I never had any doubts about marrying Erik, not a moment of anxiety or cold feet. Rather, I left the temple with the thought, “I can’t believe I got away with it. He actually married me!”

But I didn’t know, couldn’t have known, how lucky I was to become part of his extended family. Erik’s cousins, aunts, uncles are the most interesting, fiercely independent people. Every time I sit down with one of his cousins I think, “This is a person I would have chosen as a friend.” And it makes me love Erik just a little more.

So I couldn’t resist taking photos of Erik’s cousin Suzanne, her husband Dan and their miracle baby, Abigail. Suzanne is quiet, thoughtful, intelligent and




And a few in the orchard…

November 10, 2009
November 17, 2009



  1. Jeanelle

    November 17, 2009

    I adore the pic of Abigail with the green apples. What a face.

  2. Sue

    November 17, 2009

    Wow, great pics. And she is a cutie! (Parents ain’t bad, either…)


  3. Heidi

    November 17, 2009

    These are really beautiful, Michelle

  4. Christie

    November 17, 2009

    I pray that life settles down for you enough that you get back to this on a regular basis. Just gorgeous.

  5. grammy lisa

    November 18, 2009

    You are a beautiful photographer & writer. I am your neighbor on the other side of the creek…Alisa Motzkus

  6. grammy lisa

    November 18, 2009

    You are a beautiful photographer & writer.

  7. Jan Russell

    November 18, 2009

    Okay. The rooster? How can the orchard get any more perfect then that??? Such gorgeous people, such amazing photos – woW!

  8. Claudia

    November 18, 2009

    Where have you been hiding?

    That baby is so scrumptious. I want to give her a squeeze. Just beautiful, every one.

    Miss you!

  9. jgalke

    November 18, 2009

    Oh how I’ve missed your incredible baby/family pictures. Awesome.

  10. Tracy

    November 18, 2009

    What a beautiful family!! Your photos are magical.

  11. duchess

    November 18, 2009

    Beautiful & the chicken is too funny.

  12. Sarah

    November 18, 2009

    the green apples + baby … I want to eat that photo up! so adorable!

  13. Coach A.

    December 9, 2009

    Oh my goodness!!! Michelle, you really captured the love, beauty, and magic family is all about. Super, super photos!!! —- and what a wonderful little family 😉

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