Our Maddy – Turns 7

I woke up this morning, and looked at the little girl, fast asleep, a mess of legs, arms, and hair, and I wondered – where had the time gone.  I so vividly remember holding her for the first time.  She was so delicate, so perfect.  The day we left the hospital, she was a whopping 5 lbs 4 oz, and all of 18 inches long!  And today, 7 years later, I couldn’t have even began to have imagine how amazing she would turn out.  She is an inspiration to me every day.  She is sweet, empathetic, determined, and imaginative.

When I asked her a few weeks ago, what she wanted to do for her birthday pictures, she said that she wanted to invite all of her friends over for a tea party.  I said that sounded a lot like two birthday parties.  And she said to me, “But, I was thinking of this shot, when all of my friends would be walking away from the camera, holding hands, and just I would look back.”  She also wanted to miss school for the day.  So we met in the middle, and she took the morning off of school.   I got to photograph my sweet, smart, beautiful daughter, and spend the morning laughing.  And just an F.Y.I., I was the photographer today, but I definitely was not the creative force behind these photographs.  I had next to no imput in the outfits (which is not uncommon!), and I would say that I set up less then 10% of the shots.  Maddy had so many amazing ideas, way more ideas then we had time.  Who knows, maybe she will follow in my footsteps!

2 Responses to Our Maddy – Turns 7

  1. JM says:

    My goodness Shannon, you and Nigel make beautiful children. Maddie is already such an amazing girl and you and Nige should both be so proud of the “young woman” she is becoming. I can only pray that if I have a daughter she is half as good as Maddie.

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