“a portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2014”
liam // This week, you suffered your first deep feelings of being-left-out with friends as a result of decisions your dad and I have made for our family. Maybe you won’t understand until you’re a parent how hard these choices can be for us, that it hurts us to see you in pain, that we really do want good things for you. And maybe one of the hardest life lessons is when goodness comes to us through the word, “no.” We love you dearly, son.
burke // Your friend had a birthday this week, and you decided to make him a birthday card with 12 of your favorite jokes. Your quietness is often mistaken for seriousness. You so love to laugh and be silly.
blythe // One of your teeth fell out in your sleep this week. You noticed just after breakfast and excitedly found it near your pillow, “Mom! Look! My tooth came out in my sleep!” (Exclamations points are warranted here.)
olive // This week you and your sister helped me make a tasty treat for a new issue of Wild + Free. You love being in the kitchen, always right by my side. When I asked you this week where you’d like to go if you could travel anywhere in the world, you replied, “to you!” It was the sweetest and most sincere response.