#Heartstagrams by Framebridge
I grew up surrounded by women. The constant presence of my mother, aunts, nieces, cousins, step mother, grandmothers and, most importantly, my sisters. As the girls grow, I am seeing more and more that they notice what I hold with reverence. My friendship with their best friends' mothers, the sisterhood of Girl Scouts, sleepovers with their cousins, how close I hold my own sisters - so many amazing, beautiful women! In celebration of Valentine's Day and sisterhood, the girls and I chose frames for some of the very special ladies in our lives.
I already loved Framebridge's Instagram Minis and think the Heartstagram's are so special. If you are ordering from Framebridge for the first time, use the code Littlestblog15 for 15% off your order through 3/31/2017. Enjoy!
I grew up spending a lot of time at my grandmother and aunt's house. Since I can remember, they lived together with my cousin (my aunt's daughter). Three generations of women in the house. It was my sanctuary in so many ways growing up. Giving me a safe space to vent about my parents while also letting me stay up late and do all the things I couldn't at home. Lots of laughter, tears and a fair share of struggle. I am so glad that my girls get to have the same experience and when I drop them off, they are in their own world, away from their mama but also loved and comforted as if I were there. This summer we took a road trip from Seattle to Los Angeles with Great Grandma Betty and this was one of our favorite photos of that trip.
I learned the most about sistering others from two of my sisters. My big sister on the left is almost exactly the same age difference from me as my two girls. She has five children of her own and has shown me the importance of stretching what you believe to be possible. We couldn't be more different from each other but share the same curiousity about life and love of travel and meeting as many different humans as possible.
My little sister (on the right) with her two sweet girls. She has taught me so much about being a mother. She had her two girls very young and now has a high school senior! They are all so close and I strive to foster the same type of relationship with my girls when they are that age. This motherhood journey lasts a long time. Often we are so focused on the very beginning and wanting our little ones to stay babies. Seeing my two sisters parent their girls makes me excited for what is coming next.
In November I lost a very dear friend to cancer at the age of 38. She left behind a husband and her two little girls (who my girls have been friends with since they were babies.) This photo was taken just before we found out about her illness. We had a Rainbow Bridge celebration for our little ones heading from Kindergarten into First Grade. I love the girls walking, celebrating every stage of their lives together, in good and hard times. This photo reminds me of the importance of taking the time to celebrate and create meaningful rituals for our little ones. This is what they will carry forward.