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for the last three weeks, we’ve had family in town.
people whom we love dearly, but aren’t able to see often enough.
my little brother who is spending his third year teaching English in Korea.
my nephew with the most adorable southern drawl you ever did hear,
and his parents,
my brother and sister-in-law.
the boys great-grandparents,
and my sweet aunt from New Jersey.
my dad and his wife in from Peru.
the last time he was stateside, the little guy was just making his debut.
it’s been too long. really.
there’s been too much eating,
and nights & days filled with laughter,
and new memories.
I can’t remember the last time my boys
were so simultaneously
euphoric and exhausted.
life. is. good.
we are grateful
(just a little something from the treasure hunt through my dad’s old boxes last night…memories tucked away that instantly transport you back)
normal MZP goodies will resume soon.
I’ve been shooting, but not blogging while my family was here.
but there’s lots of goodness to share.
and so much shooting in the week ahead.
and back to school…
oh, it’s coming.
there’s loads of unpacking to do,
but I wanted to remind you about the
(they’re almost full!).
from the boys first Metro ride. see more from our trip over on Instagram (@melissazihlman) using hashtag #griswoldepicroadtrip2013. more coming to the blog soon!
you are a curious one.
full of wonder,
you carry on conversations
I sometimes forget
for the kisses,
to be so sweet
in the midst
of your usual chaos is
how you love us
and you brother -
goodness how you adore him.
it’s better than
I ever dreamed
God is great.
are the ultimate blessing.
he wanted rockets. and a park. and cookies.
he got them all, plus friends & family by the droves.
easiest party to date and so fun too!
shirt | the amazing Amanda at Hudson & Ruthie
cupcake toppers | my sweet client, owner of The Rolling Pin
cookies | my girl Rene at Bee’s Knees Creative
I am so honored to be a part of this project – living in the moment. It’s a group of talented photographers, documenting the most important moments – the big and little things that make their family unique. It’s about pushing ourselves outside the portrait box, looking for the details we sometimes are too busy to see. If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know those kind of pictures are my favorite, most treasured captures. My boys lives are best seen through the in between moments, and I consider it a blessing to be able to document their lives in such a way.
we’re calling it
the great flood of 2013.
a washing machine
five days of
lots of reminders
of the good
in our lives.
it was only
we’re all okay.
our friends & family are
and we are grateful.
the photog details: Canon EOS3 | tri-x 400 pushed (a lot, lol) + fuji 160c
and the iPhone dump.
and don’t forget to follow the circle to Stephanie’s blog…her work is always impressive!
it’s not my own idea,
it started with a Pin,
of the book Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
where there was mention of buying the book
and having each of your child’s teachers
at the end of the each year,
then gifting it upon high school graduation.
it sounded lovely.
what a story those little notes
but that book,
while adorable and popular
the right fit for us.
so the ex-librarian in me
set out on a hunt
for a tale
that told a story
that matched our story.
trusting your heart,
and loving people.
reminding our big boy
and seeking God’s favor
provide much more
than all the world’s riches.
a reminder to be humble,
and like some perfect amount of magic,
I found this…
and you should have seen the tears
as I flipped the pages.
it’s our family’s story,
the very basis of who we are
beautifully written and thoughtfully illustrated.
Remember your name. Do not lose hope — what you seek will be found.
Trust those that you have helped to help you in their turn.
Trust dreams. Trust your heart, and trust your story.
When you come back, return the way you came.
Favors will be returned, debts will be repaid.
Do not forget your manners.
Do not look back.
and so I sat
a blubbering mess
reading the words,
dreaming about what June 2025 will look like,
as the big boy sees this treasure for the
the book details: Instructions, by Neil Gaiman