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