From the Archives:
Well, I'm catching up on blog post articles after the holidays and had to share these treasures with you. It was a pretty chilly day but this sweet family (especially their little girl wearing a dress on that cold day) were such good sports about the weather and walked around, snuggled, held hands, and made some special memories. Despite the cold weather, there is warmth of spirit! It was great to be a part of it. Read more below!
These lovely folks are Erin and Matt. They have a little boy and a little girl. I know that both Matt and Erin use their jobs and their personal gifts to help others around them. They make me think of this quote about parenting. I added the "just" to this quote. They are super examples to their children and to the community of patience and kindness.
Parents aren’t (just) the people you come from. They’re the people you want to be, when you grow up.
Little Boy Snuggles:
Erin and Matt's little boy was so shy and sweet. He actually said, "I'm being shy with her" when explaining to his parents why he wouldn't look at the camera much. It was so sweet! We were able to get some pretty sweet snuggly images with him with his parents. Isn't it wonderful when children do start to open up and share their feelings with you? How neat that he expressed his reasons with his mom and dad. Its my favorite stage!
Don't these tender moments just make you want a sweet daughter? I also love this age - and their kind daughter is about the same age as my son. He still holds my hand. He has long conversations with me - sometimes about very deep topics and sometimes about his favorite part of his new Lego Dimensions video game - but I'll take it either way. I don't know how long it will last, but I treasure it so. I know that Matt and Erin treasure it too. I loved being part of capturing this stage for them to remember forever.
That little park with the strange play-set in Hollidaysburg? That's where these photos were taken! I think people arrive there and usually focus on the beautiful rocks that are all lit up in the golden hour or on the overlook, which certainly lends itself to the sublime as well. But, the one of the great overlooked parts about this space are the ways the sunlight (when there is some!) shines through the trees and gives a golden light on a person's head or side. t has sweet little paths, picnic tables, and of course rocks to give great texture. Its also a great place to walk dogs - which was how we got this smile from their little boy! He lit up at the sight of this fluffy little white dog that came around right where I stood. Yay for dogs!
Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.