Friday, August 23, 2013


"You Are My Sunshine" - Johnny Cash

Monday afternoon, Steve, Piper and I took a stroll on a small beach in Massachusetts.   
We had just said goodbye to my friend, Julia, and her family.  Our visit left me feeling extremely grateful, happy and refreshed.  It made me think a lot about my life and the past few years.  And it clarified once again, that the people in my life are my greatest blessing.   
(About our visit, in my next post.)

Our little trip to the beach was so special.  An hour, at most.  Funny, how such a short amount of time can leave you feeling so fulfilled.  Steve parked the SUV in the shade while I hopped in the backseat and popped Piper out of her carseat.  I shimmied her out of the fancy dress she wore to brunch.  I changed her ever so impressive poopy diaper and nursed her in my lap while Steve and I talked about our trip.  After Piper finished her lunch, I stuffed her sweet, chub-a-licious thighs into tiny, pink shorts and swept a soft, gray tee over her neck.  I tied the new hat that I giddily picked out for her under her chin and set striped sunglasses low on her little, button nose. 

We all got out of the car.  I slung a big blue towel over my shoulder and propped Pips on my hip as we walked towards the sand.  I felt my heart exploding. I watched as Piper's attention went straight to the water - staring at the tiny waves as they made their way towards us. It wasn't long before her daddy took hold of her and bent down to let her teeny toes discover the water.  I watched as Steve took it all in - knowing he was sharing the same rush of emotions that I was.  Piper gazed over at the seagulls - not taking her eyes off of them.  Oh, to know exactly what my little girl was thinking.  

She was so content.  Quiet.  And happy.
And so was I.

I was on the beach.  With my baby.
I was a mother.  On the beach.  With my daughter.  And my husband.

I cried.  

"She's so beautiful.  I really can't believe she's ours sometimes.
I've always dreamed of moments like this."

Steve kissed my head.  I kissed Piper's.

And we walked.  And snapped 133 photos of our little girl.

Our little sunshine.

Have a sunshine-y weekend, friends.

Much Love. <3

Sunny Lovin',


Rian Eidson said...

Amazing. I shed tears reading this. You write so beautifully, and I could feel the love for Piper in all your words. And the pictures! Oh the pictures! You have a beautiful family, Maria!! Have a wonderful weekend sweet lady! Xoxox

Kathy Radigan said...

I am so, so happy for you and your beautiful family! May I just say that Miss Piper is such a Daddy's girl!!! My, my you are in trouble!!! Lol!!! xo

Kerry said...

What a beautiful beach day you guys had!! I love the pictures, the one of the three of you with Piper's hat slightly over her face is a framer :)
I am so happy that you are so happy and feeling so blessed, it is absolutely evident in the smiles on yours and Steve's faces.
It truly is the little things, the first beach visit, the toes in the water, the feel of the sand under their tiny little feet. I absolutely know the emotions and joy you felt this day. Much love to you all my sweet friend xoxo

JP said...

How lovely! She's precious. I'm am still so over the moon happy for you and Steve. Have a great weekend!

Wendy said...

Such sweet pictures! Piper is just beautiful! So glad you all were able to enjoy a day at the beach. Have a wonderful weekend!! XOXO

NV said...

This is the song I sing to Wade every night before bed. It is also the first song I sang to him on the first night of his life. I love this post! Thank you for putting a smile on my face this afternoon.

Alex[andra] said...

I love the way you write! I was so caught up in every detail of how you changed her and the beautiful emotions you felt. So, so special! <3

Erin said...


I have taken a long break from writing as I worked through some issues. I cannot tell you how happy I am for you and Steve. There are no words to explain the joy I feel for you. Piper is so beautiful and such a blessing. I know that your life is changed forever, having her in your life!

Many blessings,

Heather @ Notes from the Nelsens said...

Oh this post makes my heart happy. :) Beautiful pics of you and your beautiful girl! Love that you guys got to share those sweet moments together. I hope you and Steve and miss Pippy Piper have a wonderful weekend, Maria!

And I'm love to new background and header! ;) Oh, and could you please send me your address? I have a lil something I'd like to send your way. :)


Janet said...

Once again've left me with a smile on my face and my heart filled with happiness that I've been lucky enough to be allowed to share in your beautiful life with Piper and Steve! Sending lots of love from Amsterdam xoxox

Judy Haughton-James said...

I am glad you, Steve and Piper have been having a vacation Maria! Gee, just look at cool Piper in her hat and sunglasses! Wonderful pictures! They have certainly brightened my Sunday morning. Take good care my friend and continue to relish all the happy moments. You deserve all the sunshine! Lots of Love, Friendship and Best wishes always to you, Steve and Piper.

Infertile625 said...

Is there anything better than you are my sunshine? It is one of those songs that brings tears to my eyes. I used to sing it to my little brother when he was a baby. These pictures, as always, are the most precious reminders of hope. Thanks for always sharing!

MrsV said...

you guys melt my heart <3 I love seeing all the pictures of Piper but especially love the ones of you guys looking so happy as a family oxox I hope your summer is being filled with all sorts of happy fun filled memories :)

Jamie said...

What a gorgeous family day.

Tracy said...

It looks like you had a beautiful afternoon!

mail4rosey said...

LOL that you cried on the beach!!! Ha, I love your sentimental happy heart. :)

I love that you celebrate poopy diapers too. Anyone told you lately that you totally rock??? I'm sure they have, but I'ma' say it too. :)

Look at her cute little beach outfit!! She looks cute in her lite hat. :)

M said...

She is just ADORABLE!!! I love these pics :)

Faith said...

Such a beautiful post! You are such an incredible mama Maria! You and Steve seriously melt my heart!

And these pictures of Piper! Goodness, can she get any more adorable?!

Jodi Stuber said...

So beautiful :) what a gorgeous little family. you are truly savoring every moment as you should . enjoy it all!

Ashley said...

Aww... I adore all of the pics! Especially Pippers little rolls on her legs.. so cute! I have a lot of catching up to read now that I am back to blogging! I have missed reading your posts and the smiles they always bring to my face.


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