Sunday, November 7, 2010

the bruised tutu

3 years ago, we received a very special gift.

isabella kristan entered this world on november 6, 2007. weighing over 9 pounds, she made her presence known from the start. she hasn't stopped since.

we immediately fell in love with our little girl. she enchanted us with her sweet disposition, her lovely lips, and those rolls she was born with and never quite lost.

she smiled early, and her days have been full of laughter and giggles. she is silly... always looking for a laugh.

she loves fiercely. people, animals, cookies.... she is passionate about life.

she is also a bit dramatic.... she is usually either laughing or crying- both of which come from the depths of her belly. there is very little in between for bella.

she loves to explore and do new things. as a baby she was into everything. she is the child to color on the walls and finger paint with her ketchup.

she may be the grubbiest little girl we've ever met. she is constantly covered in dirt, food....if she can get messy, she will.

she can also be rough and tumble. there is always a bruise somewhere on her body. someone suggested we call her the "bruised tutu" since she can often be seen wrestling in a dress.

she loves sweets. intensely. she's never met a cookie, cupcake, ice cream cone, or candy cane she doesn't like. i will find her hiding in the pantry sneaking something sugary at least once a week.

she is wildly independent. convinced she can do everything by herself. in her mind, there is no difference between her and her big brother. she is a "big girl" and telling her differently makes her very angry.

she LOVES her little sister. if she cries, she sings to her and gives her a binky. i often find her sitting in charlotte's crib, giving her toys and telling her "stories". she wants to feed her, change her, bathe her. i'll regularly look in my rearview mirror to see them holding hands.

and how she loves her brother. as much as they fight, she is passionately devoted to him. she thinks he is SO funny, and wants to say and do everything he does. and he takes care of her and protects her bravely. their little conversations and spontaneous hugs just melt your heart.

she loves to sing. she sounds like a drunk sailor, loud and off-key, but she is so happy. bible songs, songs from the radio.. she is not discriminating. just don't let her know you're watching or she'll get shy.

she loves jessie from toy story. coloring. helping in the kitchen. painted fingernails. reading books. the park. psalty. board games. mommy's lipgloss. princesses. ketchup. the color pink. her blanket and sleeping with stuffed animals. singing songs softly in her ear. snuggling after a nap. telling you her memory verses.

she is a girl that knows what she wants. as maddening a trait as this is in a 3 year old, i am glad God made her this way. i recognize how valuable this will be as she grows up, especially if what she wants is Jesus and to follow Him.

what joy she brings to us every day of her life. i cannot believe she has already 3, but i also can't remember life before her.

she reminds us to live with our own passion, to love deeply, and to laugh at everything. to feel the hurt and experience the joy.
oh isabella, how we love you.

oh darling don't you ever grow up, don't you ever grow up
just stay this little.
oh darling don't you ever grow up, don't you ever grow up
wish it would stay this simple.
i won't let nobody hurt you, won't let no one break your heart
and no one will desert you
just try to never grow up, and never grow up
(taylor swift)

-posted by mommy
professional photos by the amazing cori derksen (

Friday, November 5, 2010

Don't blink....

bella at the aquarium- november 2008- 12 months

charlotte at the aquarium- november 2010- 8 months

bella at the aquarium- november 2010- 2 years 363 days

they grow up before you know it.