What is most beautiful about Audrey’s portraits is that she has an ability to capture what “time” doesn’t seem to allow when raising children~ stillness. Have you ever had a dream that felt so real that when you awoke you were disappointed it wasn’t true? Usually most dreams are the other way around, however, the dream I had a while ago was so sweet I felt it was appropriate to share given this “dream” contest.
Often times, I have wished I could just go back in time, just for a bit, to hold and cuddle my three children when they were younger. The dream I experienced was that wish come true, with one of my children, because it surely felt real. In the dream, my daughter and I were holding hands and twirling; she was giggling and oh so happy! She was just a little girl, about the age of four. As we were dancing and laughing, she grabbed me tight with her tiny hands and put her little cheek to my face and then I gently whispered in her ear, “Will you still remember this moment and know how much I love you when you’re seventeen?” I woke up immediately! I felt as if God had granted me my wish and gave me that “time” Mom’s yearn for as they watch their little ones grow much too quickly before their eyes. You see, today, my daughter is nineteen.As I woke up that morning, I quickly turned to see the beautiful portrait that my husband wanted me to have, a gift to Wancket Studio’s after this baby girl was born, all those years ago. Every single day, I wake up to a picture of me with my little baby girl lying on her tummy, draped in lace and close to me as her older brother (2 year-old) is nestled in my arms. Every time I look at that picture I remember that day as if we just had it taken. It brings me back to that familiar time and place in life.
“The years have passed too quickly,” I often say to myself; much to a mother’s dismay. A new little brother would be added to our family picture; another Wancket portrait that adorns our staircase; capturing “time” and flooding the heart and soul with memories that time can never sweep away.
That is what Audrey’s portraits have done in my life ~ she has managed to find a way to beat “time” at it’s best game by stopping it in it’s tracks~for it cannot steal what the heart and soul have stored. That’s the last time we had our family portrait done with Wancket Studio. Our three beautiful children are almost all grown. The youngest is enjoying being the only child while his siblings are off at college, but I’m trying to adjust to the inevitable new phase in my own life.
My dream would be to have another portrait done, to go along side the other photo on our staircase and remind me of the obvious. There are no guarantees in life. It truly is a gift. I feel as though I went to bed one night and when I awoke, my children were all grown. Despite the passing of time and busyness of raising a family, I’m thankful that I always cherished these years, knowing they’ve been the very best. “It’s been the greatest accomplishment and honor in my life~ to be just a Mom. ENJOY the simple treasures you have; knowing that the people who surround you will always be […]