the meadow

On a fresh May morning I met Jessica and Sarah in the meadow with their baby girls. They pulled out handmade dresses and fussed over the babies, coaxing them to smile and shielding their faces from sunburn. And it was delicious just to be with them, to admire their little ones and drink in their joy.

Sarah and Jessica are sisters, and as Jessica suffered infertility and then a failed adoption, Sarah buried her first child– a baby boy. They know pain.

And now, they live near each other and near their mother and darling sister Mary and they spend happy afternoons playing with the babies, sewing pretty dresses and taking long walks (mixed in with working and laundry and all that). They are in one of life’s meadows– the peaceful happy haven between dry deserts and rocky mountain passes (read Blue’s beautiful essay here).

Only a fool rushes through the flowers and orchards to tackle the next peak. You must roll through the dandelions with grass tickling your legs and fluff filling your ears and know, you must lie beside a stream and witness tadpoles transforming into frog, you must pluck apples from low hanging branches and eat them in the sun with juice dripping from your elbows.

This little white chair is the “ice cream chair” where Audrey and Sofia’s great-grandmother sat as a little girl to churn ice cream.

Jessica didn’t want to be in any photos but how could I resist this one? She’ll thank me later. 😉

I love a serious baby.

May your meadow be sun soaked and glorious.
July 23, 2009
August 1, 2009



  1. Jessica

    July 29, 2009

    Oh Michelle, I am in love with these! You truly have a gift, and you amaze me. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Can I be like you when I grow up???

    I’m jealous of Sarah getting to work with you and think you two will be fabulous in YWs! Lucky, lucky girls!


  2. Selwyn

    July 29, 2009

    Awww, that last line! I love it!!!!

    Makes me all warm and soaky inside… Thank you!

  3. Tracy

    July 29, 2009

    Lovely, Michelle. You are so Lovely.

  4. duchess

    July 29, 2009

    How sweet are those babies?!
    Beautiful job.

  5. Christie

    July 29, 2009

    Gorgeous, my friend.

  6. Blue

    July 29, 2009

    When i first opened your blog and saw the title of your post, I was immediately transported back to last summer, when I had such a blissful experience in my own, private meadow. I think that time was a start of a lot of change in me. Fast forward a year and reflect back over all that has happened since, and i feel it must be true.

    then i looked at how big the baby girls have gotten since i saw them last, and enjoyed the ability you have with capturing light in your subjects, and then i got to the bottom and saw your reference, which caught me by surprise. thanks for the shout out. i hope your get-away goes well! let me know if i can help with anything!

    ♥ you M

  7. Jeanelle

    July 29, 2009

    The color in these photos is just amazing…almost as amazing as the dark-haired baby’s eyelashes. Incredible…love you.

  8. Jan Russell

    July 29, 2009

    Beautiful, beautiful little girls!

  9. Alyson (New England Living)

    July 30, 2009

    Your lovely words make me want to cry. You’re so poetic!

    The photos are joyous! Love them, as always!

  10. martha corinna

    July 30, 2009

    Beautiful, beautiful!

  11. Brooke and Dustin Jackson

    August 1, 2009

    oh my.

    this whole post was so stunning…

    thank you.

    and where on earth is this gorgeous meadow????

    and are you really no longer taking photos??
    because i yearn to have you snap some shots of my little family… and then i might possibly get the chance to meet you too!


    your posts always leave me smiling… and usually a tear drop or two as well.

    i love your blog

    thanks michelle,


  12. Reluctant Nomad

    August 4, 2009

    Prayer for today–‘God, can I just have ONE girl so that I can visit Michelle and dress her in all of Mary’s dresses? Please?’

  13. Reluctant Nomad

    August 4, 2009

    Prayer for today–‘God, can I just have ONE girl so that I can visit Michelle and dress her in all of Mary’s dresses? Please?’

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