Flesh and Blood

I'm home...if home is where your family is...I have a home in Canada! I'm staying with my baby sister for 10 days. She is so sweet to host my family! I love being with her. We arrived late on Monday night and Adriah's loving her cousins...and all our adventurers! My older sister flew in from England on Wednesday. I miss being with my family so much that even when I'm with them I miss them. You kinda miss what you haven't been able to share together. Family is really important to me and I'm trying to instill that in Adriah. I try not to do it in a Godfather-family-way but more like there's nothing-like-flesh-and-blood. I tell her all the time, "Do you know why I love you? Because there's no one in the world like Adriah." Then she plays along and says, "Yes there is. What about Mari?"

"Nope. Mari has blonde hair and yours in brown."

"Well, what about Bella?" she says.

"Bella lives in Brazil and you live in my home!"

"I know. I'm just like Avery."

"No. She has blue eyes and yours are a pretty brown."

Finally she relents, "OK mom...there's no one in the world like me."

Ohh I love her so much and it's so hard to put it into words. But I want her to know so I keep trying. The other day I was giving her a big hug and I asked, "Why do I love you so much? Do you know why?" and she said "No." I took her face in my hands and said, "because you're mine. You're my little girl and nothing will ever change that!"

I know she'll go through many stages in her life (and some I love more than others) but, one thing will always be true, she is mine...my flesh and blood. It's a powerful thing. I feel like I should wake her up and tell her...there's always tomorrow!


Noemi Hedrick

Noemi Hedrick is a passionate wedding and portrait photographer based in Minneapolis. Noemi loves capturing the beauty inside every person. Her vibrant energy for life, love and family are grounded in her own values and loved ones. Noemi has been proudly serving as a wedding photographer for over 15 years and also offers a wide range of photography workshops for professional and amateur photographers.