02 July 2012

tender moments.

I want to thank you all for your comments and support after I wrote this post. The day after I wrote it, I immediately started feeling guilty for "complaining" because then this happened...

My crazy sensitive, ridiculously out of control-tantrumy toddler... can also be the sweetest, kindest, most loving little boy EVER!!  Sometimes it just melts my heart the way that he loves people. He can be so affectionate and cuddly.

The other day, we were just hanging out in the family room and Easton was laying on the ground... Bennett comes wandering in and just starts laying next to him, nuzzling him & kissing him. My heart just instantly exploded with love. Fortunately, my camera was nearby and I managed to capture some of this cuteness!!
These moments make everything else seem so insignificant. All of the complaining, and the day-to-day trials... it all just disappears. It feels like whenever I start to feel out of control or down, God let's me know that it's all worth it. That our trials are the ones that strengthen us, and they are the things that help us appreciate these little moments that sometimes, we take for granted.

Oh and this photo right here     ↓ ↓ ↓     I already ordered a print for my wall! :)



24 comments:

nazli said...

The most beautiful sibling photos I have ever seen! They both are soo adorable!

Kristin said...

oh what beautiful moments you captured!! these are just amazing and wonderful in every way!!!

lrailing said...

First of all, what beautiful amazing photos to capture!! And how much sweeter that they were actually having a sweet moment that you were able to get captured!!! Take heart about the hard days. Often, it can be a stress relief to get a vent or complaint out of your system but too, it's good for us to see the opposite of the complaint and really see the beauty in the good moments. It's a sweet contrast. These are good pictures to tuck away in your mind for the next fit he throws ;-)

lindsay said...

CUTENESS OVERLOAD!

Sylvia Cook said...

Awww, my 2 little cuties!!! They are adorable. I think I need some prints too!

Heather Kale said...

These pictures make my heart melt! Precious little boys! I love all of them, I wouldn't be able to pick a favorite!

Mama Monkey said...

Love all of these :) I often have moments where I think I'm going to go crazy when the kids are crabby! Raising babies is the most challenging and the most rewarding job there is :)

melanie @ now a queen said...

oh my gosh, that last picture! They look like twins!

Courtney B said...

Oh my goodness Mandy.... these pictures are SO PRECIOUS! Love your boys!

Summer Crosbie said...

Oh these just kill me.  Love them!!

jenni from the blog said...

These are officially the SWEETEST. PICTURES. EVER.

And I think it's very normal for our toddlers to have multiple personalities. Ha! Carter can be so mean and torturous one minute and the sweetest, most lovingly adorable little boy the next.  I think it's just part of who they are right now and they will certainly grow out of it!  I thought 3 was, by far, the worst of it.  Now that he's going to be 4 in two weeks, I can already see him growing up SO MUCH MORE.  People told me it would happen, but when you're mid-tantrum, you think those people are completely insane.  Well I'm here to tell you that is DOES get better.  The good boy moments will start to become more frequent, and who doesn't love that!?! :) But, trust me, I know it doesn't really help now.  All I can say is? Go in to survival mode. ;)

Kara @ Just1Step said...

You take such beautiful pics, Mandy. :) Glad the crazy moments are separated by tender ones!

Julie said...

Oh my---so cute, it makes me wish my boys were still this age:)  Love it---Happy Monday!
-Julie
http://www.thechirpingmoms.com

Alissa said...

I LOVE THEM!!!!! Give me the PDF's right this minute!

Tara said...

beautiful! So adorable!!

SimplyStavish said...

Oh wow those photos are adorable!  it's amazing how they can just be so utterly sweet and loveable huh?  

SimplyStavish said...

Oh so glad to hear that it gets better close to four.  Three has been OUT OF control for us!!  

ashley - the domestic wannabe said...

very VERY sweet pictures.  toddlers are crazy like that aren't they?  one day you're thinking they are certainly part monster, and the next you have the absolute sweets little child in the world.  glad you captured these moment!

murielvoelker said...

Such beautiful pictures!  Love those bright blue eyes!  Too precious!

Sara @ Seeing Purple Stars said...

oh my word, these boys are so beautiful!!!

Emily @ PeckLife.com said...

They are so precious!!! They really look like brothers here. :)

Kandice Levental said...

Such beautiful pictures of a priceless moment!  I love their beautiful, bright blue eyes!

Kara Vanover said...

i always feel bad if i complain or get stressed out, but we all have our moments! doesn't take away from the love we have for our children.. but these pictures are just gorgeous! beautiful babies :) 

Chelsea @The Curly Cues said...

So in love.