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April 02, 2007


Annie Adams

I just found your blog through Tara's ....we have the same bear...ours is called Teddy. It is my son's favorite bear and we rarely go anywhere without Teddy. I was laughing because our Teddy looks a lot more worn than yours. Your blog is really beautiful...I love your photography.

Kathryn Olsen

Hi Elizabeth, I finally have time to leave these thoughts that I mentioned to you about your wonderful post. The photos are beautiful as always! I have long loved the story of the Velveteen Rabbit and the message it tells about real beauty and character. This is my favorite excerpt from the story... "'What is REAL?' asked the Rabbit one day, when they were laying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. 'Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick out handle?' 'Real isn't how you are made,' said the skin horse, it's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you, then you become Real.' 'Does it hurt?' asked the Rabbit. 'Sometimes', said the skin horse, for he was always truthful. 'When you are Real you don't mind being hurt.' 'Does it happen all at once, like being wound up' he asked, 'or bit by bit?' 'It doesn't happen all at once,' said the Skin Horse. 'You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't often happen to people who break easily or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand.'" To me this passage kind of a metaphor for life. I think the author was using this story as sort of a parable for love. Doesn't everyone have to make sacrifices and give things up for the things they really love? And doesn't that make them less "shiny" on the outside but truly beautiful inside? I really try not to "break easily" have "sharp edges" or "have to be carefully kept" but it can be hard. I see these photos of Berk and his little bear and I love them because he is so cute, but I also love them because they are evidence of a mother (you)who loves her child (Berk) and is investing so much time and love and energy in his (and his siblings) well being. Day after day you give to them and nurture them and focus on helping them become their best possible selves. The pictures are evidence of you being "real." As I am writing this I am thinking what a privilege it is to know you and I think you are one of the most genuinely real people I know. Keep on posting! Love, Kathryn


Your photos really tell a story, capture a moment, shine, glow, take my breath away...

:) :) :)

The Velveteen Rabbit -- so sweet.
I love books from our childhood.

Asha asked me just the other day...
"Mom, who is Robin Hood?"

I was like WhAt?
My child doesn't know who Robin Hood is?
That's terrible.
Off to B&N we will go!

Have a wonderful Easter! :)

sara gillespie

fab pics again...your kids are so sweet!! we will have to pick up a copy of the velveteen rabbit...forgot about that one too :)

kathy p

{big sigh!} i just LOVE this post! your pictures here really convey a special time and momment. i love the story of the velveteen rabbit! special times indeed!

Julie C Butler

WOW! You are getting so good at this ..
These photos are amazing .. they are priceless !! no other words for them!!
and I love your color and B&W conversion ..
great job on these!!

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