Okay, so I talk about my sisters a lot, but that's to be expected when there are a lot of them! If you read my interview awhile back on www.yourheartout.com, you might remember that I have a lot of siblings. There are 17 of us, and yes, it's crazy.
I'm number 4, and I am so glad I was able to convince my sister (#2) to let me photograph her little family. She is the most natural mother I've ever known. When she was a little girl, she used to say that she wanted to have a big family with lots of kids and that they would live in a house in the woods with no electricity or running water. Ha! I'm pretty sure she's changed her mind about most of that statement. She does, however still have that strong mothering instinct, and I think it shows in the photographs. Of course it helps that I am totally biased and think the whole family is gorgeous and wonderful in every way. ;)
You can tell me that I'm the worst blogger in the world. I don't mind, because I know it's true. :)
So much has happened since I last posted that I just ended up too far behind to even know where to start, so instead of backtracking too much, I will start with explaining the big and exciting things that have happened in my life this Summer and Autumn, and will end with images from a recent family shoot.
My biggest news is that we bought a house and moved! It is the first home that my husband and I have ever owned and I love it. It is a fabulous old home, thought to have been built before 1900 and it suits us perfectly. We are still not totally settled (a few unpacked boxes here and there, need more furniture, lots we'd like to change), but it is starting to feel like we belong here. Along with the move came another school district for my 3 year old, Gideon, and it is interesting how differently the special education program runs from place to place. I am getting used to things not working out exactly as expected. He loves school and goes 4 days a week, while Silas (who is 4) stays home with me. It's an unusual situation, but fortunately he's not too jealous, and I love the one on one time with him. We spend our time playing board games, gathering leaves and helicopter seeds outside and reading his favorite books. He is developing an early love for Roald Dahl. The rest of the time, I am usually cleaning the house in preparation for Gid the Destroyer to arrive home on the bus. You would not believe how someone so darling can cause so much chaos.
Two of my sisters were married this Autumn. One in September and one in October. Both were happy occasions with beautiful brides, and lots of visiting with family and friends. We got to stay with another sister and her beautiful family for a week, and Silas has been talking about his cousins ever since. I wish we lived closer!
Amidst all of this, I've been keeping my head above water (barely) during my busiest season of the year. I photographed this darling family of 7, and while I was worried that that many kids would be out of control, they were so well behaved and so individual that I had a lot of fun. I got the idea that they did, too.
I love this one. She is imitating me taking pictures. :)