your audience, you are my clown
I am your London Bridge, you are my falling down
I am your Carrot Sticks, you are my licorice
I am your dandelion, you are my first wish

I am your water wings, you are my deep
I am your open arms, you are my running leap
I am your way home, you are my new path
I am your dry towel, you are my wet bath
I am your dinner you are my chocolate cake

I am your bedtime, you are my wide awake
I am your finish line, you are my race
I am your praying hands, you are my saving grace
 (Quote by one of our favorite bedtime books by author Maryann Cusimano Love)

 
May 13, 2014

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A letter to Pierson from Mommy

Pierson,

6 years old! I can’t believe you are 6. This morning you had me measure you to see how big you had grown overnight and you were amazed at the difference. Not a day goes by that you don’t make me laugh out loud. You’re innocence and inquisitiveness is so sweet and I love your many (many) questions. Just the other day you were talking with your cousin Raegan about how the chickens that had died were in hell (Woah!!!). I overheard and said “Pierson they aren’t in hell, they just aren’t alive anymore, animals don’t go to hell.” You replied “But mom, you threw them in the brush pile to burn, so they will be in hell.” Oh my. That started a long bedtime conversation that I think (hope!!) a lot of good came from. You are very literal. I hope that I am giving you good answers and that you never quit asking and learning. God has great big plans for you, I just know it. Daily I wonder what kind of man you will become. You love learning, you are a leader with your siblings and highly opinionated. We are learning (slowly) how to calm your fears and woe’s and you have truly challenged us to become better parents, and better people.

When you were a baby I cried, a lot. From day one in the hospital I knew….. deep inside I knew, that you would challenge me. You didn’t stop screaming (crying) for 18 months and woke me up for a year in the middle of the night to nurse sometimes multiple times at an age that you should have been sleeping all night, and letting me sleep too. You demanded a lot of your mommy, and tested our boundaries constantly. Ages 1-3 were tough years… in fact when I found out you were going to have a little brother I feared that I would have another tough little boy. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to handle another Pierson because you were more then enough. I feared that you would be too jealous of a new baby and wouldn’t want to share my time with him, and what if he was a crier like you? You surprised me though, you loved him as much as I did and you started to be more content and gentle. Every time I am worried about how you will handle a new situation (You really don’t like new things.) you shocked me with how brave you really were.

You are still intense, and I think that you always will be. That’s just you and I love you for it. Things are either black or white with you, and you stand up for what you believe is correct no matter what. You never worry what people will think of you (if only I could be like you!) and you have no idea how to whisper or talk in a quiet voice. Maybe you will make a good lawyer, or police officer? I can’t wait to see what God has in store because you are a mighty boy.

Writing this letter has brought me to tears. I can’t believe how far we’ve come together. I’ve loved you from the beginning, and you have taught me so much about love these first 6 years.

Today you asked for home-made cinnamon rolls for breakfast, and steak for supper. The days of asking for chicken strips and mac and cheese for your birthday dinner might be behind us. You’ve got excellent taste though… I love steak!

My prayer for you is that you will learn to love God with the intensity I know you can, that you grow as a leader and that you are gentle when you disagree but still firm when someone is unjust. I can’t wait to see you grow even more this year. I love you my son… more then you can even imagine.

Love,

Mommy

Our first picture together. I was shocked at this point that I had been carrying a 9.4 oz 22 inch long baby. I was so happy you were healthy and big with an even bigger personality I would soon discover.

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I am your parent you are my child
I am your quiet place, you are my wild

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am your calm face, you are my giggle
I am your wait, you are my wiggle
I am your audience, you are my clown
I am your London Bridge, you are my falling down
I am your Carrot Sticks, you are my licorice
I am your dandelion, you are my first wish

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I am your water wings, you are my deep
I am your open arms, you are my running leap
I am your way home, you are my new path
I am your dry towel, you are my wet bath
I am your dinner you are my chocolate cake

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I am your bedtime, you are my wide awake
I am your finish line, you are my race
I am your praying hands, you are my saving grace

(Quote by one of our favorite bedtime books by author Maryann Cusimano Love)