4th Annual Thanksgiving Gratitude Featured Post | Miller Kids

I usually leave these posts for my clients but this year I thought I'd share my own thoughts.

September 2017

September 2017

How two kids from the same parents can be so COMPLETELY different is a wonder. And you two are as beautifully different as snow and rain.

David, you are so thoughtful, kind and considerate. You are wise beyond your years, funny as can be and a joy to be around. You are like the snow: slowly and carefully drifting down, covering the land in a gentle blanket.

Sam, you, my dear, are smarter than you think you are, you are such a talented artist it blows my mind and you are sneakily funny. I could watch you work and think and create all day long. (If only you’d let me!) You are like the rain: when it rains, it pours…making the grass greener and filling up the cerulean blue oceans.

Thank you for being mine. Thank you for being you. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love you both infinitely times a million.

— Abbie Miller

4th Annual Thanksgiving Gratitude Featured Post | McKenna

Here is a letter from one truly wonderful woman to her selfless and rising-star of a daughter. To know them is an honor.

August 2017

August 2017

On one of the hottest days on record, God blessed me with the most beautiful lil’ bundle of love I could have ever imagined. I remember looking down and you thinking how could I have had ANY part in making anything so absolutely perfect in every way!?!? You make my heart smile.
The last twenty two years have brought more memories, more giggles and yea , even some tears than I ever expected! From writing your name in permanent marker in four foot letters on your babysitters living room wall, to all but shaving your eye brows off, TWICE, to developing a love for shoes that rivals Elmelda Marcos, to your love for God, to developing a heart for service, you my love, you are a keeper.
I have watched you grow from a little rotund baby with tiny cupid bow lips, to a gangly teenager with pig-tails and a mouth full of braces to a stunning beautiful young woman with a heart for serving others. In each of these stages, I was convinced I could not love you more than I did, but lo’ and behold, my love continues to grow for you.
It is a joy watching you find your purpose in life. I am so proud of all you have done and CONTINUE to do - so proud, I could just bust. As a high school senior, you brought our community together in a jean collection project supporting survivors of sexual assault. A few years later you are working to create your own nonprofit to support survivors and are in the process of creating another powerful event at Drake University on the issue of gender based violence. Your commitment to make a difference in this world inspires me. The world needs more of you McKenna!
Your light shines so bright and I am honoured to sit in its glow. The world is a better place because you are in it. I love you more than you could ever know.
McKenna you bring me joy!
— Kimberly Nerone

4th Annual Thanksgiving Gratitude Featured Post | Rauch Brothers

Welcome back to another edition of the Stories Framed Photography Gratitude Featured Posts! This is the time when YOU share YOUR words about your children, your family, your loves. 

Here are two adorable boys who are VERY loved by their amazing mom.

September 2017

September 2017

I am so grateful, and thankful for my boys.  Matthew, my five year old, excuse me, five and a half year old (he likes to remind me), is so sweet, so funny, and seriously the best big brother anyone could hope for. He shows so much love and protectiveness to his little brother, my 10 month old, Evan. Evan is so full of curiousity, and his smile just brightens my day.  He idolizes his big brother and it’s pure joy watching them interact.  They are both my little miracles and I love them more than words could ever convey.
— Jenna Rauch

3rd Annual Thanksgiving Gratitude Featured Post | Stein Kids

As we wrap up November, the month when we traditionally express our thanks, I wanted to share this final story about a mom's gratitude for her children. We can all relate - busy schedules and loved ones near and far. 

September 2016

September 2016

My reasons...the reasons I get up at 5AM to take of my health and be a good example with a workout. The reason I scramble to finish my day in the office, so I can get to karate or soccer practice, or whatever the day has scheduled. The reason I work hard, to provide for them now and in the future. The reason I worry at night about the craziness of the world, about bullying, about being a good parent. The reason I swell with pride at small accomplishments, or belly laugh at a 6-year-old joke, or tear up at the kindness a 9-year-old can show her little brother. The reason I miss my dad so much, because he will not meet them in this life. Parenting is a roller coaster, and these two have given me the ride of my life.
— Lauren

3rd Annual Thanksgiving Gratitude Featured Post | Klug Kids

Here's another (SUPER SWEET) post from a (SUPER SWEET) portrait client. This family is so wonderful, it's no surprise that these girls are such good kids. 

July 2016

July 2016

Gemma and Gabby-

Words cannot express how grateful I am to be your mom. It has been an amazing journey so far watching you grow into yourselves and explore different avenues in life.

Gemma, you are the most creative kid I have ever met and you have already (at age 6) surpassed me in artistic/creative abilities and you impress me on a daily basis with your understanding of how things work. You can and DO turn anything and everything into art or a functional tool. The things you create bring such laughter and joy into the world. I am excited and a lot of bit terrified to see what you come up with when you figure out how to use power tools.

Gabby, you will always be the baby in this family, but you have blossomed into quite the social butterfly. You have the sweetest little giggle and smile that ask, “Will you please play with me?” I love watching you interact with other kids and seeing you (mostly) being so welcoming and accepting of everyone.

I can’t imagine my world without this happy mix of your two very different personalities and I will be forever grateful for this time I get with you! I can’t wait to see what you little ladies come up with next!