letters to our daughters / april 2012

 I’m so very excited and extremely nervous about this new project that I’m taking on today.

When my friend Amy Lucy contacted me a few months ago inviting me to join her in a new project she had in mind and told me what it was all about I fell instantly in love with it. She explained me that the project consisted in that once a month we would write a letter to our daughter/s and share it along with at least one photo of them. Even though I LOVED her idea I wasn’t sure if I should join just because my writing skills aren’t all that exciting, and even less so when writing in English which is not my first language. But after thinking about it for a while I realized that this was actually more of a gift to my daughters and myself and that I was going to be writing with my heart and that’s what mattered. So after a day or two I wrote back to her with a big fat YES!

Here I am, scared to death to put so many feelings and thoughts out to the world but super happy that my daughters and I now have this as one of the many letters to come that will be treasured by all 4 of us for ever.

I’m also so excited for all the wonderful & talented women that are a part of this project. Some of them I already knew and admired and some others were new to me until a few weeks ago when Amy introduced us all. Each and every one of them blew my mind with their photography, life stories and the beautiful families they have. This is such a diverse group of women who shares two very strong passions: Motherhood & Photography.

Make sure you follow the circle around and visit each one of them. You’ll find a link to the next person at the bottom of each letter.

I took this image a couple of days ago. I had in mind a picture of them hugging to share for this post. The light was beautiful so we went down to our back alley but it turned out that the last thing they wanted to do was to hug. They usually hug a lot but they can’t stand being asked for it,  so after a bit of  begging from my part I gave up and let them be.

Instead of being in front of the camera they wanted to run around, find treasures, blow dandelions, look at themselves in puddles, pick flowers and all the things little girls like to do. So I stood back and documented some of those moments.

This particular image inspired me for today’s letter.

 

Dear Lola & Oli:

This is my first of many letters to come (or at least that’s my plan). You both know I’m not much of a writer and more of a sayer or doer. I know that you Lola will most likely get annoyed by my grammar mistakes but I also know that you’ll get over it and that one day you’ll enjoy reading these.

Last night while Papa was out of town and you girls fell asleep in my bed with me in the middle, I kept thinking about how lucky you girls are to have each other.

I enjoy beyond words seeing the relationship you have. I know I get frustrated with how much you guys get on each other’s nerves but am slowly learning and understanding that that’s part of how siblings interact; you love each other dearly and two seconds later you don’t even want to look at each other’s faces. I’m learning all this with you girls. I’m experiencing through you two, in a second hand kind of way, what having a sibling means. It’s way more incredible than I have ever imagined, and we know that imagination is usually more extreme than reality but in this case reality exudes it.

I love that you, Lola, always make sure that Olivia learns something new. I love how you made her fall in love with ballet with your “Thursday Ballet classes” that you used to do for her at home when she was still too young to attend her class. I love how when she’s sad (even if she’s sad cause of a fight between you two), you get sad as well and want to make sure she feels better soon. I love how you play school and turn her step stool into a school desk that’s just so perfect for her size. I love that you think she has an accent instead of her just mispronouncing some words cause she’s still young. I love how you try to make her get into speaking Spanish even though she’s not really interested. I LOVE when you speak in Spanish to me, and I love that you know that if you want something and you ask in Spanish I can’t say no. I love how you laugh at her jokes (they are so good, I admit). I love the way you look at each other when you are about to get into something mischievous together. I love when you read to her in such an animated way. I love that you include Olivia in your games and playdates. I just love the little Mommy you have in you.

I love when you, Olivia, call Lola sissy, I LOVE when first thing in the morning you open your eyes and ask “Where is Lola? or Where is my sissy?” and run to her and you both cuddle together and she reads to you. I love how you are always so cool being carried along to every activity Lola has. I love the way you look at her. I love that you know you are mischievous and you love it when we tell you that you are. I love how patient you are. I love that you know how to ask for space when you need it. I love that you are the little sister and you love it. I love how you know all the squirm songs to perfection just by hearing Lola sing them over and over while she was practicing for the play and I love that if I sing along and mistake a word you correct me cause you know it that well. I love your dance moves baby girl, especially the one that you start with both hands up on your head and go down while shaking your booty. I love that you love and admire Lola’s friends and that you fit right in with them. I love what an awesome little sis you are.

 

There are so many things I love about you girls and your sisterhood and I’ll make sure to keep writing about them cause I don’t want to ever forget any of these little details that fill my heart and soul every day.

 

I love you both to pieces and more.

Las amo!

 

Mama

 

Make sure to follow the whole circle and get to “meet” every one of these beautiful girls. Please start with Sarah Cornish | Colorado photographer

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Life with Kaishon - April 25, 2012 - 8:55 am

Absolutely breathtakingly beautiful.

Amy Lucy - April 25, 2012 - 8:57 am

Oh Miss Valeria! You shared your heart here and I can feel that in every word. Your thoughts and memories are beautifully conveyed in your image and your words. I am always so inspired by you! xoxo

Kirsty-Abu Dhabi - April 25, 2012 - 9:13 am

Oh how I love your observations on your girls; on their interactions; on their personalities and on their love for each other – and your image.. it’s just breathtaking Val x

amy grace - April 25, 2012 - 10:07 am

the photo is just perfect, and the words are so perfectly drenched in love…

Emily - April 25, 2012 - 10:45 am

What a sweet letter and sweet girls.

Jessica Deane - April 25, 2012 - 10:48 am

Beautiful! U guys totally should have let me join! I would have LOVED doing this.

Jody - April 25, 2012 - 10:54 am

Valeria, I love that the girls didn’t hug–this photo is just perfect and so timeless. It could have been taken today or a hundred years ago. As a sister myself and the mother of two, I think your words perfectly describe the relationship between sisters. It’s such a special relationship and you captured it so well.

Julia - April 25, 2012 - 12:04 pm

That image takes my breath away, and you clearly haven’t given yourself enough credit for your writing abilities. Your letter is beautiful and I know it will be a treasure to your girls. Love being a part of this with you :)

Laurie - April 25, 2012 - 12:46 pm

OH- wonderful letter. I have always wanted to do this for the kids regularly– and have failed miserably. Thanks for bringing it top of mind again! And, the same concept works for sons too :)

Rashmi - April 25, 2012 - 4:09 pm

Valeria (or should I call you Val?), what a beautiful photograph and letter. I giggled in some bits because the relationship your girls share is so similar to the ones my girls share.. down to the stepstool being used as a student desk! I am so full of joy to have met you because of this special project. I really look forward to seeing your letter next month. xoxo

stephanie beaty - April 25, 2012 - 6:37 pm

Adore your words and mama’s perspective. so down-to-earth. so real and full of love.

Madame Garburn - April 26, 2012 - 2:53 am

This is very beautiful, you made me cry!
With much love from Spain :)
Maria

Emma Wood - April 26, 2012 - 4:33 am

Oh my goodness, this gave me goosebumps. You have the most wonderful way with words, with drawing us in and allowing us to see a little slice of your life with your wonderful daughters. Thank you so much for sharing this, I feel honoured to be included in this project with you. <3

Lu - April 26, 2012 - 9:39 am

:’(…I love how you describe such an amazing feeling in some lines!!!..It must be the power of love!! and the magic that your girls have!!!….Estaré pendiente de la proxima cartaaa!!!..muaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Libertad Leal - April 26, 2012 - 1:03 pm

Oh Val, this made me cry big fat tears. I could have written this letter. I am an only child and just like you I am taking great pleasure experiencing sisterhood through my daughters, it’s something so magical, so special. I feel so lucky. My oldest also knows that she can get pretty much anything she wants if she asks in Spanish (that made me chuckle). This was truly touching and such a wonderful gift to them. Thank you for sharing. Oh and the photo is breathtaking.

Pati - April 26, 2012 - 5:34 pm

Generalmente me llegan los correos de tus actualizaciones mientras estoy en la oficina, por eso aunque veo tus fotos SIEMPRE, no siempre puedo decirte cuanto me gustan, me conmueven y me inspiran. Hoy, cuando leí las primeras lineas me detuve en seco porque conozco bien ese apretón de garganta y el ardor en los ojos que precede una buena llorada…

Mi madre me escribió una carta en su aniversario 80, son cosas cotidianas como las que compartes con Lola y Olivia, pero para mi significan tanto. Ojala que puedas continuar con esta nueva aventura por muchos anios porque -entre muchas otras buenas razones- tus hijas tendrán a la mano tus pensamientos de mujer joven que ira evolucionando con el tiempo; eventualmente las leerán cuando tengan la edad que tu tienes hoy y mas allá y estoy segura de que serán uno de los mejores regalos de sus vidas.

Totalmente conmovida… buenas noches Valeria.

Sarah Cornish - May 2, 2012 - 12:10 pm

Oh Val. I feel like I know your girls just from reading this all. I am so completely touched and love that you are really taking time to do this. I LOVE your work so much and am so excited to follow you. And how sweet you decided to write about their relationship. They really will look back on this some day and treasure it more then they could ever realize now. LOVE their names too!!

luli - June 13, 2012 - 5:38 pm

Llore!!!!! Hermosa cartaaaa

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