this is the quote I keep repeating to myself these days

“Women should be women and not babies that need petting and correction all the time. I know we like to be appreciated but if we do not get all the appreciation which we think is our due, what matters?”
Eliza R. Snow 1869 as quoted by Julie Beck.

Maybe this is all the validation I need.
April 12, 2010



  1. Claudia

    April 13, 2010

    LOVE THAT!!!!
    and you too for that matter. miss you.

  2. Sue

    April 13, 2010

    I related very much to those words as well. Not that I don’t like to be appreciated; I do!

    But the real validation has to come from inside (and above) anyway, right?


  3. crissy

    April 13, 2010

    That is a great quote. But I still want babied…just for today at least?

  4. jenjamin

    April 13, 2010

    That spoke to me too in SO many way! I just wrote a little piece for MW that touched on somethings she said too.

    Love it! Empowering!

    BTW.. I would love to know what lens you use?? I love all your photos.

  5. martha corinna

    April 13, 2010

    I just want appreciation maybe, once a month? Is that too much to ask?

    I know though. All the things that I do that are behind the scenes are important and it is ok if no one notices.

  6. Selwyn

    April 13, 2010

    I’m repeating that quote to myself too. Know that you are so appreciated way over here, with all my heart!

  7. ashli

    April 13, 2010

    appreciated this quote today! i am slowly realizing that i am who i am and i do what i do and nobody has to tell me it’s great or not!

    i needed this today!

    thanks….hope all is well.

  8. Jennifer

    April 13, 2010

    I love that quote. As an adult, it is my responsibility to do the right thing regardless of what anyone else around me is, or is not, saying. Not that it isn’t nice to be appreciated. 🙂

  9. Tifani says...

    April 13, 2010

    That is some pretty strong validation!! Your post makes me feel guilty for wanting more praise.

  10. Tracy

    April 14, 2010

    Damn(can I swear?) I needed that today!!! I don’t need to sit at the cool girls table to be validated.
    Love you!

  11. Michelle

    April 14, 2010

    Wasn’t the book the funniest?? HA! Love 2nd Graders, the spelling…their insights…hilarious!!

  12. Ashley

    April 14, 2010

    Seriously? That’s about the best photo I’ve seen in a looong time! Your family just warms my heart. I feel like I just watched an episode of Little House on the Prairie, which makes me get teary every time because of the dog-gone love in their family. :o) Thanks for sharing your darling family with us!

  13. Ashley

    April 14, 2010

    Oops, that last comment was from Rachelle, not Ashley. I guess she didn’t “sign out”.

  14. Travelin'Oma

    April 14, 2010

    I agree with Sue. I have to validate myself, because sometimes what I do is so unnoticeable, nobody notices. But it still matters. Looking around at the home, family and life we’ve created, we need to remind ourselves, “It is good.”

  15. Denise

    April 14, 2010

    The thing I love about Eliza Snow (and I love enough about her that I named my daughter after her…) is that so much in her life did not go the way she would have liked. And still, she persevered. There have been times in my life when I’ve thought, what would Eliza have done here? I’m quite sure that selfishness and special treatment did not factor in. She’s one of my heroes. Thanks for the great reminder today.

  16. Jan Russell

    April 15, 2010

    Such a tender photo – I love your crew!

  17. Rachelle

    April 15, 2010

    My daughter and I just spent some time zooming through a bunch of photos on your blog (we didn’t read each one, just gazed at the photos). She is inspired (who isn’t?) by your wonderful photography. It was fun to ooo and ahhh over them with her. Thanks!

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