shines right through

As we finished taking photos, Emma sat with me as I scrolled through her images on my camera. She giggled and squealed with delight. “I love them!”

“It’s pretty simple,” I told her, “when you are a sweet girl with a kind heart it just shines right through the camera lens.”

“Ah,” she replied, “and the sweetness and kindness comes straight from my mom.”

That’s when her mom started to cry for the second time.

And this is where she first began to cry– looking at her freshly-turned-twelve girl full of poise and grace and beauty.

It’s easy to glimpse the beautiful woman she’s becoming; take your time, sweet Emma. Take your time.

March 9, 2010
March 13, 2010



  1. Sue

    March 12, 2010

    Wonderful photos! And I love the story around them, too. Thanks for sharing it.


  2. Chelle

    March 12, 2010

    And now here I sit,

    crying for the third time.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.. so much. What a gift you’ve given to us…capturing her so perfectly at age 12.

    Can’t wait to hug and thank you in person.

  3. Rachelle

    March 12, 2010

    Your photos are a gift to your readers. You really are amazing. Your writing is top notch and always draws me in. Thank you so much for sharing your heart.

  4. Tasha

    March 12, 2010

    What a sweet story and a sweet girl! It reminds me of this video.

    The sweet, pure young women of our church are truly a force to be reckoned with. It is amazing to feel of their goodness and the Spirit of the Lord that they carry with them. They are going to do amazing things in the world!

  5. Tracy

    March 12, 2010

    She is stunning!

  6. Sara Jane

    March 13, 2010

    What a gorgeous young girl. Love her spirit that you’ve captured.

  7. Claudia

    March 13, 2010

    Oh so gorgeous! Love every single one!

  8. Darlene Young

    March 18, 2010

    Made me cry too (it’s that kind of day). Ah, to have a twelve-year-old daughter think I’m a good mom . . .

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