My Girl & Me

Mommy & Me1Mommy&Me2Lydia and I went to Mother-Daughter camp this past weekend with our church. It’s the same camp I went to as a child and although there are new buildings and new cabins (thank goodness!) most things hadn’t really changed. There were, of course, new people and new songs. But there were also some of the same songs and the same people. Nurse Judy is still there and she still greets each cabin with a rousing rendition of the little birdies song. And the chapel is still beautiful in its simplicity.

We walked around the lake (and got our feet ridiculously muddy because it’s been raining there like it’s been raining here) and she found a giant snail. She couldn’t wait to tell Carter all about it!Mommy&Me4.jpg

I loved laughing with her and watching her laugh and seeing her step outside of her comfort zone a time or two.
We found a leaf on the road that had been crushed over and over by cars and she carefully peeled it from the street and we brought it home. I’m trying to figure out how to preserve it. Frame it maybe?


We spent a bit of our quiet time on the swings by the lake. Talking about bits of this and that, I tried to memorize the sound of her voice. It won’t be this small for much longer. We stood on the dock and watched raindrops fall onto the water, like diamonds splashing down, and stood amazed at how sparkly it was.

We took a walk and took pictures and talked about photography. I taught her about lens flare and I’m fairly certain she will be taking thousands of pictures with lens flare. All of the pictures immediately above and below were taken by her except the black and white one (obviously).


The last night while we were making s’mores and singing camp songs, I couldn’t take my eyes off the sky. It went from this to this in about 30 seconds. No filter on either of these. Isn’t that wild?


Oh, I know you’ve probably seen enough of the Mommy & me selfies, but I’m going to keep on taking them as long as she’ll let me.


Gosh, I surely do love this girl of mine! And I loved being alone with her, no brothers or sister to steal my attention away.┬áNothing but the two of us, each having a chance to revel in the moments of only mother and daughter, not sister or friend or wife or anything else. Just us. And I loved it. She did, too. She’s already asked if we could go back next year. You bet, my love! Absolutely!


I hope that I can remember to stop and see her more. Really see her. Just her. To see her world, to see her find her place in this world, and to see our world through her eyes.


7 Responses to My Girl & Me
  1. Kim
    July 15, 2013 | 9:39 am

    I love this. I am so glad you were able to do that. I love having one on one time with my kiddos. It is so important for them and for ME.

  2. LeAnn
    July 15, 2013 | 3:40 pm

    gracious! You know I love this post… and I’m going to need a copy of the chapel pic because well, it’s one of my most favorite places on earth…. it’s where I can always go to hear God a little more clearly!!

  3. Jil
    July 15, 2013 | 4:10 pm

    What a beautiful post! I think you were both lucky to have such special time together. It isn’t often as mom’s that we get that one-on-one time. So glad you had that chance. Isn’t it wonderful when God gives us those tender little mercies. What wonderful memories!!

  4. Angela (Grandma)
    July 16, 2013 | 10:13 am

    So glad the two of you had this time. Special bonding moments I’m sure. And from the pics – a great time was had!

  5. Nichole
    July 16, 2013 | 10:41 am

    What a beautiful weekend! That leaf would be stunning against some contrasting paper.

  6. Kimberly
    July 16, 2013 | 11:01 am

    love the post, and the pics- beautiful ladies! Glad you two had fun! (also, her legs look SO long in that pic with the globe!)

  7. CathyMartin
    July 16, 2013 | 9:06 pm

    So glad you had that time together. Those are precious and few!