speak what is true

i think it’s the angst of all those who are the youngest of  families to want to be known for their own-selves. unique & individual. i have a younger brother so the sister/sister relationship is only known to me as a mom, not a sibling. no matter how hard we try to celebrate our girls individuality there clearly is an inborn comparison trait within them.

it’s not unusual for my last thoughts of the day to be those of trying to figure these girls of mine out.

does she need more space?

does she need more attention?

she’s acting sorta aloof. is this normal or is she pissed at me & trying to process her thoughts?

is someone being ugly to her?

is there a boy in the picture?

does she like herself?

does she feel loved?



we headed to orientation the other day and i could tell caroline was pretty low key. middle school is seldom anyone’s favorite age much less favorite time in school. her older sisters, along with many others, have encouraged her to hang in there this 8th grade year, that high school will be awesome. also, not to wish away the present. feelings of being “another knudsen” were expressed. her awesome language arts teacher didn’t miss a beat as she told her ” i don’t expect you to be anyone or anything other than the best caroline“.

at 13 she has such a cool personality. easy going. perpetually happy. does not like to discuss anything she dislikes or cause anyone to get in trouble. she’s bright & has been in all advanced classes for year. ( if we could convince her to love reading it’d be a slamdunk). her style is hip and definitely her. sorta hippie girl meets boho and wears combat boots & hightop converse.

and my favorite thing? her bio on instagram reads the lyrics from a david crowder song~

i am found//

i am yours//

i am loved//

im made pure

if she keeps those words in her heart…all those other feelings will fade away….





4flowerchildHere’s my life, Lord
Speak what is true

I am found, I am Yours
I am loved, I’m made pure
I have life, I can breathe
I am healed, I am free

You are strong, You are sure
You are life, You endure
You are good, always true
You are light breaking through

You are more than enough
You are here, You are love
You are hope, You are grace
You’re all I have, You’re everything

August 6, 2014 - 9:54 am

One Proud Daddy - Love this. Love her. Love you.

August 6, 2014 - 1:03 pm

Polly - Paige, i can not believe how much she has grown since your blog started!! I remember the little girl on the beach, now to a little lady who is beautiful, inside and out!! Bless you Paige and your family

August 6, 2014 - 7:55 pm

Linsey @ Bravehearted Beauty - “Be the best Caroline.” Those are life giving words! Tears welled up as I read the words, because that’s the very best thing anyone can ever be…the best YOU! xoxo

August 6, 2014 - 10:26 pm

Andrea - What a soulful, determined, sweet looking young lady……my daughter LOVED 8th grade Caroline….you will too! Have FUN!

August 6, 2014 - 11:21 pm

Sue - Caroline has transitioned seamlessly from one stage/age to the next! No awkwardness here! Confidence personified!

August 7, 2014 - 2:02 am

Sophia - WOW. She’s stunning these pictures blow me away!

August 7, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Donna - Beautiful girl, picture, and song.

August 7, 2014 - 3:45 pm

Nicole - Gorgeous! There is not a photo of me in 8th grade that I’d ever want to see again. You are blessed with such beautiful daughters.

August 10, 2014 - 12:03 pm

Susan W - love this!
people always say my how things have changed- yes they have but its what we make of the change and your Caroline has her mom and dad and big sisters to turn to for answers to the questions which is wonderful!
love the love and paws up shout out to brinkley!!
your photos are gorgeous and your subject equally captured from your lens!
Have a great start to the new school year Caroline!!