Monday, June 02, 2008

Growing, growing, but not gone

garden.craft

A few days ago I left the household to Juliana's charge so I could run some errands. Upon my return, as usual in the midst of studio work, I headed straight back to the studio with only a hello to any child who was in my path. A bit later I was looking for Juliana to ask her something. Shout. No answer. Shout again louder. Still no answer.

crowning.glory

I went to her room at the other end of the house, only to find it empty. Perplexed, I dialed her cell phone which is never farther than one layer of denim from her. No answer. Weird! She wouldn't have left the house when babysitting certainly...maybe heard me come in then ran to the neighbors' without asking....not unheard of, but unusual. I used my cell phone to call the cordless house phone, thinking it must be near her. Then I noticed her laptop was still in her room. So she wasn't off downloading some music or watching runway reviews.

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Once I had no help from the rest of the clan in finding her, I actually started to worry. Where on earth would she be if not reached by some means of texting, dialing, emailing or indoor shouting?

blind.beauty

I decided to walk over next door to see if they'd seen her. I gave a faint shout outside as I went knowing full well the chances of her frolicking around outside were slim to none. But then I heard "over here!" way in the back of the property. I can't remember the last time I reached Juliana the 16-year-old 28-year-old by hollering her name in the yard. Wow. It was a relief on so many levels. I found her making a wreath from wild and garden flowers. Just because.

oh.how.they.grow

Naturally once I decided the occasion was more than photo-worthy, the little two found us. And the three shared crowning rituals. We played right through the radiant afternoon becoming a glowing evening and I have a vault of pictures I'll cherish forever. I was thankful. Oh how they grow.

Wishing you endless summer days of hollering your children home.
xo, AM

64 comments:

  1. chmihen9:47 PM

    how precious, it doesn't get any better than that!

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  2. What a sweet post, Anna Maria. These are the days to cherish. We had a pretty lazy late afternoon/early evening frolicking outside in the backyard also. I just love these kinds of days. Now that I've sent my final designs away I can finally breathe a sigh of relief and just enjoy my family. :)

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  3. What a lovely moment to capture on film...the light, the flowers, your sweet girls...magical!

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  4. So gorgeous!
    I love days like this!
    So special to capture moments like these with photos!
    Wishing you a happy summer~
    Laurie~

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  5. Beautiful wreath and girls! Need a tutorial on wreath making! Such a talented family.

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  6. Beautiful post, wonderful pictures, and what lovely girls!

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  7. anna, this is just lovely. Do you have a picture of Mr. Gorgeous wearing that crown of flowers? Because I would really like to see that.
    xo

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  8. Beautiful post and beautiful girls - you have such a lovely family.

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  9. I breathed a sigh of relief with you.
    Isn't it a precious gift to know where are children are, to have them gathered happily around us? Lovely.

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  10. Crowning moments they are! I love it when I find my 17 year old lost and lovin life. Anna so glad you give this homage and tribute. Beautiful

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  11. That's so sweet!

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  12. Such a sweet story! And such a great ending to the day.

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  13. Terriaw8:37 AM

    what a lovely story! the crowns (and the girls) are so pretty.

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  14. THose moments sure do get fewer as they get older but it definitely makes them more precious.

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  15. those simple words "Wishing you endless summer days of hollering your children home." brought tears to my eyes....I am always standing on the back porch hollering for any or all of my children. For a brief moment I had the thought of a time when summer comes and there will be no more little ones to hollar for....it left me breathless and panicked. Thank goodness I have a several years still until that season arrives. I love the imagary....your writing is superb! Thanks so much for sharing...I really do enjoy your blog!

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  16. How absolutely beautiful!

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  17. Anonymous9:57 AM

    BEAUTIFUL! ...the flower crowns, the blog, the photos and especially your girls!

    Thanks for sharing! xoxo Alicia

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  18. Hi there... yesterday I lost my job. And it's so strange to be home during the day. But I am looking forward to a wonderful summer with my daughter and lots of moments to photograph too! I think it will turn out to be the best thing....just a feeling. : )
    Sweet.
    Jennifer

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  19. wow! thats such a pretty wreath! Juliana's got talent! I would LOVE headpieces and arrangements like that for my wedding! WAY better than any florist I've seen! And what sweet pictures! I love the first and the last! so cute!

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  20. Awww how precious...all of them and everything they did!

    I am glad you had your battery charged in your camera!

    Caroline

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  21. Lovely, lovely, lovely

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  22. I remember making crowns and rings out of dandelions and some bushy flower my parents had on their property. Yay for just enjoying the outdoors!

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  23. traci1:02 PM

    ahhhhh those moments make your mommy heart sing!!! My daughter wasnt picking flowers but she is 11 yrs old and MADE her own headboard!!! Im very proud...she had dad cut the plywood but from there she had her plan sketched, picked out and paid for the fabric and batting and went to work. It looks fabulous!!! Cna you tell Im proud??

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  24. What a lovely photos!
    Kind regards

    Sonnja & Beertje Zonn
    from the Netherlands

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  25. What a beautiful story! I have a 9 year old and a 6 year old. They grow up way too fast. Hope you have many more pictures to take like those. Very pretty.

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  26. peanut2:16 PM

    So beautiful (story, flowers and girls). Thank you for sharing :)

    Any change of getting instruction on making wreaths like that? They are the nicest I've seen but I'm not sure where to start.

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  27. my daughter is only 2 1/2. she loves to wander as well but usually finds more joy in her discoveries of rocks and sticks. we love to go on "adventure walks" together. thanks for sharing your precious moments.

    i love your work.

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  28. catching up here, and must say that every thing is so gorgeous- so colorful and inspired. congratulations on the book, booth, line debut....and the exquisitely dear girls....with wreaths of flowers...ahhhh, beautiful! xoC

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  29. Sometimes parenthood looks so "rosy" through your "glasses." I actually spent a some time just yesterday hollaring, walking and searching for my daughter only to find her upstairs with her friend playing hide and go seek. No wonder she didn't answer! :)

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  30. Your photos are just beautiful! I think your photography has become so professional looking. I was just thinking the other day how much I like your paintings and now your photography. You have SO much talent! I am in awe.

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  31. Magnificent photographs. Gorgeous girls. Perfect.

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  32. And what a wise Mama to stop and smell those flowers with the precious girls, life doesn't give us enough of these moments, congratulations on grabbing yours!

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  33. Beautiful. This is why I love to read your blog. I kind of miss those days of "hollering your children home".
    Thank you.

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  34. This is a delightful post.
    I love your blog, which I found via Lisa at Primrose Hill, and have added your name to my new socks and stuff blog, I hope you don't mind, but I didn't want to lose the link?!

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  35. Ms. Dale10:14 AM

    Beautiful girls..Just precious.My favorite on that
    exquisite wreath are those tiny blossoms of red verbena. Posts don't get much better than this.
    Thanks for taking the time to share.

    Ms. Dale

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  36. Such a sweet post. I really love the last picture.

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  37. Breathtakingly beautiful! You have such a colorful life :)

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  38. My girls are two and 12 (with another on the way!) and I'm amazed at how I get choked up with the exact same emotions when I look at each of them. Twelve is working so hard to be grown, but still builds a fort in the backyard and dances around her room when no one's looking (and stops in the middle of her chores to watch the Count name the Number of the Day on Sesame Street). Two is entranced at everything she sees, and will stop and name things with the most grown-up expressions and inflections. My favorite moments are when each of them get lost in some task, and give no thought to whether they are 12 or 2...

    It's gone so fast I'm already wondering how one does, exactly, bathe a newborn?? Can't believe we're doing it all over again soon!

    Hoping to have lots of little ones who are as inspired as yours...

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  39. Such a touching post. My youngest just turned 5, and I'm having a bit of a meltdown about it, I just want to freeze them at this age.

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  40. Wow! What a post! I was actually getting worried myself. Such beautful photos.

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  41. just beautiful!they too will cherish these backyard summer day memories...i have so many with my sissy as well!

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  42. what a wonderful gift!
    those days are to be cherished forever.
    they are sooo gorgeous.
    love

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  43. Great post AM. Carpe Diem!

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  44. being a mother to a daughter is the spice of life.

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  45. Oh I feel your panic and relief, this is a beautiful post and blog. It makes me weepy thinking of my childhood with my sister. Thank you for that :)

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  46. Very impressive. She may have a future in the floral design field.

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  47. I love that post...makes me smile!

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  48. Don't you just love it when grown-up girls do little-girl things? I have a theory that we're all just little girls in big-girl bodies, no matter how much time passes.

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful moment!

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  49. What beautiful girls! Makes me miss my sisters.

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  50. Natalie12:28 PM

    I just found your blog and now I am a fan! I love your fabric and I just found a place near my home that sells it! Thank you for your story. I sell handmade goods at www.lovenatalie.squarespace.com and will be looking out for your fabric to add to my pieces.

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  51. I love your pictures!

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  52. precious!
    & i laughed right out loud--i too have a 15 year old daughter & yours sounds exactly like mine.
    & yes, it all happens in the blink of an eye
    xo

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  53. This post thoroughly warms my heart. I know you will cherish this memory in so many ways. Have a blessed weekend and thank you for sharing.

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  54. How sweet.
    I have 7 days until all four are home for summer.

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  55. I have a 15 year old going on 28 year old son, so can totally relate.
    What a wonderful time that must have been, making crowns.
    :0)

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  56. Such a sweet and beautiful moment. The pictures are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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  57. These photos are amazing - as are all the photos I've seen on your blog... I'm wondering what kind of camera do you use?

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  58. Here's to more days crowning fairie princesses...

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