The Collective Collectors: You Can Choose Your Friends…

Mar 15, 2010 | Full Time Family, The Collective Collectors | 25 comments

…and thank goodness you cannot choose your family.
I would have never dreamt it could be like this…
Since a collection is 3 or more of anything I would like to take this Wednesday (yes I know it’s Monday but I am giving you a few days to get your collection together this time!) to highlight the joys of my life…
I know I said this week’s collection would be Courtship Scenes but I’ll do those next week. I simply could not resist these memories from the last month…
Big Daddy.
Momma’s little “helpers.”
Our littlest ones sleep in the middle ’til they are 6 months old…it’s magical!
Juliette’s first bottle… she took it! YAY!
Everyone got a turn.
Aidan took this of Joel.

Mini Joel?
Amélie wearing vintage Calvin Klein. This was my jean skirt when I was a child. Momma saved it.
Braids are very trendy this spring…here is Amélie’s first french braid. SO TEENY! SO CUTE!
“Mon lapin.”  Says her jumper.
More like “mon ange.”
Too bad she didn’t make The Sartorlialist in this little number. Garage sale chic!
Aidan’s favorite color is orange. He loves it, and since his name means “fiery” it suits his spunky little personality very well.
I’d kill for those curls. The poor thing stops traffic where ever she goes.
I imagine this one will too.
Pigs and baby hairs.
Juliette and the “Baby Whisperer” – Aidan has a real gift with his baby sister. It is really amazing… he can just about change a diaper by himself!!!
When he is not building Legos, that is.
Her nickname is Miss Kitty. Her Auntie bought her a corny meets cute little Hello Kitty ensemble for Christmas. The boots were a gift from a friend who found them at the Thrift Shoppe for the dress up box. Amélie is head over heals in love with them and insists on wearing them all the time. They are four sizes too big.  Sometimes I want to pin a sign on my kids that says, “I dressed myself. My Momma had nothing to do with this.”
Baby J’s first walk.
The darling dress made by her Momma and… those boots.
Mon TouTou.
Aidan…my heart. My heart.
Finally, a photo of me n’ the babes.
Mes Filles.
Daddy and his Princess.
Speaking of the “Family Bed.”
LeeLee and I watched the Red Carpet together for the Academy Awards…this was her ensemble. She didn’t even have to rent the rocks…she totally wins best dressed. Non?
You should see the rest from this little impromptu shoot that her and I did!
The girls’ hands.
They fight over her at night – she has to snuggle in at least one of their beds or else no one is happy. This was LeeLee’s turn.
Aidan can now undo the gate and the top of the stairs… and VERY quietly. This is how I found them the other morning at 6:30 am, already fully immersed in Lego Land.
I finally finished Aidys’ pajamas.  Ticking and John Deere. He is so proud of them, can you tell?
“… and on His Law shall he meditate day and night…”
Kiddo is forever hugging and kissing his sister, usually making her squeal in frustration. Here, she seams happy to receive his affections. Thank goodness.
Baby J.
In my 20s, I was totally addicted to All My Children. Move over Erica Kane, you ain’t got nothin’ on these babes.
Long One.
Our kids are going to tower over us.
So unfair.
Mama hand for scale.
Cache Cache.
(French for Peak-a-Boo)
What’s your Collection for the week?


  1. *The Beautiful Life*

    This post. It almost makes me want to cry. It is PRICELESS.

    I feel like I know your family now! Oh how I love this.

    You, m’dear, are a Proverbs 31 woman. In fact, if you’d been around “back then” their would have had to be a Proverbs 32… just for you.

    Your family seems perfect. I mean that in the best way — perfectly real, perfect for each other — perfect.

    Enjoy every second. 🙂


  2. My Yellow House

    What a beautiful post and a beautiful family! Your children are precious ~


  3. Marsha's Mpressions

    Oh what wonderful photos of your darling little ones. Sweet Sweet Sweet precious children! God bless you all.

  4. Belle de Ville

    Adorable family photos!
    And you look great for a new mama.

  5. BonjourRomance

    Bonjour Angela,
    The photos of your beautiful family are absolutely amazing. How wonderful to see a happy, loving family. I agree with Ruth, you are a Proverbs 31 woman!

    Thank you too for your kind comment about the magazine idea, will be contacting you soon.

    Bonne soirée

    P.S. You look great in your red coat.

  6. La Dolfina

    Now that was a treasure trove!!!!!!!!!

  7. Sandra

    I’m sitting here with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. Beautiful family; God has blessed you so bountifully!

  8. sheilaa131

    What beautiful children. Such a blessing. Enjoy them.

  9. annie

    OOOOOOO—Just let me get my mitts on them again….
    Your photos are wonderful—–
    I am especially enamored by Leelee and the frilly white half slip!!
    p.s. give them ALL BIG WET JUICY KISSES from me

  10. My Casa Bella

    That was way too much fun to look at and read. Your kids are too cute.
    Beautiful family!!

  11. Anne Marie

    beautiful life…they ARE perfect….and she’s even more amazing in ‘real life’…….

    i’m so blessed! that you are my friend!! and wow! what a total cutie A is with her hair all in piggies…..oh my gosh – frame that one!

  12. Faith

    Oh my goodness!!!! Could they possibly be any more precious???!!!
    Scrolling through these amazing, beautiful photos was the highlight of my day!!! You are so blessed. I love you guys so much!!!

  13. Buttonchief7

    How refreshing to view such a loving family. Just be mindful how quickly this time will pass. Peggy

  14. cityfarmer

    … anyone with three chickens (ah hum) know there’s no more exciting collection that this!!! As the gram, I’m left speechless once again by YOUR chicken collection

    … you’d better believe I’m draggin’ and droppn’

  15. Berlin Deluxxe

    This post really warmed my heart. What blessings 🙂 I wish I would have had a daughter too.

  16. Amy

    oh my angela
    you have melted me today, your gorgeous family is the only collection that matters you make me long for my kids being babies again, how fast time goes by..beautiful photos..take it slow enjoy every bit of this! x

  17. Debra@Common Ground

    Love all your precious photos of the kiddies. They are just darling, and oh those cowboy boots and hair! I just found you, and so enjoyed this post. Come by for a visit when you can.

  18. The Norwegian

    This may be the dearest post on a blog I’ve EVER seen! Love it love it and love that I know you.

  19. Laura

    Just one word….ADORABLE!!! What a wonderful family and beautiful children. Thank you for posting. Have a wonderful day!

  20. Julee Ann

    I’m gonna have to start me a grandchild collection one of these days!

    I could comment on each and everyone of these photos but I think my favorite is 3 in a bed although I do love middle child’s sense of style!

    Hope to see you soon,
    Aunt Julee

  21. Old Centennial Farmhouse

    HOW did I miss this by two days? I loved this post, and your collection is beautiful, heaven sent. LOVE those sweet little babes, and can’t wait to see more of the pics of Amelie in the tutu! (Pajamas are CUTE and so is her little dress!!)

  22. Vintage Sassy

    Oh my gosh, your kids just keep getting cuter and cuter if that’s possible. Seriously, your family is so so precious.


  23. Breathing Beside Us

    Your children are very, very beautiful.
    I haven’t smiled this much in a very long time.
    Thank you 🙂

  24. Joy

    !!!!! The book the little one is reading– ‘My First Bible’–that is one of the books I bought for my gkids–the ones that are sorely lacking in spiritual training… Oh, I hope and pray that God will use those books and those children to draw all hearts in my daughter’s family close to God! Precious photos–precious family—THESE are ‘The Days’, Mother!

  25. Beth Hazelton

    Your photos made my heart sing. Thank you for sharing! Lemme tell you…Carrie Bradshaw has nothing on Amelie. I love her style!! Hope she’s still rockin’ the red boots!


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