Monday, January 05, 2009

A Portrait Gallery Before We Go


We hit Giles up for a portrait session before he left. It was freezing cold the last day of the year, but we tried to look balmy!

Wow, how these children have grown up this year. Here is Clara, world's most serene and centered teenager:


Bella, who is more beautiful every time I turn around and has recently taken up cooking in a big way:




Sweet Felix who is thinking of leaving the nest next year!


Giles looking seriously adult:


I visualize the travel preparations being completed:


My very Dear Composer:

And now we head off into the sunset for a few days of skiing--back on Monday!

45 comments:

Traci said...

Beautiful!!! It is amazing how fast they grow up isn't it?

t h a i t r a i t said...

Stunning!! I just love all of their names.

Anonymous said...

WOW! Is he good!
chris

Anonymous said...

Lovely, lovely family, but Anna, Anna, Anna, don't be in such a hurry to rush everyone through life! Why the hurry to leave the nest? They are so young!

Mrs. Mordecai said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures. I hope you have a great trip!

Katrina said...

Absolutely Beautiful!

Anna said...

It's not me that's in a hurry to get them out! They are the ones who are excited about the next step and ready to learn more. I do love having them at home.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful family. Isn't our God amazing?!?!?

In Christ,
Dawn

Polly said...

Again, such a great capture of the winter light.

And I like Giles' view--he clearly loves his family, and does a great job expressing it.

Sally said...

All of your kids are just beautiful, and they all have that look of contentment that is only found in Christ. That must warm your heart so. My favorite picture, though, is of you and your husband. That is just so perfect.

Emily said...

These photos are amazing with the use of light. You have a beautiful family! God Bless! :-)

Lisateresa said...

Ditto, Polly.

Have fun!

Ahhh...musings said...

Anna, I came across your blog while reading "Unclutterer" - I think you posted about how you store wrapping paper - and since then I have enjoyed the little glimpses of your life that you have been kind enough to share with us.

I have one daughter who is a freshman at University of California Santa Cruz; one son who is a high school junior; and another daughter who is in fifth grade. So I can relate to your feelings of how quickly the years fly by.

Your children are beautiful, inside and out, and that is a reflection of you and your husband and the home you provide.

Tammy said...

Wow, beautiful family!

Giles is really good, I'm sure you already know that!

Sonja said...

I'll have to practice visualizing travel plans being completed next time it comes around. It sure looks like it makes it a more pleasant exercise! I love going away, but, UGH! the coordinating involved. Have an incredibly joyous time!

Jodes said...

Anna you have a beautiful family! They're all growing up so quick! It's nice to see pictures of you all, including the Composer :)

Davene said...

Felix does not look old enough to leave the nest. :)

I enjoyed all these pictures, especially the last one. Great use of light!

Have a wonderful--and safe--trip!

e.l.berge said...

Wonderful photos, as always. Have a great time skiing...

Anonymous said...

Your children are so beautiful. But, with parents like you, what do you expect? You inspire me in so many ways as a homeschool mom. Kudos to you!

Rachel said...

What bright happy faces!

Thanks for sharing :)

Susan said...

Beautiful family! Beautiful gift, Giles. The children have grown so much! Have a wonderful trip! God bless you all!

Anonymous said...

What great pictures! You have a beautiful family. I can't wait to hear all about your trip:)

Renee

Farrah said...

Where's Daisy's picture?

Very lovely family! Have fun skiing!

Steph said...

Love the photo of you and the composer. Beautiful.

Trudy said...

Beautiful family. I love how you highlight the strengths and uniqueness of each member. It inspires me to do better.

Pam said...

Lovely pictures of a lovely family! Have a wonderful vacation away.

Linda said...

what a gorgeous family!

Carole said...

Wonderful pictures, beautiful family! Hope you have a wonderful trip.

Just wanted to pop by and say that I made those Butterscotch Brownies to RAVE reviews. Thanks for the recipe - I think it will become an often-served item for all our college-age friends (my husband is campus staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in California).

Tracey said...

What a great grouping of pictures,, but where is Daisy?? It seems her pic is missing..was she being shy? They all look beautiful and full of joy. Congrats on a great family

Rose said...

Great to see the family pictures Anna. Giles is a talented young man.

Hill upon Hill said...

Nice to meet your family in another form. A few of us are being big and brave and revealing more.

YayaOrchid said...

What beautiful pictures, each and every one! All your children are gorgeous, but I have to say again, Giles looks the most like you, and little Daisy too. Clara and Felix look like the Composer.

becky said...

Time flies! They all grow up.Great family!! Everyone seems happily and fulfilled. Anna, thanks for your sharing!!

Scott and Kerri said...

This is my first visit to your blog and I love it!! You have a beautiful family. Your sewing projects are incredible! I love all your pictures, thank you for sharing. Have a great skiing trip.:)
Kerri

Randi said...

What a beautiful family. You're blessed.

Sarahlcc said...

The last photo is so beautiful.

A. said...

What a beautiful family! Your Clara certainly does have a serene face.

Allison

annamae said...

beautiful photos, I love that last one with the sun!

Meg said...

What a gorgeous family!

Heather said...

awesome pics!!

Linda said...

Beautiful pictures Anna!
Have an absolutely wonderful time.

Theresa said...

Where is Daisy?

Cathy said...

Your son takes wonderful photos.

Cathy

SpejoryMama said...

Gorgeous photos, Anna! Especially the ones with the sun behind you.

Jenn V

Lynn said...

It's been awhile since I have had time to travel around to all my favorite blogs. Beautiful pictures! Your entire family is beautiful. Well done on the photos!

Lynn

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