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 The 52 Project – a portrait series of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2013

How is it that it’s already almost August!?  The time goes by so quickly….something I will probably be saying for the rest of my life.  Either way, it’s here….which means that this sweet girl turns two in just a few weeks.

Rylee girl,

It feels like just yesterday we were wearing feathers and moccasins at the park, tasting cake for the first time, as we celebrated your first year of life.  You wore my favorite little mustard colored jumper that I’ve saved for your sister one day (or brother, God willing).  You had a mix of drool and watermelon juice soaking the front….but you were so happy.  You couldn’t quite walk yet….but we realized days later that you just wanted to wait until your birthday to take your first steps.  Now I can’t keep up with you.  What a year it’s been.  You’re my world Rylee Jean.  God knew what he was doing in blessing me with you.  No one else but you.  And the best part is…I feel like I am finally really getting to know you.  You’re smart and stubborn, funny and strong-willed.  You shy away in crowds, but bring out the ham around people you know.  You’re actually a lot like me in that way.  You love the ocean and the sand between your toes, just like your dad and I do.  Maybe one day, he will teach you how to surf.   You know just what to do to make me smile and to make me scream.  You wear me out, and you fill me up.  And at the end of each day, all I feel is this immense love for you….and this protection that I can’t really even explain.  You are mine and I am yours….we were made for each other.  A lot of days I ask myself how on earth I go so lucky.  I’m really not sure, but I’m so happy it’s you who calls me mama.  I have a feeling year 3 is going to be our best yet.


  1. eeny

    Beautifully written.
    Rylee in that bikini is just too cute for words.
    Time is flying by so fast, that’s for sure and specially with kids, they grow up way too fast.

  2. Candice

    Isn’t it so amazing how god just knows your heart so so well? I really wanted a girl. My whole family is girls- sisters, cousins are all girls.. That’s just what I pictured for myself. So when I found out I was having a boy, I just couldn’t wrap my head around it. But let me tell you, I wouldn’t trade my James for all the girls in the world. He’s perfect and he’s just exactly what I needed. Now I can’t picture myself ever having a girl. It just amazes me how god knew my heart even better than I did. It gives me sure confidence that I don’t have to worry because God knows me and knows what I need :)

  3. Kim

    super cute pictures she’s adorable :) this has been such a fun photo project and a great way to document memories



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