a walk around the block

Every day, and usually twice a day, Mary nestles her babies into the stroller, tucks her hair into a ponytail and announces, “I’m taking my babies for a walk.”

Neither seeking nor accepting company, she ventures out alone and arrives home ten minutes later joyful and proud. And what better place to stretch her boundaries than under the safe, watchful eyes of all our sweet neighbors?


She didn’t want me to follow her; but on a perfect June evening, how could I resist?


Skipping up the hill,


(she knows she’s cute)


past the Bills and the Storheims, almost to the Herrschers and the Jarvis’– all people who adore my little girl and wish the best for her


sometimes she’s silly and lets the carriage roll ahead


but mostly, she’s a perfect little mommy


freckles and all.
June 9, 2011
June 17, 2011



  1. Claudia

    June 13, 2011

    Oh that Mary is a precious one. Do you think they make that dress in my size?

  2. Tracy

    June 14, 2011

    Oh she is lovely. And look at that hair!!!! LOTS! xo

  3. Cath

    June 14, 2011

    I adore this post. And Mary too. Makes me want to take my babies for a walk. So glad you created this today. I love you.

  4. Selwyn

    June 14, 2011

    Freckles are awesome. Like Miss Mary.

    So cute!

  5. Kevin

    June 14, 2011

    of course she’ll be the perfect mom–she has you to learn from in every way. that’s why i picked out that shirt for her at petit bateau when she was just a toddler 🙂 love you.

  6. Kevin

    June 14, 2011

    that comment was actually from me, Kit, but Kev loves you too 🙂

  7. Kristin

    June 16, 2011

    From my 2 year old: Who is that girl? I don’t know her.

    Me: Her name is Mary.

    Her: Can she come to our house? Maybe next time she could come to our house. How about tomorrow?

    So it appears that Mary has a new fan, and were she here she would have a little shadow. This fourth daughter of mine loves dresses and dressing up, and pushing her babies in the stroller too.

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful daughter with us.

  8. martha corinna

    June 16, 2011

    I love it.

  9. Jess

    June 27, 2011

    That post makes me ache to find a place like that. A neighborhood where I can be at peace with my daughters taking their dollies for strolls and knowing they would be safe. That other families would love them so much they would look out for them too.
    Lucky you.
    Beautiful girl.

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