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It's been a busy week — playing, people, parties, perfect weather, broken cars (again, after it was supposedly fixed — no comment; car shopping), pastries, parks, a birthday, birthfamily party, knitting, golden sunshine, rainy nights, more playing, the days rushing like stars across the sky in a fast-mo video, a beautiful, sparkling blur of all the things and places and people I love. Amelia travels her spaces with confidence and moxie, here, there, everywhere, full of light and delight, always with a stick in her hand, tongue out, always happy, always curious, forward, forward, naturally careful but without fear or hesitation, arms open to everyone. At the start and end of each busy day we lie in the big bed listening to the noises float through the open windows; it's there where I get to think in long, looping strings of images like garlands of photos, her sweet face in every one as my fingers thread through her hair and trace her golden eyebrows. She lies soft and quiet at my side, thinking her own baby thoughts. Little bird with ruffly, downy feathers tucked up close. Her softness, her sweetness, her sounds. In the distance dogs bark. Neighbors arrive home or leave. Breeze blows. Voices ebb and recede. We drift and dream. I can hardly wait for each new day. When it comes: Good morning, my dearest sweet lovely adorable little dearest sweetest darling. What will we do today? Everything, everything. Oh, everything's possible.

My gosh, it's just so good. This precious gift. This feeling of amazed wonder, and overwhelming gratefulness that never leaves.

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I've experienced very little that compares with the extraordinary joy that comes from raising a baby and toddler. Standing in the presence of God is like this.

What a gift to have a child. What an extraordinary gift. :-) So happy for you, living this joy.

PRECIOSAS FOTOS!!!!
ME ENCANTAN LA NENA ESTA AMOROSA.
Y EL PERRO ES PRECIOSO.
SIENTO QUE NUNCA ME MANDES UN COMENTARIO.
NO SE SI MIRASTE MI BLOG.?????
SALUDITOS

Your exact words come through in the photos of your darling little girl. She gives off vibes of comfort and happiness each time you have a photo essay of her.

Thank you so much for letting us enjoy her too.

That sweater your making is so cute!

One day I'm standing where you are, and whoosh, the next my brown-eyed baby girl is turning 18, graduating from high school and off into the great big world. No need to tell you to enjoy every day, you already are.

lovely, so lovely, to see read and feel!

I see faces in those pancakes! But none as funny as that squinched up cutie pie's. Now that face is a classic! ;-*

Wonderful! Lovely photos. Your little girl is so cute!

love reading your joy filled posts Alicia ~such lovely photos of your week spent with your sweet little treasure ♥

Penny G says: May 12, 2014 at 01:10 PM

You are both blessed and a blessing. The love you shower on her is reflected back to you and it is lighting both your worlds. I hope that both of you (and your husband/dad)continue to feel the warmth of this very special love forever.

I love this post! And I love how much you love life... we could all learn something from you! Happy (belated) Mother's Day!!

Happy belated Mothers day to you Alicia! It is so nice to see how Amelia is flourishing from all the love that you and Andy bestow upon your sweet little girl!

I am going through a bit of a rough patch and your photos are helping me ride this wave, and have given me a sense of calm for a little while. So, thank you for that ;-)

I love what you said about Amelia because it is starting to show in the pictures. She has her own agenda, she is forming into her own human. I love what I see.

This journey with you has been really wonderful!

It is *so* good to see someone living with such wonder, joy and contentment. It's good to see the shape of it and know that it *is* possible.

Oh, how beautiful. You put words to the emotions that every good mother feels with her little ones beside her. Bliss. And Picture #11. If there is a cuter girl in all of Oregon, I wouldn't believe it. :)

What a lovely post and such beautiful photos. :)

Tongue out, tasting the world.

Love the little Fair Isle sweater you're knitting up.

Hi Alicia - off topic - but was wondering if you can show us sometime your new remodel pantry you were doing? Unless that was a dream of mine?

love these pictures. Love seeing you! I think that is you with the beautiful smile?

I want to be your neighbor.

Jen

Oh so lovely!

Happy Mother's Day, Alicia~
And thank you for opening your pretty door,
Letting us peek in.

Love all those faces that Mimi makes! She's a hoot! I'm quite sure you had a superb Mother's Day with her. :)

I love your blog. It's a little escape during my work day. I absolutely love your daughter's clothes. Where do you get most of them? I'm having a baby and want to stay away from the box stores if possible. Thanks!

Please tell us about the lovely pink dress! Swoon.
Beautiful mama, beautiful girl, beautiful life.

Shelley Noble says: May 12, 2014 at 04:00 PM

So beautiful, Alicia. Just. Wow.

so beautifully put. she's such a dear. lying in bed with the window open reminds me of all the nights I spent with my grandmother (mimi). we would lie there and talk about funny named people she knew...mrs. moon, mr. green, mrs. tupelo...such fun...we laughed and laughed. treasure those times dear Alicia.

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My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com

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Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.