Enjoying the Friday Things


Blue skies and breezy palms that hang outside the windshield like a perfect snowglobe wonderland. Her arched back that stretches up from her toys in search of my voice. Fabulous heels with jeans…on a Friday…just because. A pool full of boys that scream and holler and laugh and push each other off the big tube that floats like an island from shallow to deep, deep to shallow. And the little tube just for me because my feet begged me to take them for a dip, and I obliged. A killer $5 clearance tee from Marshalls that’s soft and hugs in all the right places. Afternoon baths with citrus ginger bubbles and my little companion who swaddles into soft terrycloth post suds like perfection. Hot orange peel tea, steeped for two and a half minutes, sipped slowly in the sun. The soft milky skin of pudgy feet. The deep stare of chameleon eyes that beg me to know more about her. Clearing the heap of clothes mess off the dresser to reveal rich wood and pretty treasures beneath…like winter’s snow finally melting to unveil lush grass below. Witnessing a rare bottle feeding, sister style–rough and gentle at the same time. The magic of the little sprite sleeping. Maryjanes. And behold…the first time in a year…a hair cut. A real one–not the kindergarten Fiskars job I give myself every couple months. A babysitter and a quiet drive. A head massage and the half-asleep trance I fall into to the accompaniment of *snip*snip*snip*. And the best? Sleek glossy ends that fall softly against my shoulder. Ends that don’t look like a cat chewed on them. Bliss, Baby.

(Ask for Nidia at Naples’ L’Image. She’s never let me down.)

And Lainey spent much of the day with Grandma Colleen today, so the bunny and I quietly sank into Lover’s Land where time melts like cotton candy…time that is spent nursing and cooing and photographing her trillion expressions so that I don’t forget a one. I watch her like a movie, drinking her in sip by sip. She is delicious.



Peek-a-boo little almond eye.







These funny faces send Lainey into fits of belly-shaking toddler laughter. “Baby ‘ella so funny,” she says.




Dessert, I tell you. Spooning-the-last-drips-of-goodness-from-the-bottom-of-the-bowl delightful.


Happy Weekend.


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  1. Gorgeous!

  2. Kaitlin Cole says:

    That baby of yours. Her eyes are beautiful. I love this and your celebration of her as your sweet baby girl. Thank you for letting me part of Nellas life.

  3. Anonymous says:

    These photos might be your best ever, and that’s saying something!! Nella is pure bliss. Your writing is pure bliss.

  4. Last few photos PRICELESS. All I do is smile reading your blog. Thanks for that!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful. Just beautiful. Ahhh..

  6. Anonymous says:

    Nella is just an amazing baby! Adorable in every way possible. Lucky you Kelle!

  7. sooooooooo stinkin cute!!!! i want a baby girl!!!!! =)

  8. Anonymous says:

    Ahhhhhhhhh so angelic and sweet ! Gorgeous photos !

  9. Happy Weekend to you too Kelle! Geese, I love your blog and I love little Nella and those beautiful almond eyes! I love the collage, but whenever I read your posts I am loving it!

  10. my face hurts from smiling so hard…seriously that is one charming little nella…if you bottled that smile i am convinced it is the stuff that stops wars and brings world peace. ♥

  11. Anonymous says:

    Nella has the bluest eyes. Do you edit them or are they that color. I wish I could take pictures as well as you.

  12. I had to giggle looking at the picture with the monkey. Just too cute.

  13. Great photos. I’m hooked!

  14. nella is getting so big and her big sister is doing such a GREAT job!

  15. Your pictures are beautiful!

  16. Omg, those are the cutest pictures ever! The fish lips, love those!! Pictures are such a treasure. I photograph my twins everyday.

  17. bells.
    i. miss. you. and those babies soooooo much my tummy hurts.
    pics are so beautiful. happy you got that haircut ’cause those head massages are the best.

  18. What beautiful photos of Nella… what a beautiful little girl.

  19. Love the pictures, Kelle! They just make my heart smile. The sock monkey is great next to your littlest princess:) Cool flag counter too. Wow, you have “gone global”…you go girl! Happy weekend! Sending a big hello from Michigan…where it has been one beautiful summer!

  20. Hi Kelle,

    I haven’t commented before – but I have been reading your blog for the past few months. I LOVE the pictures of your beautiful girls and I love the emotion of your writing. I always look forward to your next post :)

    Love the fish lips pictures <3


  21. I ave an 11 month old (& a 4yr old) and it’s so hard to look at another baby and thing “Omgosh she’s sooo yummy” but I honestly do think that when I see the pictures of Nella. Nell IS yummy!

    We’re those first pics taken with hipstamatic? I wasted almost a whole itunes gift card buying all the films and lenses for that app. I love it!

  22. Happy weekend!

  23. that is one cute, sweet bunny :)

  24. Ok this cold medication made me a seriously BAD speller, lol. Sorry for that.

  25. WOW! With tears, happy tears…

  26. Anonymous says:

    Friday! I found myself reading a sentence and scrolling up the the picture collage, reading another sentence, checking back in on the collage, etc! Love it!

    And…come on now…the pictures of Nella are too much! Love her!

    Jill B (Overland Park, KS)

  27. Okay I am in love with Nella, seriously there is a wisdom and a deep knowledge behind those beautiful eyes.
    Just behind that gorgeous baby face is an expression I can’t quite put my finger on but she definitely knows something the rest of us don’t. Pure magic!

  28. kelle. she IS delicious! you are blessed to have her…and we are blessed to have you. thank you! :)

  29. Sooooooooooo precious. The fishy-face pics made my ovaries hurt :)

  30. Thanks for today’s post! :o) Love love LOVED the pictures. Nella is so stinkin’ cute!

  31. Just Magical.
    Thank you!

  32. Look at those blue eyes!!! So enchanting!

    And I’m glad I’m not the only one who waits a year between haircuts. I never mean for it to work out that way, but life takes over and it seems unimportant when I can hack at the edges on my own!

  33. Beautiful does not even begin to describe that little girl of yours.

    Enjoy the weekend and all those fabulous little things

  34. How lucky are you! Beautiful picture’s

  35. Happy weekend to you Kelle!! Happy, happy weekend.

    PS those heels are fantastic and so is the new shirt : )

  36. seriously?
    wow, i am leaving here with a serious, serious case of baby fever now. : ) this is one gorgeous little lady! and wow…what a great Friday!

  37. Love it! I did the same thing about reading, scrolling up, repeat…I love the way you capture Nella’s expressions and she is so precious.

    I’m so sorry to add to your list of questions, but pretty please can you tell us or add to your FAQs how you make the collages upload to your blog? through photobucket? I loved the lighting or the look of all the pics in the collage. Happy Weekend to you and yours.

  38. Shari H says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the fishy faces and the smiling and just the pictures of Nella. The picture you have of Lainey sleeping is pure angelic bliss!!!!!!!

  39. Your daughters are very beautiful.
    They are lucky having a great mom like you!

  40. Absolutely gorgeous pictures, Kelle!!

  41. PS…I loved your line about the bottle feeding. sister style–rough and gentle at the same time. Molly is almost 5 months and I’m still waiting for Anna Cate to truly “get” being gentle. I look at your pics and think Lainey seems really gentle.

  42. Annemarie says:

    just came across your blog a few weeks ago and i’m hooked! your pictures of Nella are priceless, she’s gorgeous!

  43. Kelle, I was in a bad mood, having a pity party…and I went straight to your blog for a pick-me-up. Nella’s beautiful smile, your wonderful words, and your music made it all better, even if just for a moment. Thank you.
    This is (one of many of) Nella’s purpose: to put smiles on the face of people around her, who know her and love her, who don’t know her and love her. And remind us that everything is ok. <3

  44. Kate =) says:

    LOVE the shot where Nella is propped up on her hands with the sock monkey. She looks a lot like Lainey in that shot! Awesome post!

  45. This lovely baby has personality plus!! It is so much fun watching her grow – thank you for sharing your babe with us!

  46. Oh my goodness, she is precious!

  47. I’ve been reading your blog ever since sweet little Nella was born, but this is the first time I’ve gotten around to commenting.
    Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog, and how beautiful your girls are! So sweet :)

  48. Nella’s funny faces make my heart smile.

  49. Oh, how I love Nella’s smiles and sky blue eyes…heaven is in there! What a precious baby! Thank you, Kelle, for sharing her with us! :)

  50. I love her kissy lips. Way too cute.

  51. Oh my gosh – Nella sucking on her lips is too cute for words. I’ve got nothing, so stinkin’ cute!!!

    Love them.


  52. Nella makes my heart smile!! She’s absolutely gorgeous!!!

  53. I always look forward to your posts and this one, like all others, didn’t disappoint. Your girls are gorgeous and I love love love your writing. Have a fabulous weekend!

  54. Anonymous says:

    you are a tease! :) you tell us you got your hair cut and then don’t even give us a peek. can’t wait to see it. have a blessed weekend

  55. Oh happy Nella… loving the funny faces… cuteness overload! I got my haircut yesterday too… a real one it had been nearly a year since my last “real” cut. Loving my new sassy hair. And seriously, the hair wash, head massage really is one of the most delicious things ever!
    Happy weekend.

  56. She is the most adorable little thing, I just wnat to pick her up and cuddle her…

  57. Kelle,
    When I saw this post on my dashboard I originally thought that the image that accompanied it was a shadow-box of shells.
    I live by the beach and enjoy seeing others collections so was anticipating seeing lots of cream and pink wonders.
    How wonderful to be surprised and delighted by these bright images of sunshine and happiness of you and your girls….pure serendipity!
    x Felicity

  58. God, that baby’s so gorgeous!

  59. I love all these new pix of Nella. She’s so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your girls and your life with us…I look forward to each and every update!

  60. seriously? she’s beautiful. absolutely beautiful. the pictures make my heart smile.

  61. Anonymous says:

    I read your blog ALL the time and love love love the gorgeousness that is Nella and Lainey.

    This is my must reads of the day, it sets me up with a smile and a happy heart.

    Have a super weekend.

    Lili x

  62. Nella is just stunning! And can’t wait to see your new “do”…I’m off to the stylist tomorrow too….LONG overdue and such great “me” time. Have a GREAT weekend!

  63. I love your sweet baby’s almond shape eyes. They look like my sweet Emma Grace’s eyes. I love love love the picture with her laughing from above. She is beautiful. I get to sit in that wonderful chair tomorrow and get a little cut and color, Yeah!!!!!

  64. There is only one word I can grace this beautiful post with:


    Everything. Every picture, every word, every child, every almond eyed stare, every puckered lip, every moment.

    Just, lovely.

  65. she is sooo cute!!! i love the one of her and the monkey with that funny little face!

  66. Mommy of Two Girls too says:

    Gorgeous pics!! Nella has the cutest expressions. Loving the fishy lips!! I want to see your hair, Kelle!! 😉 I need to go sit in that chair, too…quickly!
    Happy Weekend!! YAY!

  67. G O R G E O U S !

  68. Anonymous says:

    Ugh…she’s perfect. She’s so stinkin perfect! As a mom of two, I think my babies are beautiful…but you lady, you have some little perfect ones also. Your blog makes me smile every day. I can’t go a day without it! Thanks for helping me smile at the little things!

    mama of two, Rochester, MI

  69. LOVE that Hipstamatic app!!! I use mine all the time, too!!

  70. You’ve probably already seen this man’s blog, but when I read this post, I thought about your little Nella.


    This next post is about a young man who educates his mom and those around him about not having Down’s syndrome all time.


  71. Anonymous says:

    I am so very touched by your thoughts since you are not contrived or fake – you are just Kelle – unique in every way. You provide inspirational honesty. I am including a poem from my childhood that I am afraid will be forgotten. I am sharing my love of these sweet little words with you so hopefully you will find what was given to me many years ago in the Garden of Shut-Eye Town.


    by: Eugene Field (1850-1895)

    Have you ever heard of the Sugar-Plum Tree?
    Tis’ a marvel of great renown!
    It blooms on the shore of the Lollipop sea
    In the garden of Shut-Eye Town;
    The fruit that it bears is so wondrously sweet
    (As those who have tasted it say)
    That good little children have only to eat
    Of that fruit to be happy next day.

    When you’ve got to the tree, you would have a hard time
    To capture the fruit which I sing;
    The tree is so tall that no person could climb
    To the boughs where the sugar-plums swing!
    But up in that tree sits a chocolate cat,
    And a gingerbread dog prowls below–
    And this is the way you contrive to get at
    Those sugar-plums tempting you so:

    You say but the word to that gingerbread dog
    And he barks with such terrible zest
    That the chocolate cat is at once all agog,
    As her swelling proportions attest.
    And the chocolate cat goes cavorting around
    From this leafy limb unto that,
    And the sugar-plums tumble, of course, to the ground–
    Hurrah for that chocolate cat!

    There are marshmallows, gumdrops, and peppermint canes,
    With stripings of scarlet or gold,
    And you carry away of the treasure that rains
    As much as your apron can hold!

    So come, little child, cuddle closer to me
    In your dainty white nightcap and gown,
    And I ‘ll rock you away to that Sugar-Plum Tree
    In the garden of Shut-Eye Town.

    “The Sugar-Plum Tree” is reprinted from Poems of Childhood. Eugene Field. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1904.

  72. She is so beautiful.

  73. She is so beautiful.

  74. Love the pursed lips with the sock monkey!
    Oh Nella-Baby I wanna snuggle you…

  75. Oh that baby is soooooo adorable!!! I want to eat her up!!!
    I am so thankful i came across your blog – brings big smiles to my face!!

    Thanks for sharing!!

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  77. I sit here this morning reading your blog with my little girl on my lap…and as i keep scrolling back and forth thru all of these amazing pictures my 3 year old says “ooohh mommy. she’s beautiful.” how right she is. nella is remarkably beautiful.

  78. Anonymous says:

    You have a beautiful daughter and you both are lucky and blessed to have each other. Her photos indeed make me smile. Beautiful!

  79. Anonymous says:

    I love checking your blog every day and hoping for a new update, then getting so excited when there is one!! :) Someone directed me to your blog to read Nella’s birth story and then I went back and started at the very beginning and read every single post. I love your very entertaining writing style and the beautiful pictures you take! You are a beautiful mama with gorgeous little girls!! Hope you have a great weekend!! Love from Ontario! ~Andrea

  80. Oooh!

    That face!

    That beautiful face of both Nella and Lainey and Momma too!


  81. OH Nella…………too beautiful for words. LOVE LOVE the last few pics.


  82. She is so beautiful. I am entranced. You could eat her without the need for any chocolate sauce. 😉

  83. OK seriously…she is beyond beautiful…those eyes…that smile…as you said…a bowl full of delicious! Your pics make me smile!

  84. Well, I am sitting in a McDonalds using their WiFi up here in Gaylord, Michigan on a drizzly Saturday morning…but the place just brightened up when I saw my lovelies. And I see a comment from someone in Rochester, MI…where I live and love life! Can’t wait to see you, and babysit for you…selfishly wanting you to leave me alone to enjoy the girls! And boys if they are around! Have a wonder filled weekend–I know you will!

  85. Well, I am sitting in a McDonalds using their WiFi up here in Gaylord, Michigan on a drizzly Saturday morning…but the place just brightened up when I saw my lovelies. And I see a comment from someone in Rochester, MI…where I live and love life! Can’t wait to see you, and babysit for you…selfishly wanting you to leave me alone to enjoy the girls! And boys if they are around! Have a wonder filled weekend–I know you will!

  86. Love love love the funny face pictures. Oh how I love on and laugh at my baby’s expressions and antics; even if I do nothing else, my day has been complete.

    Enjoy your weekend!

  87. Beautiful little banditti:)

  88. I could eat Nella up!!

  89. Those pics of Nella are over the moon beeeautiful!

  90. Anonymous says:

    Poetic..Loving..and Beautiful. Your children, and your words. So glad to be able to read your little book in daily incriments.

    My little rabbit is due in November. Our first. I think I shall burst with excitement. It is a girl. :)

  91. get out, I just bought those same socks at target yesterday to make leg warmers too! =)

  92. oh and love love love the first montage of photos looking all vintage-y…and especially love how on the blogger dashboard at first glance it looks like a picture of a box of bon bons. hehe =)

  93. Ahhh, I couldn’t agree more, ‘Ella baby sure is funny! AND possibly the direct cause of a baby fever epidemic, you might need to quarantine her, ’cause I don’t think there’s a vaccine to stop it! ;o)

    Great post! Thank you!

  94. So beautiful – every word, every picture, every thing. Thank you for sharing this with me. Wishes for a very happy weekend to you!

  95. I love your grateful heart. So contagious. Now I’m thinking of every little thing I’m thankful for:) Those funny face pics are just the best. She is soooo adorable.

  96. Kelle, I so wish I could have your positive attitude. Those smiling while sleeping pictures are always my favorite!

  97. Oh, she is totally squishable and BEAUTIFUL!

  98. ,,,triple love the fish lips,,,she is divine,,,

  99. What wonderful pictures. Beautiful blue eyes that little one has. I have just blogging around this morning and found your blog. I also am enjoying the music on your site as I read. Thank you for letting me visit.

  100. These are my favorite Nella pictures yet – they actually made me teary they are so precious and funny and cute! LOVE her! Thanks for sharing!

  101. Little Fishy Lips are the BEST!!!

    Adorable Baby Ella!!!!

  102. Anonymous says:

    I visit your blog every day…several times on some days – disappointed when you haven’t added something new – but also realistic about and thankful for your time that you already share so willingly with me. I want to go back in time and stop to enjoy my now-adult children with the intention you have with your sweet ones. I want to capture the moments on my camera that you are doing, so that now, when their faces are busy with children and jobs, I could revisit the magical times you are capturing. How in the world did you know at such a young age, just how important these moments are? How did you know just how fleeting they are? Fortunately, there are grand children and another chance to let the cleaning go while I cook with them – while I play in ways I didn’t know back then! Thanks so much for the joy you share.

  103. What a beautiful and funny girl your Nella is.

  104. Okay the tight eyed Nella smile melted my heart, but then I get to the fish faces and I’m in a puddle on the floor. OMG there is nothing sweeter in the entire universe!!

  105. That baby ‘ella just gives me the smiles! SO sweet!

  106. I don’t know… I keep wondering if your kids can be any cuter????? OMG, Nella, and her facial expressions! I wish I knew you guys in person, so that I can come visit and SQUEEZE her! Both of them!

  107. Love Nella´s smile!

  108. Love the sweet faces!! Beautiful.

  109. Suvannah and Bravery says:

    I check your blog every morning. and everytime there is a new post, I am happy!
    You have such positive ways of speaking and its lovely.
    The new pictures of Nella are beautiful. What a beautiful soul she really it!

  110. Beautiful pictures! Love the fishy lips!

  111. happy weekend to you, dear friend!! i am in love with the fourth to last pic of the bean … you know the fishy face one. that little girl of your is just delicious … edible!! and the iphone collage, loved that, too!! and on the topic of relaxing at the salon, good for you!!

    ps – lainey feeding her baby sister, adorable!!

  112. damn she is precious! i have said it 100 times, but i just adore her!

    thank you for making my Saturday ten billion and one times better!

    her sweet smile brings me peace and tears, but it’s all good!

    thank you for letting us watch her grow!

  113. Anonymous says:

    Your photos are beautiful! They inspire me to work with my camera. The beauty in your photos comes from your stunning subjects. I was looking at the photos after you wrote about capturing your baby’s expressions and those expressions got me smiling. So sweet and so cute. May I be blessed with just a touch of your talent.

    Denise, WI

  114. These photos brightened my day! Dear Nella, you Miss, are ROCKING that scarf. Love it.

  115. Anonymous says:

    So darn adorable…

  116. Aren’t killer clearance finds at Marshall’s/TJ Maxx the best? I could spend HOURS combing the clearance sections. :)

    LOVE the new pics of Nella – her expressions are priceless. Just stunning – love the pictures of her smiling with her eyes closed – TOO CUTE. And the monkey one….kills me. I could go on and on….love the pics, love the words.

    Happy weekend to you too, Kelle!

  117. Love how you love your beautiful girls! J has so many different funny faces too and I love them all! C:

    Happy weekend to you too, enjoy it~

    ** Energy/Planets alert: Just found out that August may feel like a cosmic storm. Energy is going to be wild. Next weekend a rare cardinal cross is forming and some planets will square and we will see oppositions. Also, Mercury will be retrograde from August 20 to September 12 and may create confusing situations…

    “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ~Marcel Proust

  118. L-O-V-E. That is what Nella is shouting from her eyes.

  119. Nella is so cute!!!! Love the pictures. My fav would be the one of your husband holding her and she is grabbing his finger. Love the fish lips ones too. She is beautiful. Thanks for the new photos.

  120. Someone once said about my daughter – “she’s been here before. she has an old soul.” I think that might be true for Nella too. You can see it in her eyes.

  121. Nella is absolutely beautiful!
    I love reading your posts Kelle.
    I only found your blog just over a week ago now and I’m totally hooked! Already looking forward to the next post. Hope you’re having a fabulous weekend.

  122. Nella’s so yummy. I could seriously take a bite out of her!:)

  123. Anonymous says:

    Could she be more perfect? Her eyes are so beautiful…

    I love the little saying in your picture frame too. So true.

    Took my camera to the splash pad today to capture my son running in and out of the water… I love capturing these little things that you’ve taught me to photograph. No more grip and grin photos here – there’s much more life to them. I’m working on getting that light and clear focus that you have, but it’s fun learning, especially with two perfect little muses.

    Fun, fun, fun!

    A friend from Canada… 😉

  124. Is it wrong that since you posted this I have come on at least a dozen times per day just to look at the incredible, edible Nella?? Sweet Lord that child is cute.

    The eyes…the lashes…the lips!!!

    How do you control yourself and not just eat her up??

  125. I love those pictures of Nella at the end. She is such a beautiful baby. Her expressions are amazing at such a young age! I also can’t believe that you caught them on camera. I check your blog daily and love reading it.


  126. I am in love with the tiny blond hairs Nella is getting!!!

  127. Those poochy strawberry lips! Pure magic.

  128. Gorgeous pictures of a gorgeous family! Glad you got a great hair cut and enjoyed the experience! Hope your weekend is going great!


  129. Kelle-I’ve been reading your blog for a while and this is my first time commenting. I have been going through some mommy blues lately and reading your posts just makes me cry and I just wonder how you do it, how do u find happiness in the smallest things when I complain about the smallest things? You are my inspiration for finding little things to be happy about especially our littles. They make any bad day seem not too shabby. Love, Love your blog. You are an amazing woman! May God bless you and your family. It’s not easy finding inspiration close by but I found it just a click away…your blog. When you told your husband “we’re gonna do something Big with this” when Nella was born you weren’t kidding!!!

  130. I’m a new follower, and just wanted to let you know that these photos take my breath away! The ones in the bandana are my favorites, though they’re ALL cute! What a lucky mama you are!

  131. Oh my…Nella. She’s incredibly precious. And those expressions…ugh, bottle them up. I love how her biggest smiles force those gorgeous eyes to close and curl up even larger than her mouth; as if the eyes took a double-dog dare from the mouth to outshine the other. And the scarf shots…pirate to princess as you moved it around. Adorable.

    Kudos to you on the vintage looking collage. Cool. It’s wonderful to see your photography and your design concepts emerge every day. Your magic extends beyond your lens.

    KC – Your quote completely has this gardener smiling. Thank you for sharing.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

    -Jennifer from Annapolis

  132. Anonymous says:

    I do hope I’m not the only one who tried to recreate Nella’s faces and. . .couldn’t. :) She has quite the talent!

    Another lovely post Kelle. Thank you again for sharing.

    – Kayla.

  133. That second-to-last picture is phenomenal! I could stare at that for hours – oh… what a beautiful baby!!

  134. LOVE the pic of Nella up on her arms with the sock monkey. My youngest son, Lucas, is just a few weeks younger – he will be 6 months next week and I LOVE their facial expressions and how they get that giggle that makes your heart just swell.

    How do you decide what pictures to print/keep? Do you store them all on DVD’s? I know I have a godzillion saved on my computer because I just can’t part with most of them – I can’t imagine how many you have since they are all worth saving..but maybe that’s the key. You probably just take one good shot of a pose and I take 20 trying to get a great one, lol.

    Thanks for making us smile. Have a great day!

  135. Wow … every time I see another post, I think that is the most beautiful one ever. And the next time I check … EVERY SINGLE TIME … I’m blown away again by both your words and pictures. Beautiful girls and what a wonderful life you have there!! Thanks for sharing with all of us!!!!

  136. I read every post, but rarely comment. These photos are super awesome! Fish lips are A+.



  137. I am totally digging the fish lips. But I know my fave is the pic with the sock monkey, and Nella is looking serious. Like she’s trying to be serious but secretly, thinks everything is super funny.

    And Lainey, was a super great big sister she is.

    Have a great weekend,

  138. Anonymous says:

    Nella has brown streaks in her left eye. Gorgeous!! I have a brown-eyed boys with a blue speck in one eye. Sigh.

  139. Anonymous says:

    ‘Cmon….there is a magazine cover just waiting for Her. There are not enough adjectives to describe her beauty and the talent you have for capturing your babes!! Such a wonderful God given talent you have!!

  140. Oh my, what absolutely beautiful photos. She is certainly a natural in front of the camera! And may I ask where you purchase those gorgeous baby legs from?

  141. your life is a celebration and in all things you give thanks.

  142. Oh sweet Nella. The fish lips are too cute! :)
    I hope your weekend is fabulous.
    I have a question.
    Not sure if you’ve ever done this or considered… but I LOVE your stlye. You always look so chic!
    Where do shop? Would you consider a entry about your favorite shops and must have fashion pieces? :)

  143. Nella gets more and more beautiful every day. And those flecks of brown in her big blue eyes? Adorable!

  144. Perfection. I love the classic Audrey Hepburn look…and the quote is going on my daughter’s wall.

  145. Thank you to share It’s
    I recommend my favorite shop for my baby too.. it’s amz ->
    Best for your Baby

    Cloth for my baby
    Hope you like it too.

  146. Kelle,

    She’s so beautiful!

  147. Best pictures of Nella ever! She’s adorable. God bless
    …from Michigan

  148. YAY! Funny faces! :)

  149. LOVE LOVE the fish lips bandana pic!!! Such sweeties!

  150. Anonymous says:

    I WANT A POSTER of this beautiful baby – really, I REALLY WANT ONE!!!! I want them plastered all over my walls! She’s GORGEOUS!!!! I am just SMITTEN with her, I tell you!!!!!

  151. Java told me to come over and see your blog. Glad I did. Your baby is so adorable. Can she come and visit me?

    Anyway, I also have a special needs son. He is s21 now and has Fragile X Syndrome.


  152. she is so beautiful!

  153. 1) I love you.

    2) Those are the most gorgeous photos of baby girl I have seen yet. I. Adore. Them.

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  155. She is so beautiful…God has definitely blessed you :)

  156. So happy to come home from vacation to this post! (I was in Gaylord, too! Ha!) Nella always looks so content. It relaxes me just to see her pretty little face. Precious!

  157. Oh my! Nella is so, so beautiful. I see these picutures and think how richly God has blessed you. She is a treasure, as is Lainey!

  158. So lovely… Nella is darling!

  159. So lovely… Nella is darling!

  160. Absolutely ADORABLE! Those sweet little faces just made my day!

  161. Kelle, I too love that collage at the beginning. And those fishy lips? Scrumptious. love the one after it too. Happy Monday to you.


  162. I cannot say this enough…Nella is the most beautiful baby!!! Those eyes are magical! This girl is going to do big things…wait and see!

  163. gorgeous photos. first time here! cannot wait to see the rest

  164. Cutest baby giggle I ever did see from little miss Nella!

  165. Nella’s “funny faces” are just too much – the cuteness bring tears to my eyes!

  166. Nella in the scarf is so adorable!!! What cute little faces!!!

  167. Your pictures are amazing…gosh, I could never be your babysitter because I would never put her down!!! But,your words are more amazing.

  168. What a beauty and a cutie!!!!! I always love looking at your pictures, they always put a smile on my face :)

  169. As someone struggeling through infertility, I always SMILE when I see Nella’s angelic face. She is precious and her story has touched me in so many wonderful ways :)

    Thanks for sharing your little “treasure”.

  170. Andrea, I am now praying for you…that someday soon, your joy will be full and your dreams fulfilled!

  171. Wow. I just read a couple of the comments and realized that many already spoke on what I found amazing in this post….Nella’s eyes! I love the last few, but I love her eyes in all the pics of her in your first collage.

  172. I just went through Nella’s newest shots with my 2 year old and she imitated every little face Nella made saying “cute beee beee!” I especially loved the fish lips.
    p.s. Your blog has officially become my new Pandora. I sit on your site for hours listening to the music as I work! Thank you!

  173. I’m telling you! – you’ll never believe how much you can love that adorable, sweet child who just happens to have an extra chromosome.

    As we always say, with that extra chromosome came extra sweetness, extra joy for life, and extra of all the things you can’t even describe!

  174. Could Nella be any more adorable?? LOVE all the pics – and the smile – priceless!!!

  175. Anonymous says:

    Love wins always! You seem to have the gift to remind us of this. Thank you ………

  176. I love these pics of Nella. She is just so precious. I just got done showing them to my husband and he agreed!

  177. Anonymous says:

    Kelle – I just randomly looked at another blogs (not one of your categories) from the Blogluxe awards page and was quickly reminded of what a safe home you have created here on line. Thank you for being such a class act!

  178. You have taught me so much, you and your perfect family.
    Thank You.

  179. I too am a photographer, a passion I have never been formally trained in aside from classes I took in college. I’ve slowly been building up clients, hoping to branch out into a photography business.
    I stumbled upon your blog and love it, you share your heart in a very open and approachable way that makes reading your blog very insightful.
    Nella is precious, and I cried after reading her birth story. There is no love like the love of a mother and child, aside from the Love of the One of made us.

  180. blue eyes and lashes

  181. She is positively gorgeous and it makes my heart happy to know that she has a wonderful Momma drinking in all that delightfulness.

  182. If it didn’t sound so creepy, I would buy a ticket to Florida just so I could snuggle Nella for about ten minutes. She is so darn gorgeous….being a mother is definitely the best thing in the world. I don’t care what I have as long as I have my little monkeys! Love the pictures….love the story! Thank you for letting me be a part of your life through this blog!

  183. Hi there! I thank God for your life because whenever I needed to be inspired I just go to your page. Everything about you, your family and your life seems wonderfully put together. I speak blessings upon you and may you continue to bless others around you. Nella too is a constant reminder of God’s love. She’s such a wonderful wonderful gift from our Him.

  184. Summergibbs, 10 minutes would only create a bond that would make leaving more painful…believe me, I know. When I am with them, I just want to be more in their lives…but I guess that is what grandparenting is all about…knowing we have to leave before they are all done, so we cherish every moment we have to imprint their tiny hearts with our too-big love!

  185. I just bought my little man a sock monkey this weekend :)
    I love your posts, as always!

  186. Kelle your sister was so right. Nella has unlocked something in your life most of only dream of finding. You words and photographs are so beautiful. I love coming here to watch you and your babies grow. Thanks for allowing us a little glimpse at your joy.

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  189. Oh my word, these pictures made me smile so big!!!! GORGEOUS!!!! :)

  190. That Nella becomes more and more gorgeous every time I see a picture!

  191. LOVE your Friday heels :)
    What a gorgeous smiley poppet Nella is

  192. Anonymous says:

    My 3 Loves are My 5 year old girl who is almost a kindergartner, how sad. My 3 year old girl who is a perfect middle child full of mischief and comic relief. And lastly my new love my 4 month old baby girl who is sweet, smells sweet, and smiles sweet. I love my girls! Kelle there is nothing like girls and yours are beautiful…..keep loving them.

  193. Terrific! Nella makes the cutest faces! I love how you describe such simple things. You make everything come to life! Love you Kelle!!!

  194. oh and i super love the pic of nella and the monkey sock!

  195. Both of your girls are so beautiful and full of life! I especially enjoyed these pictures of Nella with her adorable head scarf! She is just breathtaking! My husband and I are expecting in February, adding a 3rd to our brood. I hope we are as blessed as you have been! Thank you for sharing!

    Oh! And a question! Where do you find all of those darling leggings/socks for Nella? They are the sweetest!


  196. So precious.

  197. Kelle,
    I just came across your blog at the recommendation of my friend and colleague. These pictures are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. Thank you for sharing your story, your life with us.

    It’s a beautiful one.

  198. With grandbabygirls, 5 months old and 3 months old, I devour anything and everything about Nella–I do believe they will all someday be cyberfriends!

    My grandbabygirls have these very babylegs that Nella is wearing, made by my daughter, from women’s kneesox from Target! $1.40 a pair (yay! on sale!) and 5-10 minutes of sewing time.

  199. I can’t WAIT to see Lidia this week. My hair hasn’t seen real shears since my baby shower 6 months ago. Thanks for the rec. I recently moved back to Naples (i was born and raised here) and it’s hard to find the right stylist. Do you recommend her for brows too? :) thanks!! Awesome shots of your bunny.

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