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May 12, 2016

Mom with all three kids in Burlington, NC

Mom with all three kids in Burlington, NC

This was my first Mother’s Day being shorter than all my kids. There’s something inherently wrong with a mom having to look up to her kids to speak with them. They no longer fit into my arms. I now fit into theirs. I miss my little ones but I’m so incredibly proud of the big ones they’ve grown up to be. Sometimes it’s hard to believe they call me mom. How blessed am I?

There’s a lot of things I could have asked for for Mother’s Day, and I am getting a little tree for our backyard, but photos with my kids is pretty much the perfect gift. Since they have always lived with a camera/video happy mom, they aren’t overly excited to be photographed yet AGAIN. However, special occasions bring out their generosity of spirit and I have wonderful updated photos I will treasure my entire life.

We spent the rest of the day at my parents’ home, where my dad grilled up a wonderful steak dinner for all the moms. It was a perfect afternoon with warm breezes, sunshine, lots of laughter and love.

To all you moms out there, I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day, surrounded by those you love and who love you back. If it was a hard day, one that brought pain for whatever reason, I pray God’s grace will fill you and His love will embrace you. He sees you.
My wonderful children in Alamance Village.

It’s not often I’m happy with photos I’m in. I’m sure many of you can relate. I usually hit delete faster than you can process the photo. Haha! But, I realize how important it is to exist in photos for the sake of my kids and family. It helps when your daughter is talented with hair and makeup. She worked her wonders on me for Mother’s Day and I couldn’t have been more pleased. We all need to be pampered and feel beautiful every now and then.  When I saw this photo, I caught my breath. Me and my firstborn. The first one to call me mom. My son captured this for us. He’s a natural with the camera as well.

My favorite portrait of me and my oldest daughter taken near Alamance Village, NC.


                    My lovely Mom and I.

Celebrating my mom near downtown Burlington.Beautiful Mother's Day roses in yellow, coral and peach.


My sister-in-law with her daughter…

Mom kissing daughter on cheek near downtown Burlington, NC

and with her daughter and son!

A mom with her two kids enjoying Mother's Day near City Park in Burlington.

My lovely sister-in-law! This photo is a rare treat as she hates to be photographed!

Photo with my sister-in-law in Burlington, NC backyard.

My beautiful Grandmother and my Dad with his mom!

Me with my Grandma and my dad with his lovely mom in Burlington, NC backyard.

My oldest brother with our mom!

My mom with her oldest son.

Janelle Donaldson

Your whole family is beautiful! It looks like you had an amazing Mother’s Day, even if you were the shortest in the group! 🙂

Beautiful photos, Marie!! The black and white of you and your daughter, oh my gosh, it is STUNNING. You are both so beautiful! How wonderful to have these photographic heirlooms!

Thank you, Sarah! 🙂 Yes, I will treasure these photos always.

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