I take hundreds of photos every month, and most of them don’t get shared with anyone, let alone online. And yet the moments in time that those photos capture are just as important a part of our story as the other images that I do choose to share.
I created this blog as a way of documenting our lives, a way of watching the girls grow into who they’re going to be and a way of remembering who they once were. It’s something I want them to be able to look back on as they get older, because memories fade but (digital) photographs don’t.
It’s easy (and tempting) to only focus on sharing the fun bits, the memorable parts, the highlights and the celebrations. But I’m learning more and more as I continue through this crazy journey of motherhood that it’s really important to me that I capture the ordinary, everyday times that we spend together as well. The bits of the jigsaw that fill in the gaps to complete the picture. The tantalising glimpses into who our girls are becoming.
The chaos, the calm and all the moments in between.
This monthly feature – The Moments In Between – is a space for me to share all of those magical bits that would otherwise just stay in a folder on my laptop, never to see the light of day.
June has been such a fun month! It’s been a scorcher too, and with this glorious heatwave looking set to continue well into July as well I’m really hoping that the rest of the summer is going to be full of just as many adventures. We’ve had our first ever experience of luxury glamping at Warwick Castle; I’ve met up with a friend I connected with on my solo trip to Colorado last year who was visiting London with her family; we’ve been barefoot in streams; had fun on rope-swings; and lots more besides.
It’s also been an emotional month. A few days off sick from school; little notes pushed under doors resulting in conversations and cuddles and tears and reassurances lasting long after bedtime; meltdowns and worries galore. But that’s just family life with three girls who are all growing up and navigating different stages of development and it’s my role to help them through it as best as I can, teaching them resilience and strength, kindness and love.
As always, I love every single one of these images. So very much. Every single one has a meaning for me deeper than the surface level of what you see. Every single one brings back feelings and thoughts and moments I want to remember. Every single one speaks to me in so many ways. Every single one is a piece of our jigsaw.
Every single one tells part of our story.
This is us.