Sunday, September 25, 2011

Some of my Favorite Possessions

However along the night, the dawn will break.

Almost exactly one year, we went to the local arboretum to take our first, and apparently only, family pictures. Our friend, Kristen is an AMAZING photographer in Michigan, but was here in town for a wedding, so we jumped at the chance to have her take our pictures.
Words cannot even explain how thankful I am that we took the time to get these pictures. They are beautiful and capture our family just the way it was. Some of the pictures are almost prophetic of what was to come of our life, and our dear sweet girl. The proofs first became available to us to see just days before Ellie got sick. And at the time, we just thought they were awesome pictures to document our life, at that moment in time. At the time, we had no idea just how important these pictures would be...

If anyone lives in Michigan and needs not only an INCREDIBLE photographer, but a nice, kind and caring person, to take some pictures, please visit K. Holly Photography.


Anyways, there are so many great pictures- like I said, Kristen is awesome!, so I'll probably share them over time...

My mom came along to help wrangle children...

Some of these pictures might look like the same picture- but to us, it's easy to see the different expressions in each one. I LOVE these pictures of Ellie. 

One reason I love this pictures is because of her pointer finger on her right hand. Her fingers were always doing something a little bit funny. Another reason, is her hair. The part right behind her bow was just starting to get pretty long, we don't have too many pictures where you can see that part well...
 You probably can't tell in this picture, but when you look at her eyes closely, you can me, and Kristen, and all the other scenery around us, reflected in her eyes. It's truly amazing. It makes me wonder what Ellie knew that we didn't...




Ellie, Mama misses you so much. I look at these pictures and see how alive you were. You were so beautiful, full of life- perfect. I want you back. So, so much. Love you forever sweet girl!
Forever your Mommy....

10 comments:

Kim said...

Your story is heart wrenching. Ellie is so beautiful and precious. You are a wonderful mother and you should not have been forced into this "life". I know in my own way how difficult each day is. I wish you much peace. Please know that I am here for you if you ever need to talk.
www.adayinthelifeofatoddler.blogspot.com

Jennifer said...

Wow, all of these pictures are just gorgeous! Max is such a cutie! My favorite is the one of Ellie where you can see the reflections in her eyes - it is breathtaking, surreal, and just perfect. My heart aches for you and your family. I wish you had your sweet girl in your arms. How lucky to have captured these amazing photographs...

crystal said...

The pictures are wonderful!!! I love her eyes. You have another picture that I really love of her eyes too :)

NewYearMum2.blogspot.com said...

These photos are divine... I see what you mean about the reflection in her eyes. My heart goes out to you every time I read your posts and see photos of Ellie... she's a truly gorgeous angel. Love to you always xoxo

Kelly said...

Beautiful pictures. I'm so happy you got to do these. We were waiting to do family pictures until Adam turned 3 months, just like we did with Natalie. We never got there. The only family pictures we have are of all of us in the hospital shortly before Adam died. I treasure them, but they are heartbreaking. You have a beautiful family. Love you.

ASHLEY ELDER said...

Those are the most beautiful pictures! Like Kelly we were waiting to do our fam pictures until Beck was 6 months old :( How lucky you are and the fact that you took SO many pictures of her sweet life.

Harlowe said...

Just beautiful.

Ashley said...

Beautiful!!! I love the way her little toes are sticking up in the grass!! And like you, I treasure the only family pictures we have with Erik. Breaks my heart that we didn't do more family pictures.

ccc said...

Beautiful photos. I have always thought that when I have seen some of them before. I live in Michigan--I should look her up!

Deanna said...

just beautiful! I agree that pictures mean the world, we somehow ended up with a crazy amount of photos of River and I am so grateful for every single one. thinking of you, sending you lots of love!!!

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