Thursday, May 01, 2008

Mother's Day came early this year

The room was too quiet. I looked up from my keyboard.

She didn't even notice the camera. Completely absorbed in her own project.

She considers the placement of each daisy.

This is fun!

I think I'll put this right here.
She doesn't know that this vase belonged to her great-grandmother, for whom she is named Elise.

39 comments:

Nancy said...

So precious. She's obviously learned by watching her mama.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! What a powerful reminder that children are always absorbing what goes on in their environments!

On an unrelated note -- Meredith, I was wondering how you approach the decorating of a house from scratch. How do you go through a new house and determine what will go where, and what you
will need to buy?


Susanna

Kimberly said...

What a cutie! Happy May Day!

Anonymous said...

So, did you set up this project for her while you worked, or was she really doing this on her own?

Chief Family Officer said...

Aw, how cute! She's just like her mama.

Meredith said...

Oh, it was completely on her own. I think I had left this vase on the countertop.

You can tell these photos were not staged, because I would have brushed her hair first!

Meredith said...

Susanna, I've moved 5 times in 10 years. Most of our stuff goes from house to house. It takes me a few weeks to figure out the right placement.

In this house I had to buy a new room full of furniture--couch, chairs, etc.

I left it empty until I found the sofa at a thrift store. It was blue. So then I knew I could use two blue toile chairs from my sister's old apartment, stored at my mom's house.

Things just kind of fall into place once you determine the biggest piece.

Diane said...

She is too sweet. When did she change from a baby to a little girl?

Ewokgirl said...

That's just too precious! She's trying to be like her mama, which I happen to think is a very worthy endeavor.

Anonymous said...

All I can say is, "Like Mother, Like Daughter."
Mrs. L.

Amy said...

Oh my goodness! That is the sweetest thing!

Jeana said...

So sweet!

Honest to Ya~Ya said...

She is a wee angel!
So sweet!

I've read your blog and I might have commented weeks ago as Nanny. That was when I was between blogs. I've opened a new one now. Feel free to come see me any time! ♥

SK and Family said...

How sweet! What a perfect little partner to decorate with!
:)Kat

TJ said...

It just doesn't get any cuter than that! She's definitely been watching you and taking notes.

I am amazed that you were able to take the photos without her stopping. Mine never let me get away with it. One of them always notices and the picture perfect scenen is over.

Shannon@Idylwild said...

Meredith - I am tearing up looking at this. SHe is so precious and this was such a sweet reminder for me today. They really are always watching us, aren't they? Daughters will turn into their mothers...what better incentive to become who we want them to be?
She is growing so fast - I bet she'll be a great big sister:)

Anonymous said...

To me this show the old say of "the fruit does not fall far from the tree" to be true. She has been watching you, paying attention, and she will grow to be a "little you" before you know it. I can see her painting her room 6-8 times before she gets it the right color, or moving the furniture around at all hours. She is a darling. Thank you for sharing the pictures. What a blessing our children are to us. True gifts from the Lord. Roxie

AnnMarie said...

Your posts about flowers and vases has forced me to share another idea. Two weeks ago, visiting my MIL, the girls came in with periwinkle flowers for us--just the flowers, no stems. MIL set out a short but wide clear drinking glass with some water in it for them to use as a vase. As they started to fill it up, I realized how pretty the glass was partially filled with the purple flowers! (There were a few layers of them, so some were submerged. Won't last forever, but it still looked nice 2 days later when we left.)

Mrs. Pivec said...

Oh, Meredith, that second picture is my favorite!! :)

It would make such a charming drawing... so sweet.

Say, I just reviewed a book over at my blog, Doris Janzen's, Living More with Less, and have decided to start a read-along. Just thought I would invite you to join in if you like. No pressure though; I realize things are busy all around. It's just such an inspirational book I thought it would be fun. Stop by and have a look and join in if you like.

Blessings,
Nicole

gracemercyandpeace said...

precious!

dmeyers

Sarcastic Mom (aka Lotus) said...

I love this post.

Like Mommy, no? She's beautiful.

Elena said...

You two are going to have so much fun over the years... she is just like you!!

TracyMichele said...

OH MEREDITH! That is precious! I had tears watching that unfold.. and I am not even hormonal! LOL. Thank you so much for sharing that. Lovely, just lovely.

Martie said...

Simply beautiful. How precious. This post brought a smile to my face. She is adorable.

Blessings,
~Martie

My Boaz's Ruth said...

Wow. You let her play with such an antique!

Tubo Family said...

Adorable! Love the expression of concentration.

Applie said...

Is that not the sweetest thing. So beautiful.

Natalie from Nashville said...

Just precious, Meredith! And how wonderful that you were able to capture the moment for her to see many years from now.

Christi said...

What a precious moment - & such a sweet girl!

Cyndi Lewis said...

Like mother, like daughter! My girls bake because mom bakes. My son ties fishing flies because Dad does.

When you had to purchase things for a new room- where did you find your items? Did it all come together fast or did you have to wait for the perfect items to pop up at a price you wanted to pay?

Kari & Kijsa said...

Beautiful!

blessings,
kari & kijsa

Anonymous said...

Everything in it's place, I'd call that perfection!

Amy G. said...

How lovely that you captured it all on film! My daughter Caroline is named for my great-grandmother. I love family names.

artgirlATL said...

This is just too precious. How blessed we are to have these sweet little people in our lives.

Stacy said...

What a sweet moment you captured! I love her dress =)

Ann Kroeker said...

This girl is growing up knowing how to take her time and devote attention to detail in order to create something of beauty...and to celebrate the simple things.

What a tribute to the atmosphere of peace and, as I said, beauty, that you've created in your home.

I love it. I wish every child could grow up surrounded by such grace.

We try, but I think we Kroekers are too casual and messy. When the kids are creative here, it involves a lot more cardboard and duct tape, and as you can imagine, the results are far less charming.

todayisfun said...

I love how she is so absorbed in her project.

She is so focused! (And she is super cute, too.)

Good for you guys! Happy Mother's Day (early).

amy said...

ok, that is just too cute for words!!!

momof2girls said...

What a little sweetie! Thanks for sharing :-)