Sunday, June 21, 2009

Contest submission #13: Aviendha and her family

"Three times Jess has graced my home to capture the light of my child.

Once as a tiny infant barely strong enough to lift her own head. Jess captured both her minuteness and (to my surprise) the softness of new motherhood.

Once as a toddler celebrating her first year, gleefully charging down the driveway on her own two feet. Jess captured this glee and (to my dismay) the evidence of our broken marriage, two proud parents sitting awkwardly together for a family photo.

Once as a two year old, in charge of herself and the world. Jess captured her independence and (to my extreme delight) the reminder that our broken marriage is not broken but a new kind of family: with new form, texture, and solidity. A family shaped differently than most, to be sure, but a family nonetheless, with parents and child loving each other deeply, spread out across multiple homes, and welcoming new people into the circle we call family.

It is with a joyfully bursting heart that I look at this, one of my favorites, of the three of us. Because Jess unwittingly tracked not just the growth of our child, but the growth of a family into what it is today: happy.

-SerahRose"

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38 comments:

Heather said...

I love this photo & all of the photos of Avi & SerahRose!

Christopher Webb said...

I love these photos of SerahRose and Avi!!!

Anonymous said...

Yaaa Aviendha and your family!!!

Leann said...

SerahRose, thank you for that post. It's a great reminder for another un-average family. Beautiful people. Beautiful picture.

Linda said...

what a lovely photo of you all!!

Melissa said...

Adorable!!!

Gramma Shannie said...

This is one of my favorites too! And, I agree, that she has captured the essence of the family that cherishes deeply that Avi-do!

Elliott said...

Thanks SerahRose, your comments give hope to someone going through that changing of the family! Avi is beautiful!

Alison said...

Gorgeous photo! Gorgeous family!

Anonymous said...

That poem is so well done. Not only are you an actress but you are also a poet as well. Keep on writing.

Sara M.

Anonymous said...

I vote for SerahRose!

Anonymous said...

I vote for SerahRose!

Ellie said...

Yay Avi and SerahRose!

Anonymous said...

Adorable picture

Mark B. said...

Great photo of three great people. They get my vote!

PaPa Bear said...

Of course I vote for our wonderful family!

Marissa said...

Beautiful picture.

Lauren said...

One vote for me! Love this picture :)

Wes said...

One vote from the Wes-man :)

Aunt Pam Roth O'Mara said...

Great photos, great niece SerahRose, and her terrific daughter, Avi!

Zemilia said...

You guys are beautiful. What a great capture of how you feel about Avi!

N said...

I vote for Avi and her happy smile!

Teresa Huang said...

I love seeing pictures of your family!

Jessica-Star said...

I really adore this photo--it's an amazing photo of a child and a family moment. Very precious.

plindemann said...

Avi-in-the-air captures a glee we should all occasionally feel!

Laura said...

Love it! Beautiful in every way.

Stacey said...

What a beautiful and evolved way of looking at your experience SerahRose!

PeptoPinkBoots said...

Gorgeous picture. Happy people make my life.

Angela said...

Too cute!

Anonymous said...

Great Photo!!

Anonymous said...

The photo is beautiful, and the accompanying text is enlightening. I never thought of it that way.

Anonymous said...

Love the pic and the story behind it. Great smile!

Anonymous said...

I have this photo on my fridge because it's so wonderful! And because I love SerahRose and Avi ;-)

Jamie said...

Love it!!! It's a great photo of the 3 of them!!

neat said...

Cousins Sheri and Chuck hope you win. Excellent photo. Love to you and Avi!

Rebecca said...

Wonderful photo fo the three of you! And I love your description of it Serah Rose....

kjo said...

adorable picture. you can see how happy avi's little world is.

Natasha said...

Beautiful picture!