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Letters to Our Children – March

Some friends and I are writing letters to our children in a monthly blog circle! After you read mine, click here to check out my friend Jennifer’s letter next. If you click through each letter, you’ll eventually find yourself right back here!

dear emily,

Hello my sweet girl! It’s March, which means that winter is almost over and spring is almost here. Of course, here in Pennsylvania, you never know how long winter is going to hold on. As I write this, we are expecting another 3 inches of snow tomorrow  – and it’s the first day of spring.  :/  So we wait.  You are definitely looking forward to spring. You and your brother have enjoyed the few days that it’s been mild enough to head outside to play.

Daddy and I have been very busy getting ready to rent our house and move in to a new house!  I can’t wait until we have a nice yard for you to play in! One thing (amidst the many) that you are very good at, is sports. You love soccer and you can hit a baseball better than most kids twice your age!  I hope that in the fall we can get you enrolled on a real soccer or baseball team. Right now you participate in Soccer Shots, which is great for kids and teaches a lot of the basic skills in a fun way.  You are very competitive, but you’re also a good sport. I think you’ll be a great teammate!

This month, I decided to try something a little different for your pictures. Usually I shoot in a documentary style to try to capture life like it is.  But this month I wanted to showcase “The Many Moods of Emily”! Hahaha! I love to watch your facial expressions.  So last night I set up a little mini-studio in the living room to try to capture your adorable mien. (I should mention that I don’t have studio lighting so this was a pretty amateur setup involving a lamp with the shade off and some hanging blankets!) Here we can see Happy Emily, Sad Emily, Angry Emily, Suspicious Emily, Funny Emily, Sleepy Emily, and Sweet Emily.  Of course, this is only a fraction of the emotions we see from you.  Some days I’m amazed at the depth of your emotions.  Between the dregs of winter and the upheaval of packing, you’ve been on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster recently.  You’ve been complaining of various maladies over the last few weeks.  The number one complaint is that your stomach hurts.  Usually your stomach starts hurting as soon as Mommy or Daddy are about to drop you off somewhere, and usually stops hurting as soon as something fun piques your interest 😉 I think you might be having a little anxiety over the coming changes. These next few months will probably be difficult, but you’re a strong girl with a strong mind and I know we’ll get through it together!

Hopefully the next time I write to you it will be from a new home!

Love always,

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  • Kari - Oh goodness, Terri, this series is divine! She does have personality, and her eyes are so soulful. Great “amateur” set-up – I would have never guessed! I love the dramatic side light. Good luck with the coming changes.ReplyCancel

    • Terri Collins - Thanks so much, Kari!! I just bought a softbox and plan to play around with more lighting set ups and off camera flash! So exciting!ReplyCancel