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Letters to our Children Jan.

I have decided to continue on with another year of writing letters to my children. This project has been so great for me because it pushes me to journal and think individually about my kids.  I am participating in this project with 7 other women photographers. I’m so inspired by the talents of each of these women!  Feel free to follow the circle around and visit their blogs, beginning with my good friend Laurie Flickinger.

My family are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. At 8 years old children in our church are baptized and become “official” members of the church. It’s a decision they make on their own and usually look forward to. Family and friends witness the event and it is a very special day for these sweet children.

This month I am writing to my son Boston who is turning 8 this week. We bought Boston his first suit for his special day and he was so excited to wear it for pictures! He looked so handsome and grown up.

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boston baptism

Dear Boston,

I can hardly believe you are turning 8 years old. You are growing up way too fast! I am so proud that you have chosen to be baptized.  You have always been excited to learn about the gospel. You are usually the one who reminds us to read our scriptures together. In your sweet prayers at night you like thanking Heavenly Father that you can go to church. Melts mommy heart!

We asked you if you could wait till May and do your baptism with your cousin when he turns 8. You told us “no way!”. You couldn’t wait that long and wanted to do it as soon as possible after you turned 8.

I wanted to give you some advice geared more towards your baptism since that will take place next week: 

Always remember the testimony you have of the gospel deep within your heart. When faced with hardship, it will be your greatest source of strength and your greatest blessing.

When faced with tough decisions, remember you have a loving Heavenly Father who is there for you. He will comfort you and bring you peace, He will help you find answers to life toughest questions, and will help you find joy. 

Always be an example and stand for what yo know to be true. There will be many times in your life when it’s not easy to choose the right. Although it may seem you will be an outcast, know that others will admire your faith and you will be blessed. Be the kid that your friends look up to because you choose the right.

Delight in learning about Jesus and trying to become like Him. Such Christlike qualities as forgiveness, humility, compassion and love towards all those around you are important and will help people to trust you.

Mom and Dad are so proud of you and so happy you chose to be baptized. I love you my sweet Bosty.

Love, Mom

As part of his Birthday I asked Boston about his favorite people and things and here’s what he said:

Favorite thing about Mom: she gives me hugs.
Dad: he takes me to do fun things.
Brooklyn: she makes me treats.
Avery: she plays games with me.
Korver: I love his giggle.
Coolest Tricks: back flip on tramp, cliff jumping at Lake Powell, can swim the length of our pool under water
Favorite color: green
Favorite sport: soccer
Favorite breakfast: Pancakes+eggs+apple juice
Favorite lunch: McDonald’s Happy Meal
Favorite dinner: orange chicken
Favorite show: Jake & the Neverland Pirates
Favorite toy: my mountain bike
Favorite thing to do outside: swim, sledding
Favorite song: Don’t Stop Believin’
What you want to be when you grow up: a missionary, then a ski instructor

Happy Birthday Boston!

  • LaurieJanuary 22, 2014 - 10:42 am

    What a beautiful series of portraits, Jen! Love all of them. Can’t pick a fave. Yay Boston! Congrats to you Jen. Sounds like a sweet, well rounded little man you have! 🙂ReplyCancel

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  • BarbJanuary 22, 2014 - 11:35 am

    What a handsome young man you have! My daughter just turned 8 too:) All of these photos are great! I especially love the one where he is jumping!ReplyCancel

  • MirandaJanuary 22, 2014 - 12:19 pm

    All of these portraits are amazing! Beautiful, inspiring work! Your letter is too sweet, he’ll love it later on in life!ReplyCancel

  • CourtneyJanuary 27, 2014 - 12:57 pm

    There is NO WAY he’s 8. Wasn’t he just in preschool last week? I love this letter to him and the photos are fantastic! Such a big year for him and look forward to hearing about his baptism 🙂ReplyCancel