things I want to remember

I was sitting next to her on the couch. She was playing. I was reading. As I looked across at her, I began thinking about all the little things I don’t want to forget. My oldest is 8. There are so many things I promised myself I’d never forget, but I have. Time passes, memories fade (at least for me). So I snap away. I click my camera to freeze a moment I’ll never get to live again. And, really it is the culmination of all those little moments that make a life great. I’d rather have a long life full of seeing the glory in the little everyday moments than a life that just survives from big moment to big moment.

There are little things about all my kids I never want to forget. Just so happens she was the one on the couch with me yesterday.

I want to remember how she prefers all her dolls without clothes.

I want to remember little toes that she likes to point towards my camera when I am trying to capture her face.

I want to remember piggie tails…oh how I want to remember these!

I want to remember her full forehead cowlick…though I’m pretty this is something that won’t fade with time.

I want to remember how her tongue comes out when she is watching home videos on my phone.

I want to remember how she tromps around in my shoes and then leaves them all over the house.

I want to remember her need to have at least 10 toys nearby at all times.

I want to remember what she was like as a little girl.

And I want to remember the patience and love of her daddy, when he really just wanted to read a new book.

I am still getting updates regarding the project totals from last week. I will do a full update sometime this week. Some crazy exciting stuff happened. Thank you.

Happy Monday!


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  • kiley - I think the same thing about taking pictures in our home. I’m not very good at…no, wait…I’m terrible about writing big and little things down to remember. Hoping that our pictures will trigger great memories, events, preferences, funny stories when our children are grown…or even a month from now ;o) !

  • Lisa Johnson - soak up every moment. Time passes so quickly. (this post made me cry, but I had an emotional weekend πŸ˜‰
    how I wish I had thought to capture the little moments more when my kids were small. I recently found a snapshot of my 2 oldest girls playing in a dishpan of sudsy water on our front steps one beautiful spring day when they were about 3 and 1. Just one look at that picture, and memories of that ordinary day flooded back. I could almost hear the birds singing, feel the warm spring breeze, and hear the gentle cry of my newborn who had just been born

  • kate b - i love this. my husband always tells me that i am missing the moments by being so focused on getting the picture but taking the photos of my boys helps me remember. when i do look back, i realize just how much i can miss. those tiny moments that are so important are gone in seconds..reassures me that i should be snapping away. thanks for this post.

  • Herta - β€œWe do not remember days, we remember moments. The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten.” Cesare Pavese

    Thank you for helping me to remember some of those moments when my girl was little; the pudgy toddler arms and legs, the laughter of noisy raspberries on her belly, getting wrapped in her towel like a mummy after bathtime, tea-time with grass and leaves gathered to brew in plastic tea sets, even the dog got a bowl of flowers to enjoy!
    The beauty of life and family, you help me remember and enjoy it it often, I thank you Lesley πŸ™‚

  • Kimberly Troth - GREAT post….as usual!!! So glad to know that my little one isn’t the only one who wants to have baby dolls with no clothes on!! THANKS for sharing πŸ™‚

  • Molly @ mixedmolly - Love the pics of Firecracker and her dad! Her expressions are so priceless.

  • Jacci in Ohio - Great shots πŸ™‚ I’ve been in a shutter slump. Setting the camera out on the table right now. Goal today: 20 pictures. Thanks!

  • Veronica - These are absolutely darling. I can see why you want to remember : )

  • giozi - Ha ha ha she is so funny. You husband need a bib πŸ˜€

  • Elizabeth - Your little girl is so adorable!!!! I just want to hug her. Great pics

  • Seriously Sassy Mama - I love all her little faces. Girls love their daddys! I should know, I have three.

  • Melissa @ Loving this crazy life! - Firecracker is so adorable! It’s easy to forget. I find myself staring at my daughters {when they don’t know I’m watching} trying to take mental snapshots. I want them to burn in my memory so that I can never forget these moments.

  • charla - I adore the fact that your sweet hubby can rock a rainbow leopard band-aid. πŸ™‚

  • Anna Joy - You are so good at capturing little moments. You’ve inspired to *try* to do the same for my family…although it probably won’t be as lovely as your pictures! xoxo

  • Becs - Happy Monday to you too. πŸ™‚ Love these pictures especially those little toes pointed at the camera and tickling daddy’s head.

  • Tammy C. - So sweet and spunky. I’m excited to read that book too! I do most of my reading in the evening though and I just know I’ll lay awake all night thinking about it. Trying to find some time during the weekend mornings.

  • Amanda - Tear. Maybe, because I am pregnant, but I think about the same things all the time. How I want to remember. My oldest is now 4 and it is bittersweet for me to look at pictures from when she is a baby, especially because I don’t remember so many little things. I have started to right down conversations in a journal at night along with the pictures so I can treasure the memories a little more.
    Can’t wait for the update on all your happenings!

  • Ko - Ah the little moments! I loved this post. So often I find myself trying to create big adventures so that we will have fun-filled memories with our kids but then it’s times like what you captured that take my breathe away πŸ™‚ A great reminder for today.

  • Heather - Exactly why I’m always clicking, too. I want to remember. I can’t believe how quickly the little moments pass. Love the beautiful pictures. Blessings!

  • Suzanne - What sweet memories to capture of your older daughter!! Can’t wait to see the update on in the babies project!

  • kaley - I love those little chubby toes, and the doll with no clothes. My daughter is the same age as your little one (only 1 day apart!) and her favorite thing to do is undress every single one fo her dolls. I have given up on redressing them! πŸ™‚

  • tracy a - love this. it is so true that we want to remember little things, but often can’t. even with my 4 year old things have been forgotten. i must say, her cowlick is crazy impressive. I’m sure in the years to come, you’ll do battle with that thing for her! hopefully she’ll embrace it’s awesomeness and love it. πŸ™‚ love seeing pictures of chris! tell him hi for me!

  • Liane - I love all these photos..
    Last night my three year old son woke up crying and I went and sat on his bed with him and got him back to sleep.. I stayed there on the bed long after he was asleep watching him though. He looked so small and innocent. It reminded me of him being a newborn. I rush through so many days just trying to get everything done that sometimes I forgot to just sit and watch him. Thank you for reminding me of what I don’t want to forget xx

  • angie lockhart - i love the progression of shots with daddy! i did the exact same thing as a child. some of my fondest memories of childhood involve ‘playing’ with my daddy while he tried to read the newspaper. so sweet!

  • Emily @ Peck Life - She is too cute for words! And this is exactly why I can never find my shoes…my SON does the same thing!

  • Leanne - I love this. I think I need a better camera.

  • Katrina - I have little tears falling as I enjoy your celebration of the little moments and wishing I had been able to capture more of those moments with my girls. I am catching more these days because the days really speed by.

  • cassi - It’s soo true, I always think I will remember and then realize I didn’t when its to late. Cute pictures

  • Crystal - So thankful for cameras so we can remember all these moments because I am so forgetful. Other than that, I am baffled at the fact that y’all can sit there and read while the kids are awake! πŸ™‚ I do see you are getting interrupted, but I don’t even know that we could attempt that! I guess we do get the kids to stay in bed some while we read in the morning if they wake early….but really, I am impressed!

  • Jenny - So sweet! I love your daily reminders of how sweet life at home can be if I can only focus on the small moments! Where is Firecracker’s cute dress from?

  • ella @ lifeologia - Love all those little unposed shots – they really help all those memories last a lifetime πŸ˜‰

    ps. While I just saw a recipe I did for Earth Day featured on

    I saw this cool pair of high heels for you miss Ashley:

    I’m sure you would look amazing in them at the next Star Wars party ;D LOL

  • Kristin S - Those last few show just how much she looks like you.

    Love these captured moments.

  • Julia - praising God for the incubator project’s success!!!!

  • Sara - These are lovely! What wonderful little snapshots of your daughter. πŸ™‚

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Oh Ashley, Chris is so sweet. What a blessing you are as a family!

  • Kathy - You have inspired me to pull my camera out and capture the things I don’t want to forget. Thank you.

  • Bon @ A Golden Afternoon - The shoes really hit me. How crazy is it that I complain about how those shoes are EVERYWHERE when you don’t want them to be and then they are NEVER together when you do want them to be. I know I will miss these things later, so thanks for the sweet reminder πŸ™‚

  • Stefani Ferguson - I’m sure you already know that there is a Star Wars exhibit coming to Wichita this summer, but I thought I would share the info just in case. I know your boys won’t want to miss it! We are going to be sure to go! I love seeing the boys enjoying their Star Wars sheets. Makes me smile.:)Here’s the link:

  • Lola - Beautiful post! I want to remember so many things, little details of my little ones that will be gone in a bliss. What a beautiful way to capture them!

  • Amie - Your home must have been built in PerfectLightVille because you get the best-lit interior shots. My camera refuses to function inside of my house, it just gives me the finger and says “nope, this picture is not going to happen, lets go outside” =)

  • Laura Stribling - What a precious perfect post!