letters to our children | february



Each month I will be writing a letter to one of my children. I am honored – and still a little surprised – to be a part of this circle of gifted women. To read the next post by Rebecca Leimbach click here:

Dear Maggie,

You came into this world like a tornado and you haven’t stopped since.

When you perplex me, worry me or aggravate me I remember why – we are so much alike.

You like quiet and being alone… when I miss you  I start to remember how I stayed locked in my room the entire time I was a teenager.

You’re forever late because of your hair… oh honey, I know. Trust me, with this hair of ours I know.

There are so many things I could learn from you.

You’re always the first one to reach out to your friends and family. You start each day with a “good morning” text message to all your aunts, your grandma and your great-grandma. And you end it with a “good night, i love you” That alone is worth the cost of a cell phone to me.

You know how much your little sister loves you and you take the time to make her feel like a big girl. In her eyes, she is 9 just like you and you encourage her.

You even take care of your big sister. You know that Shelby isn’t as good at making ponytails as you, so before each of her practices and games you carefully gather her hair and make the perfect ponytail for her.

I love you. We all love you. And we all need you.

- mama


February 15, 2013 - 9:06 am

ali deck - just wonderful jen! she has the most gorgeous hair! ;)

February 15, 2013 - 5:13 pm

Summer Murdock - Oh I love these…love her hair and I can just see her spirit though the images..Very heartfelt letter!

February 15, 2013 - 9:48 pm

San Francisco Family Film Photographer - [...] me this month in this very personal project of Letters to Our Children is The Cotten Wife | Jennifer Warthan.  Please follow the links around to read and see of the wonderful and thoughtful [...]

February 15, 2013 - 10:42 pm

amy grace - she is sweet and special and wild and free. i love her and you from the hair alone. we have it too. you catch something here that is beyond catching. it’s like her soul is so clear and strong and visible. i like you more every time i see a line or comment, a song, a picture you make from scratch. you are getting at this beautiful life from the inside out, where it is real and warm and vulnerable. and you are so good through all of it. you are alive with love. and so is she :)

February 16, 2013 - 10:54 am

Rebecca Leimbach - Can I move to your farm? Life just looks to be so laid back and free!

February 17, 2013 - 12:59 am

melissa - what a beautiful soul, she is. and her hair, gorgeous. there is such a feeling of freedom and pure happiness in these images. perfect!

February 17, 2013 - 12:39 pm

Ginger Unzueta - she is gorgeous. and i can tell her soul matches her beauty. the love you share together and the similarities of the two of you are going to forever be bond of yours. beautiful Jennifer!

February 19, 2013 - 9:27 am

celeste jones - love these and she has such personality and she’s gorgeous.

February 20, 2013 - 1:45 am

Marla Misclevitz - I just love your pictures this month Jennifer! Especially the one of your girl riding away on your bicycle, I love everything about it and how it is the pure essence of the age she’s at currently. Such words of empathy and understanding to Maggie, it made me think that often when we’re growing up, we just want our parents to have an understanding of what we’re experiencing or feeling. You seem to have an excellent insight towards this, thank you for sharing it. =)

February 22, 2013 - 6:08 pm

Life with Kaishon - Maggie is one of my favorite names in the whole wide world. I have never met a Maggie I didn’t like : ). Beautiful tribute to your beautiful daughter. Lovely.

March 18, 2013 - 1:27 pm

Hannah Mayo - This is such a sweet letter, and I just love her personality and her gorgeous hair!

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