it’s not just me,

everybody loves Brenda and her kids. Brenda is the strongest woman, most capable mother, kindest friend, purest heart and always, always the life of the party. You can read a little about her here but honestly, it should be a book.

Last week Brenda was over for dinner and in between singing and dancing in the kitchen and challenging my boys to chess and ping pong she sat down and listened to a dispute between Ben and me. And after weighing it out she said, “Sorry Michelle, you were clearly wrong.” And I love that about her; I love that she tells me the truth.

the cast of characters– Trevor 4: spunky, smart and incredibly compassionate. The hallmarks of Brenda’s parenting are kindness and compassion.

Porter, 9: The next lead on comedy central. And an AWESOME dancer. I tell you, the kid has moves.

Luke, 12: Can’t you see it in his eyes? Kind, humble, gentle. Let’s just hand over the entire free world to this kid in 30 years and we’ll all be fine.

Leisl, 15: Stefan tells me that every boy in the 9th grade takes turns at having a crush on Leisl. She’s the real deal– beautiful, talented and GOOD.

we’re printing up a different one– but this is my personal fav of Porter.

we tried a dozen different, creative poses for the family shot but agreed on this simple, yummy perfection. Look at Leisl– she just glows.

December 5, 2008
December 9, 2008



  1. Blue

    December 7, 2008

    wow. such glorious beauty and niceness all in one family? Should that even be allowed?

  2. Shannon & Eli

    December 7, 2008

    I can’t believe how old Trevor is getting. Unbelieveable. And Brenda is the nicest lady on the planet as well. Wehn ever I come back to the ward hardly anyone recognises me or welcomes me but Brenda, she’s all over it…Her and heather… both wonderful wonderful women!

  3. Claudia

    December 7, 2008

    We LOVE the Crumberts! Absolute beauties…inside and out! Leisl and Lukes eyes are stunning. Love ’em all M. Fantastic as usual.

  4. Linn

    December 7, 2008

    Beautiful pictures! I am so inspired by Brenda. That sure makes me want to be a better person. Thanks!

  5. twoelves

    December 7, 2008

    Beautiful Family and Gorgeous photos – is that the same orchard where you’ve taken others? It looks so different with the change in season – but still gorgeous.

  6. My Lucky Day

    December 8, 2008

    Does Brenda by chance have a blog? I would love to read more about her life and her wonderful outlook.

  7. Michelle

    December 8, 2008

    My Lucky Day– I WISH Brenda had a blog. She is truly amazing. Hmm, let’s see if we can talk her into it…

  8. Jan Russell

    December 9, 2008

    Does Brenda feel the least bit apologetic for looking like their sister in these photos, instead of the mom? GORGEOUS family!!! What beautiful, beautiful people!

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