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T W E L V E

It was yesterday. Please tell me it was just yesterday that you came into my life.

That´s how it feels.

Yet here we are, twelve years later. In front of me stands this young lady. Frail, yet poised, and elegant.

My little thinker isn´t little anymore.

Dear Em, you are growing up so elegantly, reflecting upon life, and the situations at hand. It´s such a joy to watch you grow and flourish as you meander from childhood into puberty. 

How fortunate I am to be your mom. 

I love you to the moon and back. 

Mamma

My home

Last year we moved into our new house. It was literally the place where pine came to die. A 1996 built pine place with a solid 80´feel to it. The patchwork left behind by numerous pictures, soon became a monochromatic oasis. A blank canvas as that became a home. 

Sharing some pictures here… more to come. 

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Winter in the garden

As I came home from a photo assignment, the girls were outside in the most amazing light. So I grabbed my camera an did som shots :-) The garden, all covered in white,  made for such a perfect backdrop. 

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Akkurat i det jeg kom hjem fra et oppdragvar jentene ute i hagen i det mest magiske varme lyset. Jeg tok kameraet mitt og fikk tatt noen bilder. Hagen, som var helt hvit, var den perfekte bakgrunnen. 

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Dance

Hun kom ned i den nydelige blå kjolen. Jeg skal bare øve litt på dansen jeg. Og vips da ble stuen et dansestudio og jeg lykkelig publikum – med kamera. Drømmen om et eget daylight studio lever. Men en så lenge er huset mitt bra nok.

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She came down in the most beautiful flowy blue dress. “I´m going to practice my dance.” And just like that the living room became a dance studio and I was the happy audience – equiped with my camera. 

 

Ten

Two was enough. We were two parents, with two hands each. Two kids was enough. Supposedly.

Guess what? Enough makes me sad.

Deep down I was secretely hoping that one day, I would have a third little baby.  

That day came sooner than I could have imagined.  You were a little surprise, and the best gift I could have ever had.  You came into this world and opened those big blue eyes. I remember thinking ´This kid isn´t waisting any time´.  You were minime v2.0 with extra sparkle! 

Stages were skipped and you grew up at the speed of light making plans to move to L.A. or Miami at the young age of four. Barbie and Ken spoke fluent english and you and your big sister Emma started documenting Ken and Barbie´s lives on the ipad. 

Life with you is fast-paced. And soon my tagline became Never a boring moment–   It seemed all too fitting for the adventures you take me on. Sometimes I feel like we are living out our favorite sitcom and I don´t want to miss a single episode. 

I love your endless hugs filled with love,
I love your energy,
I love your ability to light up a room by just being you.
I love how you challenge me.
I love how you move, your funny walks and your gracious moves. Your range baffles me. 
I love your passion, eventhough it goes into turbo speed at times. 
I love our convos in different accents. Especially our texan and New York routine. You nail it kid. 

Don´t let anyone dull your sparkle my little star. Be brave and go places. Show yourself and don´t be afraid to claim your space. If there is anything I would love to give you in this lifetime, it would be the freedom to be you in your purest form. 

So you go girl! Go spread that energy of with those who are lucky to surround you. 

Butterfly kisses, mamma

 

Finally you are in the double digits. The 

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Fourteen

You are fourteen today.

Two pale lines on a stick indicated your arrival. An ultrasound reveiled you were a boy. A what??? How on earth was I going to be a mom to a boy? Panic.

Then you came. And all I could do was look at you, smell you, feel your tiny body against mine. It was all absorbing in the best of ways. I wonder who I was before you. Life without you was and is unthinkable.  You showed me a side of me that had been dormant and under a rock for way too long.

Thank you for your wit and your wicked sense of humour with impeccable timing. Thank you for being the poised young man you are. Thank you for making me a mom. Who knew motherhood would be so rewarding.

So as you swagger into your 15th year on this earth we know there will be bumps in the road. But we´ve got this. I´ve got your back. We may have it all now but we will have our battles. But know – no matter what – that you can always rely on me. Everything is figureoutable.

Love, mamma

PS My puns are still funnier than yours
PS2 I still kick your butt in armwrestling just sain´ :-P

 

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An image that speaks volumes – FAMILY

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The desire to show them ´my´ Norway had been lingering for awhile. Actually I had wished to take them on a roadtrip last summer, but it didn´t materialise.

With a boy heading for middle school and two younger sisters, a roadtrip may have seemed like the worst idea ever to some. Sarcasm was never far away when we told people our holiday plans. But I was adament to show the kids the North Cape. They were on board. We had a goal.

And so it was that we set out on a journey that would fill us with memories to last a lifetime. The nights were white, our sleep was short and sometimes so was our temper. But encounters with moose and reindeer along the way made it all worth it. We drove, took ferries and enjoyed fun and games at adventure parks.

Maybe the wanderlust gene that I myself seem to lack, has been awakened in them. And if not, they will at least appreciate the magnificence of this country we are so fortunate to call home.

Personal projects are a great adventure that often lead us through the most unlikely of paths. Our intention in starting this project is to hone our skills and see where this particular path takes us. We would love it if you joined us on this adventure.

Our intention is for the images to do the talking. We believe a single moment captured forever in a photograph can speak volumes. These images require no words and at the same time, tell a whole story.

Every other month, we will choose a single image to share with you. These images will usually follow a theme. By seeing, we hope you hear our voices.

If you’d like to visit other participating photographers to see their interpretations, follow these links:

Vinita Salome | Natalie Carstens | Tanja de Maesschalk

Personal project – Balance

An image that speaks volumes – Balance

Personal projects are a great adventure that often lead us through the most unlikely of paths. Our intention in starting this project is to hone our skills and see where this particular path takes us. We would love it if you joined us on this adventure.

Our intention is for the images to do the talking. We believe a single moment captured forever in a photograph can speak volumes. These images require no words and at the same time, tell a whole story.

Every other month, we will choose a single image to share with you. These images will usually follow a theme. By seeing, we hope you hear our voices.

If you’d like to visit other participating photographers to see their interpretations, follow the links:

Vinita Salome | Natalie Carstens | Tanja de Maesschalk