Saying Goodbye

Over the past few months, we have known that our dear friends would soon be moving out of state. Simultaneously feeling excited for them on their new adventure and feeling the great loss their absence will create in our lives, I have found the need to document as much of our time together as possible.

What I will share below, are photos of the girls’ last morning together while working on a film project.

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They began with a dance scene,

K-behind-the-scenes-b-1442-BWand took a moment to make sure that they got the shot before heading outside.

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There was a lot of planning,

K-Behind-the-scenes-b-1512-BWfilming, laughing,

K-Behind-the-Scenes-b-1522-BWand viewing their progress.

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I enjoyed watching the director’s vision take shape

Kelsey-Behind-the-scenes-b-1462-BWas she used her own ideas blended together with those of her friends.

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K-behind-the-scenes-b-1649-BWWhat delighted me most was simply watching the girls being together

K-Behind-the-Scenes-b-1675-BWand creating a fun, expressive way to say their goodbyes.

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Although you are moving far away, we will always be with you in your hearts. We wish you the best of luck on your new adventure and look forward to sharing more stories, continuing our friendship, and to creating more memories (and to seeing the completed movie!).

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Family books

Earlier this week, we were surprised to learn that five eagerly awaited boxes from France arrived and were waiting for pick up at the post office. My husband dashed out the door to pick up the boxes and was back home surprisingly fast.

Knowing the boxes were filled with old family books, we carefully opened them, one by one, 

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making sure each book was removed gently.

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We took time to admire the textures, patterns,

Jean_H_de_Buren_Family_Books_5664vibrant colors,

jean_H_de_Buren_Family_Books_5673to read the inscriptions,

Jean_H_de_Buren_Family_Books_5747and to explore their pages.

Jean_H_de_Buren_Family_Books_5645All of the books were written in French, and the girls were curious to know more about the contents of each book. Thankfully, my husband reads and speaks French, so he was able to elaborate.

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After the books were all unpacked and the girls went off to play, I remained close by with my camera. In the quiet, I watched my husband explore the books,

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often smiling as he read more of the inscriptions. I imagined him establishing a deeper connection to some of his relatives from generations past.

Jean_H_de_Buren_Family_Books_5758We are so fortunate to have such rich family history to pass down through our family.

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Believe, Dream, Inspire

For those of you who follow my blog, you know that our oldest daughter loves playing football. Her artwork reflects this love, too.

Here is her entry into the PTA Reflections Arts Recognition Program Contest; this year’s theme is: Believe, Dream, Inspire.

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She chose to draw a portrait of herself in the future, following her dream of playing football, believing in her herself, and inspiring other girls and boys to play sports, stay strong, and to follow their dreams as well.

This morning, she was thrilled to learn that her drawing won first place at the school level in her category and grade level and will advance on to the school district level in the competition.

I continue to be inspired by her courage to follow and share her dreams; I am proud of her inner strength and belief in herself. In sharing what she loves, I believe that she is opening doors for those around her and helping others believe in themselves and follow their dreams as well.