One thing I’ve liked about this project is that it allows me to record little bits of information I wouldn’t write about otherwise. Every photo, every week, is a vignette — in photos and words — of my children.

My intent wasn’t to do that. My intent was to include a photo and a brief sentence; just a few words describing the photo. But I just can’t do it. Every week it seems the sentences get longer and more descriptive. You can call me a lot of things, but pithy isn’t one of them. 

A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2016

11-52 david

David / For the first few years of his life, David hated reading. He didn’t look at books on his own or like when I read to him. It seems ridiculous that I spent all that time worrying that he’d never pick up a book, because now David loves to read. He’d happily spend hours at the library every day, pouring over books.

Following the lead of Elizabeth at Teaching Sam and Scout, we’ve started reading chapter books with him. I started with James and the Giant Peach to him, and next up is the Mouse and the Motorcycle.

11-52 maryvirginia

Mary Virginia / This exersaucer is for Thomas, but he never gets to use it because Mary Virginia is always in it, pretending it’s her car. She drives to the grocery store, bible study, and “on a quick errand.” She packs a bag, hops in her car, and dictates directions, “I just need to turn left on Main Street.”

11-52 thomas

Thomas / He can get up, but he cannot get down. He spends most of the day crawling, pulling up, and crying because he can’t get down. Thankfully, David can help him get down so I can Google the ages of all the Real Housewives without being disturbed.



  1. Carie March 13, 2016

    Mary Virginia looks like she’s got it all planned out!! And poor Thomas, what a thing to be stuck at up – I wonder if he’ll walk sooner rather than later if he decides that might be easier than sitting down!! And yay for vignettes, I think that’s the fun thing about this project; telling the stories that might not otherwise be told.

  2. Jessica Bodoh March 13, 2016

    Love the Mouse and the Motorcycle! We’ve been reading the Misty books to the “big kids.”


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