letters to our daughters – may

This is my eighth month writing letters to Abby…
My wonderful friends and I  are writing letters — letters to express our love, talk through our struggles, and create a memory for our daughters.

Check out previous month’s letters

Please visit my friend, Sarah, next, and read her May letter to her sweet daughter

Time is moving at an alarming rate.  April and May have been so incredibly busy and I have found myself going through an entire day without sitting to just spend time with you.  That’s something I’m forcing from this day on – no matter how many projects I have going on, to just simply be with you.  This is your last week of preschool and I’m not quite sure how we are here already.  Your ‘final’ bulletin board went up outside your classroom, announcing your school for next year.  I got teared up and even telling Daddy about it, tears came to my eyes.  You are scared, you’ve told me.  You haven’t said it in those words, but you’ve mentioned that you’d rather not “learn to read” and to stay at school with your teachers and friends… there were a few tears involved.   However, it’s time for the next step.  Just a few short months away and you will begin Kindergarten.  A little fish in a big school.  I’m going to have to pull out my bravest face because I will most certainly be an emotional mama.  You are ready, sweetiepie.  Completely ready.


May 14, 2014 - 2:45 am

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May 15, 2014 - 9:07 am

Nancy LaCroix - My sweet Melissa, As I read this it brought back all my memories of getting ready to send you off to Kindergarten. As my tears flow I can tell you that it is not easy sending your first child out from under your wings. I know you feel that the world is scary out there and it can be but believe in yourself that you have done everything you can to prepare both of you for this moment. Yes, time goes fast but to watch them grow and become more than you could ever imagine is the best and most rewarding gift of all. I am extremely proud of you and your accomplishments! Abby and Owen couldn’t ask for a better mother. I watch you with them and can only say how proud I am of you. You my dear are a wonderful Mom!!
Love you baby,
Your Momma

May 16, 2014 - 6:52 am

Sue Stottmann - Melissa, I agree wholeheartedly with your mom! One thing I did with the boys (back when we all only took a few;-), was taking a picture of them on the way out the door their first day of kindergarten and the last day of school as a senior in high school! Enjoy every precious moment as you know, it will fly by! So proud of the job you and Ryan are doing raising such sweet kiddos!

May 31, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Sarah Vaughn - Sooo beautiful! I adore these images and your sentiments. My girl is the same age – what a big milestone it is. For your girl and for you.

letters to our daughters – april

This is my seventh month writing letters to Abby…
My wonderful friends and I  are writing letters — letters to express our love, talk through our struggles, and create a memory for our daughters.

Check out previous month’s letters

Please visit my friend, Kellie, next, and read her April letter to her sweet daughter

Every single month you are growing and changing at an enormous rate.  This month, you have decided that you would like to dress yourself.  On Saturday morning you came rushing in, completely dressed, announcing that “TODAY IS A YELLOW DAY!”  The ‘pattern’ day was one of your more interesting ones, for sure.  You claim that you feel like “such a big girl” when you do this.

Slowly, you are becoming a kid instead of a small child.  There are many days that you sit on the couch and draw for hours.  The drawings are so incredibly intricate and every detail is just so.  My pens have been disappearing at an alarming rate and we have come across piles of them in your baskets.  Pen, marker, paint and glue are constantly covering your hands and there is typically some sort of color on your cheek or nose from a marker that got loose.


April 9, 2014 - 4:53 pm

Kellie - Oh, she is a girl after my own heart! I often spent my days covered in paint/marker/glue/glitter. And, as an art teacher of kindergarteners and first graders, not much has changed…haha! She is so so sweet and I am sure that when she becomes a terrific artist someday she will cherish these images <3

April 10, 2014 - 11:56 am

caroline - Aw!!! She is so adorable! I love this series. I love the way her hair is blowing in the last image–so pretty!!

April 15, 2014 - 5:31 pm

Mickie - Awe such a sweet letter for a sweet girl! This age is so fun! I just adore that last image!

April 28, 2014 - 11:26 pm

Sarah Vaughn - Oh these are so precious. I just love how you capture your sweet girl and daily life. My Sofie loves art so much as well.

baby liam

Sleep sweet baby. Sleep.
For tomorrow is filled with adventures to be had.
You will be older and wiser.
For today will be a fine memory.
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letters to our daughters march

This is my sixth month of writing letters to Abby…
My wonderful friends and I  are writing letters — letters to express our love, talk through our struggles, and create a memory for our daughters.

Check out previous month’s letters

Please visit my friend, Mickie, next and read her March letter to her sweet daughter

You’ve recently decided that you need ‘break’ and time alone by yourself. I can completely understand these feelings and craving time to yourself, however, I didn’t think this would begin so soon… isn’t this something that teenagers need? Your ability to regulate, name, and pinpoint your feelings and then to modify them and recognize the need to slow down and rationally ‘tak a break’ is amazing to me.  You are only five, but I catch glimpses of the girl you are becoming.

We had to go to the doctor last week and I kept the visit a secret until the final moment.  You were initially so incredibly overtaken with panic.  However, you began to think through everything with only limited guidance from me.  You explained to both me, yourself, and your brother that, though you were scared, you also recognized the reason and need to for the doctor visit and continued to explain how important it is to go to the doctor when healthy to keep you from getting sicker.  Amazing.  Many adults can’t put these concepts together.

I love watching you unfold.

one of your string creations…
made using a shoelace and our barstool on a snowy day

home | of love, light and film

It’s film circle time!
Our film theme for this month is HOME…

After visiting my blog, continue the circle and check out Mandy Haber’s “Home” Film Share


Here is the funny thing about film….
You have to wait. And wait. And wait.
To see your images.  You forget what happened.
The weather is warm today, yet, it’s the first time I’ve gotten to
see the images from the day we lost power.
I kept a fire going (for the second time in my life), we made a fire, and I stayed as calm
as I possibly could.  It was kind of neat to be ‘stuck’.
We were warm.
We cuddled.
We made our Valentines.
It was a fun memory (until we lost light and I started to lose my patience a bit, ha!)

–Shot on Nikon F100 Ilford Delta 3200–
Accidentally shot at ISO 400 and pulled 1 stop (and hoped they would be ok!)


Don’t forget to continue the circle and check out Mandy Haber’s “Home” Film Share!

March 12, 2014 - 8:35 pm

Megan Dill - These are lovely, Melissa! How wonderful that they turned out the way they did after accidentally shooting as if the film speed was 400!

March 13, 2014 - 2:40 pm

Mandy - LOVE the glimpse of your snow day! I especially love the ones of the blanket fort!