Every time I have tried to blog these photos over the last few weeks I began to feel overwhelmed, and promptly moved on to something else on my to-do list. I don't know how to explain it, other than I want to say all the right things, which blocks me from saying anything at all. It has something to do with the fact that I fuh-reak-ing love these guys. It also doesn't help that Ryan is really good with putting these things into words and I'm feeling the pressure to do the same for his family, even though I know he doesn't expect that. That's part of their awesomeness as a whole, they would never expect a love-gushing blog post, but I feel they are owed one. But instead of writing something eloquent and meaningful I'm here blathering on about nothing! Moving on!
Aili Wren is a 20-year-old in a 6-year-old's body. She is the smart, confident, precocious as all get out, and funny. And she refers to me as "Posy Quarterman" when she sees me in public, which I can't help but love. Seriously, when you hear a little girl shout "MOM! Posy Quarterman is here!" well, you just go a little squishy inside (well, if your name is Posy Quarterman you do.)
William is Mr. Amazing. His giant blues eyes are always sparkling, and there's usually a giant smile or tongue sticking out, to go with. His spirit is enormous and it shines almost as much as the princess dresses he prefers to wear. I have to resist the urge to scoop him up and eat him just about every time I see him.
And then there's their parents. Only spectacularly awesome people could create children such as these. And they are spectacularly awesome. Ryan and Lorelei are some of those rare people who just are good people. Although it appears effortless on their part, I know that it takes a lot of work, drive, focus, and effort, but I'm also confident that is is just who they are. I can't imagine they could be any other way. And somehow, whenever I need some kind of confidence boost, or kick in the ass, even when I don't realize that's what I need, a message will appear in my inbox from Ryan feeding me exactly what I needed to hear. A quote. A poem. Gratitude. Encouragement. It's pretty freaking cool to have such freaking cool people in my corner. All that stuff I said yesterday about feeling lucky getting to document peoples histories, well I feel especially so doing it for these guys.
And that's all I've got.