Celebrating Motherhood

 

“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” - Jill Churchill

 

Our stories begin with our mothers and their love, wisdom, strength and devotion. The beauty of motherhood is silently celebrated everyday. Motherhood is in the daily rituals that gives meaning to the fine balance of everyday life. It is in moments of morning chaos of getting everyone ready for the day. It is in the moments of making a special, slow breakfast on Sunday mornings. It is in the moments of kissing away tears and putting a bandaid on a boo-boo. It is getting the kids ready for bed and tucking them in after reading a book at night. It is in the sleepless nights and the never-ending mess. It is listening, understanding, supporting and helping the kids when they are happy, sad, angry, tired and hungry. It is in being patient and tolerant. It is in the small, insignificant moments and the big, important ones.  It is in the everyday moments that tend to be forgotten or overwhelmed by the constant to-do list of life. 

My life’s story began with my mother and the daily imprints that she has made on us. As a single parent of 5 kids, she dedicated all of her energy and time to her kid’s lives. She taught us love and how to be compassionate. Her devotion and unconditional love is intertwined in our family’s fabric giving us a true sense of family. She has brilliantly taught us that family is not the absence of problems, but the forgiveness of them. After having three kids of my own, I now understand and appreciate my Mom’s devotion to her kids and now grandkids. I am now taking all the wonderful things she once taught me and teaching them to my kids. I am truly blessed and grateful for my Mom.

The month of May is supposedly named after the Greek Goddess, Maia, who was the Goddess of Spring and ‘“embodied the concept of growth” and in Roman myth was identified as the goddess of fertility. Many countries throughout the world celebrate Mother’s Day in the month of May.  It is important to have a day designed to celebrate Moms.

In celebration and gratitude for all moms, grandmothers and motherly figures that have blessed us with their love, all sessions booked before May 31 will receive a 15% discount.

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Traditions

Weaving Old Traditions into New Ones

Nacka / Stockholm / Sweden

Since we couldn’t go back to the States for Christmas, my brother Mike decided to travel to Sweden to celebrate the holidays with us. It is difficult to be away from my family, most especially around the holidays. So, having him here made it easier.

 We spoke how it didn’t feel like the Christmas that we are used to. Thinking of these childhood memories warms my heart, but I am also reminded that I need to create new memories for my own children.

 Every family has traditions that are passed down from each parent. These traditions are weaved into the tight knit fabric of our families so that we may not only foster joyous memories, but also provide a foundation so that we may expand upon these traditions as we develop and grow. These shared traditions become a ritual that bonds a family and brings a sense of happiness and joy.

 Living in Sweden has introduced me to many cultural and traditional differences than those to which I have grown accustomed. While many of the traditions of the holidays align between the two cultures, for me, there are many things that leave me feeling that I am missing out. Thankfully, the days leading up to Christmas are often eventful and full of excitement and anticipation. December is filled with festive activities, such as picking out the Christmas tree, decorating, baking, watching Christmas movies and listening to Christmas music and ending the school semester with Christmas concerts.  Rob and I are doing our best to connect the traditions from both the States and Sweden.  We hope to make new customs that our kids will always joyfully remember. The spirit of Christmas is now in the hearts of our children. 

The days after Christmas have been spent relaxing, watching movies, blowing bubbles, taking walks, solving rubik's cubes, and playing games. 

Family Love Series

The Nelson Family

- Andreas, Karin, Lova & Viggo -

Nacka │ Stockholm

 There are so many wonderful reasons that this family is härlig (beautiful, great, sweet).  I am thankful that we got to know this close-knit and easy-going family through the preschool our children attend. They are exactly the kind of family that I want my kids to be friends with. They know and understand the values of family and community by always being warm, thoughtful, gracious, and helpful. Without a doubt, they are raising strong, confident, and courteous little kids.

 Photographing them was fun and easy. The expressions on the kids’ faces are adorable and priceless. In many ways, I feel that these kids are straight out of a Astrid Lindgren story.  The images definitely reflect who they are as a family – loving, sweet and playful.  Thank you, Andreas, Karin, Lova and Viggo!