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The 7th Year – Candid New York Family Photographer

You are 7. The time has passed so quickly and slowly all at once. You have tumbled and twirled your ways thru life with an enthusiasm that is at turns hilarious and exhausting. You have shown more kindness in your brief years of awareness than most adults I know. I am proud to have shared even a small part in your worlds.

Molly, my independent thinker. You are curious and kind. You are fiercely loyal and bold in your attempts at living. You are a watcher. Nothing gets past you. Dad and I have even resorted to speaking Spanish to try and keep a few things secret 😉

You have a stubborn streak a mile wide, but it will serve you well in life. You know when it’s important to stick to your guns and I’m so proud of that. But, you have also learned when to bend. That has been a hard, and sometimes frustrating, lesson for you this year. But, you know the importance of understanding others and valuing their opinions as you do your own.

You are a shrewd judge of character and can spot a disingenuous person a mile away…and you promptly steer clear. Your love of dirt and gardening and all things bug-related has had me both wildly excited (I really love our afternoons gardening together) and secretly grossed out. If you bring one more nightcrawler into this house, my little buttercup, this mommy just might have a heart attack 😉 I’m glad you’ve found a way to rehome your slimy not-so-little friends…Outside buckets are perfect for dirt and worms.

This year, you have lived your life in song. You sing any where, any time, any day. Your voice is beautiful. I hope you never stop singing or using that wonderful voice of yours to help people. You are a wonder, my Molly Joy. I am in awe of your steadfast spirit. I hope #7 brings an abundance of Joy to you, because you have brought an ocean full of it to your dad and me.

Wyatt, my soft-hearted wild man. You are a firecracker, with your dad’s sense of humor. You really do have the very best giggle. I love the amount of happiness you find every day. Sometimes, it can be hard to focus on the good moments when so much else in the world seems gray. But, your world is yellow.

You are a rainbow of colors and emotions, with all of the energy to match. There’s not much about you that is secret. You wear your heart on your sleeve and your thoughts in your mouth. That honesty is one of the most wonderful parts of you. You are not afraid to share your love with your friends and family – you bring happiness wherever you run.

You are a whirling dervish of activity, but give the best cuddles. Your morning hugs are the thing I look forward to most at the start of each day. And, while you always promise to help me with building projects, you somehow manage to go missing just at the start. 😉 You are a brave boy, Wyatt. You don’t let fear hold you back and confront those scary things head on. I am amazed by you.

The past year has been one of ups and downs for you, and your dad and I have watched a chink in your confidence appear. Wyatt, you are capable. You are every bit as good as your sister and your friends. So, when things seem hard and frustration feels too big. Take a step back and breathe. Go run outside, listen to some music, build a robot. Then try again. You haven’t given up yet…Mom and Dad will always be here rooting you on. Your persistence and drive to learn more is so inspiring. It reminds me to keep going even when I feel like I can’t.

My Twinkles. You are 7. The past several months, I’ve caught myself worrying that I only have 11 more years left with you. While I am nervous and sad that one day you will leave to start lives of your own, I’m also so excited to see what those lives hold for you! You have so much goodness and kindness and energy and passion to share with the world. We’ve weathered a lot together…Dad and I will always be here. For a hug. To cheer you on. To listen. To talk. To play. To help. No matter where you go, there I will be. Always.

Happiest of birthdays to the most amazing humans I’ve ever known. I’m so proud of who you are and who you are becoming. The world is a better place with you two in it.

Love you so much,

Joyful & Candid New York Family Photographer

Gina specializes in modern & emotive family imagery. By focusing on the relationships of parents and their children, she is able to go beyond the standard pose and capture the true emotion of her clients’ relationships. Visit the Session Info Page for more details.

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