Dear Beautiful Girl –

“Dadadadadadada,” you say, charging the window with those eager baby wobble legs,  scaling the couch with notable skill and something almost like grace, turning back to grin widely at me as you point a chubby finger at Fave’s blue Volvo pulling up.


Dear Beautiful Girl - Hashtag Starbucks

How proud you are to know a name, to have a sound to put to a face that links up brain sparks and heart leaps and tongue twistings and sends them shooting out into the air for me to hear and understand.  What a miracle, these little connections, this massive leap.

“Mama.  Mmmmmmama.”

Something I couldn’t possibly love more about you is the way your baby babbles sound so distinctly perfectly like words you aren’t really trying to say.

“Are you ready to go?” I ask.  “Putin.  Putin.  Baba button icing wardrobe Putin.”  No more mornings with Jon Stewart for you, savvy girl.

Dear Beautiful Girl - Hashtag Starbucks

“Starbucks!” you accuse a flock of geese as we pass them.  “Starbucks button button!  Motto!  Farce!”

How I will miss the nonsense of these strangely sensible sounds, when your tongue and your mind sort things out and talking becomes just another thing that you do, and listening becomes a privilege that I remind myself of in my rougher moments.

“You, little girl, are my very best of things,” I whisper.

“Starbucks,” you assure me, “Hashtag starbucks.”

Dear Beautiful Girl - Hashtag Starbucks

And so we go.

Girl of Cardigan


The images in this post are by my new friend Ashley, who is challenging her subjects to allow her to capture their honest, messy, flawed and lovely actual lives.  I adore the idea, and the images that came from our day with her (I’ll be sharing many more of them in weeks to come).  For more of her gorgeous work, or to get an early look at the rest of our shoot, visit

  • Kelley Friend April 16, 2014 at 8:25 am

    ADORE! I especially love the words your lil’ one is throwing out there with such glee. Beautiful photos and beautiful blog. Thank you!

    Or as my 7-month old son would say-

    “Da rawrrrrrr… Ah!” 😀

    • karyn April 16, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      I can’t believe he’s 7 months!!! Holy crap, man. Miss you, lovely.

  • Becky @ bybmg April 16, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Oh I love baby babbles! We have uh-oh going for us right now, and that’s about it, but I can’t wait for more. Love, love, love the pictures!

    • karyn April 16, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      I want uh-oh sooooo bad! Soon. Soon. Thank you, lovely. I love them too!!

  • Janice Christman April 16, 2014 at 11:28 am

    I cannot wait to meet Fable and have her tell me a story! Love this post!!

    • karyn April 16, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      She will happily oblige! xo.

  • Anonymous April 16, 2014 at 11:42 am

    What fun! Enjoy this time to the fullest!

    • karyn April 16, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      Thank you! We are doing our very best to remember to enjoy all the moments.

  • Patti Widener April 16, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Did she really say hash tag Starbucks? Beyond darling. And hilarious.

    • karyn April 16, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      I can actually get her to say Starbucks for you next time we see you. Hashtag seems to be a recurring fluke. 😉

  • ash April 16, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    i love this. i love that you write her these little notes. its amazing.