During the weeks leading up to Easter I decided to spend my 40 days of Lent writing to 40 people. There really was no rhyme or reason to the people I chose. At first I made a list of 40 people and started the list with my husband, and my two kids. Surprisingly my husband and boys never got a letter because I kept thinking of others that might need to hear from me more than they did. The letters contained my perspective of how these people had impacted my life over the years, and others were letters to folks I had really just minimal contact with, but felt it would be a fun piece of mail to receive. The response I got from my recipients was wonderful, and I believe the art of letter writing is something I would love to see resurrected. One of the most beautiful parts of the campaign is imagining those receiving the letters reaction. I know that for most it will be a fun surprise, and for others I hope it will be something that they tuck away and save to read again on a rainy day. Once I had gotten to hand written letter number FORTY, my writing appendage was tired, cramped and there was a pen shape imbedded in my hand.
One of the people I had intended to write to was my sister-in-law, Claire. I wanted her to know a few things that I believed about her as a person, as a wife to my brother, and now as a mother to my niece. There are too many wonderful attributes of Claire to list here, but indulge me just a few. First, she is a classic beauty. I know of many reasons my brother fell in love with her, but I’m guessing when he first saw her his heart melted a bit. Second, she is a wonderful teacher in the East Orange School district who battles the problems of inner city schools each and every day. I know how much she cares for her students as we have had numerous conversations. Third, and most important to both my brother and my son, she is a Mets fan. This was a very important factor in the mate search:-)
Last year Claire and Robert had their first child. A beautiful little girl, Charlotte. It seemed as though that Claire was waiting to be a mom. She oozes motherhood and enjoys every moment that she spends with Charlotte. To watch Claire with Charlotte is to watch the sun rise….it’s beautiful, at times breathtaking, and many times brings a ray of sunshine. Charlotte is such a lucky girl to have Claire as her mom. I look forward to seeing how their relationship develops over the next few years.
A few weeks ago, while in Cranford, New Jersey, I had the pleasure of photographing my brother, his beautiful wife Claire and their daughter, Charlotte. We had such a blast walking around downtown Cranford and stopping here and there to capture wonderful expressions, giggles and laughter. I hope my sister in law sees in these images what we do. A beautiful mom who brings joy and happiness to my brother and my adorable niece.
Please leave my sister in law some love below…she deserves to hear how amazing she is from others!