Friday, February 12, 2010

My Sweethearts. [Day 3]

One of the things I love most about the way Ryan shot our family photos is the way he captured who each of my children are. This shot of Ethan in an apple tree happened because he was getting bored while Ryan was working with Jocelyn. Ethan likes to climb trees. A lot. So he climbed right up there and Ryan knew that would make a great picture. And he was right. Ethan looks good in a tree. Just last night as we were walking into a basketball game, we passed by a big tree, and Ethan expressed his desire to climb it. It's just one of the things I love about this boy...

+ He is such a charmer.
+ His smile melts me.
+ He likes to wrestle and play rough.
+ But at the same time, has such a soft heart.
+ He is really sweet about helping his aunts with the littler cousins.
+ He loves to be outdoors.
+ He is very obedient. Only needs to be asked once.
+ He likes his room neat and tidy.
+ Even though school is a struggle for him, he works really hard.
+ He is a good example.

Recently, a mother of one of Ethan's friends approached Brandon and me to tell us that her son told her that Ethan is the only boy at school who doesn't say bad words. My heart swelled big. We told Ethan that this meant more to us than straight A's or being the best basketball player.

He is a strong young man,
and I love him for that.

He is my sweetheart.

** Photo from You Look Nice Today Photography.