Letters to our Children | February Edition

This is my first month participating in this blog circle. As a non scrapbooking, terrible memory mother I love that I get to remember something special each month. Especially since becoming a mother (and even worse when I started my business) unless something is written down, it is forgotten.

So, this month my images are all about my four year old’s rainy day eye doctor visit.

Head on over to my friend, Summer’s blog to view her amazing work. Ā She’s one of my favorites and consistently wows me with her images.

Dear Chick (your fabulous nickname),

I hate that you have to wear your glasses to see everyday. (And hate it even more that it took us until you were four to discover your supremely horrible vision.) I am sad for you that you need to wear a patch for three hours daily to “wake up” your lazy eye. I do enjoy that you wear your patch during our sacred “cuddle time” in the morning though. There’s nothing like your little warm body next to mine on these cold winter mornings while we watch “Curious George” together. Did I mention how I love cuddle time?

But, as much as I dislike that you have to wear glasses and your patch and visit the eye doctor every few months, I love what you’re seeing and doing now that you can actually, um, see. The day after you got your glasses you started writing your letters. You started learning your numbers. You started to want to read more. My guess is that with 20/200 vision you couldn’t see anything before (which again, breaks my heart). I love watching you learn and grow and see the world.

Plus, I really didn’t think it was possible for you to be any cuter. I was wrong. You in glasses is cuter. Really.

February 14, 2013 - 7:06 am

Ruth - Kate I LOVE this set! And what a wonderful idea! I especially love the one with her little rain jacket on šŸ™‚

February 14, 2013 - 9:09 am

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren”Grandma Cuddle Time” - […] Simply just a poem about grandmas cuddling their grandchildren and reliving a time when life was sim…their grandchildren and do not want to see them go into foster care if the parents can't take care of them. I ran across the poem below and thought I would share it. It makes me remember so many fond memories of my granny.I hope you enjoy it. GRANDMA Cuddle Time "I climb in Grandma's bed. Each morning, soon as I'm awake Before my prayer is said Or 'fore I'm ever dressed at all I climb in Grandma's bed. I put my arms about her neck She puts her arms 'round me And I just lie so comfy there While Grandma cuddles me. She talks to me so soft and low About this "clean, new day And what I'd ought to put in it. Of study, work and play. It really is the queerest thing But true as true can be It's easy to be good all day 'Cause Grandma cuddled me. […]

February 14, 2013 - 11:59 am

Andrea - I Love this so much!!! As mothers we tend to beat ourselves up a lot….. In a few years she’ll remember that you helped her see the bigger pictures… And they were mostly of her… Just beautiful

February 15, 2013 - 2:16 am

Letters To My Children | February - Rachel May | The Blog | Rachel May | The Blog - […] This post is part of a blog circle with a group of lovely photographers, be sure to click over on through! Next is the lovely Kate Parker. […]

February 15, 2013 - 2:24 am

Rachel May - Oh my good gravy, seriously I just want to jump through here and hug your little girl. I love the personality in these photos and the truth of your words. SO very very lovely. And you’re right, she’s too stinking cute with those glasses!!

February 15, 2013 - 5:02 am

Summer Murdock - Kate, seriously? I love what you do so much! That headstand shot…love…the first one is amazing…the catching rain shot..to die for. Sigh…love them all! And she really is adorable with or without her glasses. Always leave your work with my jaw dropped open a little!

February 15, 2013 - 3:37 pm

Rebecca Leimbach - As a person who has worn glasses since she was 2, I can honestly say that she looks kick ass in her glasses!!! Love all of these Kate, you are amazing!

February 15, 2013 - 4:03 pm

Carey Pace - The one with her tongue sticking out??? GLORIOUS. I love them all. How could I ever choose a favorite? I don’t know if you remember, but my Cora has also had to do glasses and a patch, though hers is from Exotropia and not Lazy Eye. We go back at the end of March to see if we have to start doing the routine again. We’ve been through it two times already. All of that to say, I relate to this struggle inside of you. And i’m so heartened to see how she has embraced her situation. She is such a beautiful and cute little girl. Such spunk comes out in these images. I wish I could see her in person to see if she matches the perfection I’ve created.

February 15, 2013 - 8:10 pm

jennifer warthan - precious, precious, precious!

These are just amazing images. Every one is art.

February 15, 2013 - 9:33 pm

Jordan Parks - just beautiful. the imagery and the letter is awesome.

February 15, 2013 - 11:30 pm

Elaine Melko - Always appreciate your collections of photos. Each one would be able to tell a story alone, but together we get the whole tale. You are so very talented. Glad to be part of this group with you.

February 16, 2013 - 1:08 am

Genevieve - Thank you for sharing. Im an hobby photog and eye doctor. I really like to see my work enviroment through the lens of other photographer.

Your girl is really cute with her glasses. Im always amazed how kids vision improve with glasses and patch therapy. Now she probably hate it but one day she will thank you for it.

Good night

GeneviĆØve GuĆ©rin, QuĆ©bec, Canada
PS. Sorry for my bad english, my first language is french!

February 16, 2013 - 1:50 am

Ginger Unzueta - Kate, it is such an honor to be participating in two personal projects with you this year. Your vision is just stunning.. I say it over and over again. Your daughter is so cute!!! I love each and every one of these images. I love the image so much with the arrow and her on her head!! so adorable!!

February 16, 2013 - 4:56 am

Rebecca - Oh Kate T. I just love your work so much! Love each and everyone of these. Your little one is such a doll. And those glasses…kill me now (that is my way of saying unbearably cute). XO

February 16, 2013 - 5:54 am

amy grace - she is a heartbreaker. and you, are a genius. it is that simple, but it just goes on and on. the way you approach a theme is so pointed and creative and tender at once. you are amazing and she is the most unbearably adorable child.

February 17, 2013 - 8:55 am

melissa - i love seeing her personality every single time you photograph her. you two make the best team. she is super fantastic, just like her mama. i adore this post so much.

February 17, 2013 - 7:19 pm

Debbie Wibowo - Holly molly, Kate! What an awesome images! Love the all…

February 17, 2013 - 10:12 pm

Shannan Lovelady - Kate,
I cried reading your letter. How badly we hurt as moms when our children hurt. I recognized Dr. Levine (our friend “Steve”, as he calls himself :)) in your beautiful photos. My daughter sees him, and we absolutely LOVE him!

I met you at your Showcase forum. I SO enjoyed meeting you, and you have inspired me to make the leap and turn my passion into a business. Thank you! Your work is so amazing!

February 17, 2013 - 10:49 pm

Annie Otzen - I am so in love with this blog post! That top photo is awesome!

February 19, 2013 - 4:34 pm

celeste jones - i love how you document your children’s lives. i love your letter to chick.

February 23, 2013 - 1:19 am

Life with Kaishon - She really is the absolute cutest thing. I love her glasses.

March 19, 2013 - 4:19 am

Letters To My Children | February » Rachel May - […] This post is part of a blog circle with a group of lovely photographers, be sure to click over on through! Next is the lovely Kate Parker. […]

March 28, 2013 - 8:42 pm

Hannah Mayo - Heartbreaking and so sweet at the same time. I just adore the headstand, and the arrow. (and sorry it has taken me so long to come and comment on this!)

April 1, 2013 - 6:58 pm

Catherine Yemm - My favourite set of all of your photos. This could be our daughter complete with sticky eye patches, orthopedist appointments, wild hair and that cheeky crazy streak. The best set of photos I have ever seen, words can’t describe how much I love them!