there are many kinds of families, i tell my kiddos:
some families have one mommy and one daddy.
some families have two mommies, or two daddies.
some families have one child, or two children or 14 children.
some families have pets, while others don’t have any.
some families live in a house.
some live in an apartment.
some live in a city. some live in the country.
there are families who all live together in one place.
and there are families whose mommy and daddy get divorced,
so the mommy and daddy live in different places.
and the children spend time with both of them.
and I tell them:
the most important part of being a
and that means
we give lots of hugs and kisses
and laugh together
and play together
we work together
and do nice things for each other
and when we get mad, or sad or lonely or hurt
we help each other feel better.

you: are my favorite boy in the whole world

and you: are my favorite girl in the whole world
our family has been through a lot of changes this year
and even though it’s been tough, we have lots of love.
family = love


** Big thanks to photographer Erica Mayer for capturing these moments of love in our family. See more of Erica’s photography on her facebook page.

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18 Responses to “family = love”

  1. Monika says:

    Beautiful, simply Beautiful. What more can I say? (And yes, I do have tears in my eyes.)

  2. Mom of Two says:

    Very sweet.

  3. Dajon says:

    Aww…just what I needed after a night of my son getting up at 1am when I had to be at drill at 7am.

    Thank you for reminding me of why I work so hard and that my 1am calming session was just another opportunity for me to be a mommy to my baby.

    When he's all grown up and getting married, I won't be thinking about how much sleep I lost. I'll be remembering his little head on my shoulder, as his crying subsides…oh great, now I'm crying! =-) Thank you for your post!

  4. Kate says:

    Uh yeah… me too with the tears. You've beautifully captured the reality of family these days. Some of them are just not conventional, but regardless of how they are composed, love is the most important element and glue that holds them together.

    And don't forget those families with a Mom (or Dad) and a step-parent. I've come to realize that one of the finest and most selfless acts of love any person can show is to accept, love and help guide through life children that aren't their own.

  5. ~Kathie~ says:

    Beautiful pictures! And beautiful words about family!!

  6. says:

    That Family = Love photo is absolutely captured the essence of family no matter the dynamic, if you can hug, laugh and be together that equals family to me! Thank you for sharing. Oh your kids are absolutely adorable, but I can see where they get that from!

  7. Becky says:

    Such a great post!! Loved it. And you look amazing!

  8. MollyinMinn says:

    This was wonderful. What a wonderful piece for them to be able to look back at some day.

  9. Amber says:

    This is so, so beautiful. SO beautiful. I'm all teary now.

    And what gorgeous photos!

  10. Arik C. Hanson, APR says:

    Great pics, Missy. Love the shot of your daughter throwing the tantrum! 😉 Some great shots here that you will undoubtedly treasure forever.

  11. darcie says:

    Beautiful. Priceless. Perfect. So true…there is no one definition of fily….it is all defined by love. You are so very lucky to have each other. Xoxo

  12. LutherLiz says:

    I love this! Beautiful pictures, beautiful family, beautiful love!

  13. Rebecca says:

    Absolutely beautiful!!! You guys look like a family in love, indeed.

  14. trishatfox says:

    Well said, my dear. Well said.
    Gorgeous photos, too.

  15. InternMorgan says:

    precious doesn't quite cover how great this is!

  16. fritzfacts says:

    Just beautiful! The pictures and the words. So perfectly said!

  17. Katie says:

    These are so cute! The one of your daughter looking not so happy is so great. Glad to see she ended up happy with a lollipop 🙂

  18. Kim says:

    This is one of the most simplest yet incredibly meaningful posts I've read in sometime. I wish all parents would teach their kids about families this way. Imagine what an impact it could make – acceptance. Love the photos – beautiful!



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