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Letters to our Children 2013 | April

Dear Brady,

This month marks your 7th birthday. Seven years old, my little April fool. You are my oldest so every year I am hit with the realization that we are entering a new time in our lives. I am not going to lie, it is extraordinarily hard watching you grow. I was practically a child myself when you were born. That already seems like a lifetime ago. What was once Diego and Cars is now Legos and Ninjas. You’ve grown into such an amazing being. I knew from the moment I laid eyes on you that you were an old soul. You are wise and caring and so intuitive. You were made to be a big brother and one day you will make an amazing father.

We locked eyes as soon as you were delivered and I cried out “That’s my son!“. I’ve never felt anything as monumental and fulfilling as I did in that moment.

Something you don’t know is that after you were born, and we went home, I got very bad postpartum depression. That is when a mommy has a baby and her hormones don’t level out like they should and it makes things icky for a while. I was 18, single, and living at home with your Nana. Things weren’t the way I imagined they would be when I was growing up. If there was one thing I could have told myself then it would be that everything would turn out alright. When I had feelings that my life was over it was only because I couldn’t see that it had really just begun.

You were the one to mold me, challenge me, teach me patience, and to show me the meaning of love. We grew together. We learned together. I like to joke and say that you are my pancake because “you always mess up your first” but that is far from the truth. You are more incredible than I ever thought possible.

I want you to know that I’m trying my hardest to do everything right. What is new for you is new for me as well. We have been through so much in seven years but you are my constant and I hope that I can always be yours. I love you so, so much.


Happy Birthday, Brady!



(previously “Mama”, but you’re kind of over that now);)


Next be sure to stop by my friend Kristy’s blog to read her April letter here!

April 3, 2013 - 12:11 am

Letters To My Children…April » Kristen Ryan Photography - [...] continue around the circle and visit my friend Heather Spencer of Little Birdie Photography [...]

April 3, 2013 - 8:05 am

Letters to our Children: April » Sunshine Lane Photography - [...] It’s finally time for my boy to have his moment in the sun here at Sunshine Lane Photography. I’ve been participating in a monthly blog circle writing letters to my daughter – and have been feeling bad that it hasn’t given me the opportunity to write about one of the sweetest boys in the world. So it gives me such joy to be teaming up with some of my favorite photographers each month in a new Letters to Our Children blog circle – so I can focus my Kai bear. After checking out my letter to my little man, Next up is the lovely Heather Spencer of Little Birdie Photography [...]

April 3, 2013 - 3:34 pm

Kristen - Love all the variety and perspectives in your images here Heather! And such touching words about the growing up you guys did together! Such a beautiful boy! My oldest just turned 7 too :)

April 3, 2013 - 4:01 pm

Kristy - Such an honest and beautiful letter! So many incredible images!!! Love!

April 4, 2013 - 10:43 pm

Corinne - Such true emotion and love. I hope he cherishes this and can see how much he is loved. Your images are just beautiful. I <3 <3 <3 The one with the light pole and cherry blossoms.

April 5, 2013 - 4:37 am

Cassandra - Way to make a girl cry! This is so beautiful and heartfelt! Thank you for sharing such a beautiful letter!

April 5, 2013 - 3:44 pm

Sarah Mazza - Really…did you HAVE to make me cry off my mascara? Sheesh! :) One of my absolute favorites from you so far – so real, so raw, and incredibly honest. Brady is such a sweet boy and you’re doing an amazing job – with all three of them. Love you girl!

April 10, 2013 - 10:30 am

dana - Such a beautiful, and honest letter with amazing photos to go along with it! Enjoy, seven… it’s such a fun age!

April 18, 2013 - 7:55 pm

elaina mortali - ahhh totally amazing letter!!! And your pictures are just amazing too! What a lucky boy he is.

April 22, 2013 - 6:44 am

Sarah Vaughn - These are so wonderful! I adore everything about these. He so reminds me of my boy. And I love your work – especially your processing. Fabulous – I’m definitely a fan. :)

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