Time is a double edged sword, it brings so much joy and happiness along with it but passes by in the blink of an eye. Sometimes I look at my life, at Michael and Johannes and think, “gosh they look older, bigger. When did this happen?”. A couple of nights ago, when I was putting Johannes to bed he said to me, “Mom I want to be big already. I want to be big like daddy already.” It stopped me in my tracks. My baby is a baby no more, and with each passing day while I’m busy packing school bags, rushing to the office and cooking dinner, Johannes is growing and growing and growing some more. And one day I will blink and stare at a pair of eyes level with mine, that have aged and grown. Johannes’ voice won’t be that of a baby anymore, or even a toddler, it will be that of a man. His wish to become “big” is inevitable.
I want to try and capture the process a little bit better. It all has its magic, the milestones and the growth, it is magic. While I feel like I do a decent job of documenting our life on this blog and through Instagram, I feel I can do better. That’s why I love The 52 Project that Jodi Wilson started last year, a project to take a weekly portrait of her beautiful children for 52 weeks and resulting in 104 beautiful photographs showing the natural progression of time and life. By the time I’d heard of the 52 project it was well on its way, and so I waited patiently for January. So here we are.
A portrait a week of Johannes for 52 days, 1 day a week, for the entire year. At the end I will also have a timeline of snapshots from our lives to turn into a beautiful photo book for ourselves and family.
Happy January friends.
There were many photos to choose from and picking just one was not by any means easy so you will definitely see them all. However this particular image came so naturally and really represents a special relationship in Johannes’ life, his love for our cat Minggis, that I’m willing to overlook its “non portrait” identity. This kiss is one of thousands that my son bestows onto his best friend. Minggis was one of Johannes’ first loves, and I am forever grateful for it. While we were in his room on Sunday morning playing in his toy trunk, Minggis jumped in to see what all the fuss was about. Johannes eager to imitate jumped in right after him and gave Minggis this innocent kiss full of pure love.