a happy you…..

Posted on October 13, 2010

Nathan was the first baby I loved. My brother is almost 9 years older than I am and he was married and starting a family before I was out of high school. Nathan was born when I was seventeen.  I can picture myself standing in my teenage bedroom bouncing, swaying and shushing him to sleep as he snuggled into my shoulder. He is sixteen, soon to be seventeen now and I wonder how the world could have changed so quickly. Lucky for me, he came to visit for a week this summer. I caught a glimpse of what my future holds with three boys of my own. I am thankful I have gotten to watch him mature and it somehow makes each stage of motherhood a little less scary because he has gone before my own.

Markus is nine-months older than my oldest son Keith. He was born just as I was getting used to the idea of the miracle of a baby in our life. Markus spent a week with us this summer too. (Not the same week as his brother) Markus was a perfect fit around here. He and all of my boys played hard from dawn till dark giggling, running and wrestling each other. I wish he could live down the street so they could play together all the time.

They didn’t get to where they are without their parents. Which is really the reason I am writing this post. Their  mama, Dayleen celebrates a birthday today. I am ALWAYS late in sending her a birthday gift. I feel awful and often blame it on the Columbus Day postal holiday but the truth is I just always want to get her the perfect gift to show her how much I truly love her and enjoy her company. So, I started early this year. Happy you, Dayleen! (Happy you is the way Keith used to tell people happy birthday when he began to talk. It stuck like glue and happy you now means happy birthday or our gift to you at the Blau haus.)

Time, treasure and talent. These are the things we are supposed to share with the world. With each other. So when her boys came to visit this summer, I photographed them. I spent most of my time enjoying them but for a few minutes I stopped time so that she can remember her boys as they are now. Stopping time. Thank goodness we have photographs to save little moments of our lives for safe keeping.











What a privilege it was to spend a little time with these two young women. I am in shock that they have become young women. Andrea and Juliet, when did it happen? It just can’t be. I don’t feel a day older than I did when you were babies. Really. I was only a little younger than they are when they were born. 

I wish there would have been more time during our visit. I long to know more about your lives and your dreams. I feel like I got a glimpse. I wish there was a full day of getting to know each other again. 
 I have always felt a connection to them I can’t explain. It could be that they are the daughters of two wonderfully talented and kind people. It could be my longing to tell everyone’s story through photographs. It could be the amazing music they write and perform. I hope someday to have another opportunity to share some time with them. It is a gift to me to look upon them and gather, mold and capture a small piece of who they are right now.
Here’s to all your future holds Andrea and Juliet. May you be graced with beautiful venues, creative spirits and all the love a heart can hold.