boys to men. (to boys again)

My in-laws raised some pretty fine sons.




Now that I find myself in the raising business I appreciate what a feat that was.




But the point where I stand most in awe of them is not when I consider the sons they raised but, rather, when I think of the fathers they raised.


Men who know how to love and nurture and protect and encourage…that doesn’t happen by accident.


My in-laws deserve all the credit.

But I sure wish they’d discouraged the wrestling.



Ah well. Perfection is not meant for this life.


sonjaJanuary 8, 2009 - 1:37 pm

Thank you for the reminder…I’ll thank my in-laws the next time I see them. They raised a son to be a great daddy too.

Great shots! I cannot believe you are in shorts on a beach. It is absolutely freezing here.

meganJanuary 8, 2009 - 1:40 pm

Great post! That second picture is odd…with what they are wearing and how your brother-in-law is blurred, it almost appears like a second image of Brent in the background. Like a mirror or…I don’t know how to describe it. They look so much alike! Anyway, seeing everyone in short sleeves by the beach makes me loathe going outside later today.

j.j.January 8, 2009 - 1:58 pm

so jealous of the warmth!! looks like a fabulous holiday!

Aunt LuJanuary 8, 2009 - 2:35 pm

I sure do hope my Dil’s feel the same way someday!

JenniferJanuary 8, 2009 - 2:42 pm

I wish I knew their secret! Maybe I’ll still get lucky since mine aren’t all the way grown yet.

And the reason you don’t appreciate the wrestling is because you’re a girlie-girl who had a sister. If you were a tomboy you’d completely understand! There are still a lot of girlie things that I just do.not.get. (Like needing more than one purse!)

AmyJanuary 8, 2009 - 3:00 pm

Catching up on some posts since we’ve been gone (and geesh, you’ve been busy!). . . Ephraim’s a boy after my own heart. I have a thing for late walkers!

Love the family beach pics! Seems there are a few of us out there with in-laws we should be very appreciative of!

joJanuary 8, 2009 - 3:40 pm

Apparently wrestling is good for boys, & for boys to do it with their dads, to set a limit before play becomes hurt. I only had sisters so had to learn this from my DH & his brothers, & Steve Biddulph’s book ‘Raising boys’

MeganJanuary 8, 2009 - 4:09 pm

My husbands grandparents get all the credit for him being an awesome dad. Hands down! They were great parents/grandparents/role models. I love those beach shots. I am very jealous of the warmth (although it isn’t too bad here, just not beach warm).

KimberlyJanuary 8, 2009 - 6:28 pm

AMEN! I couldn’t agree with this post more!

Mary VJanuary 8, 2009 - 7:55 pm

Erin you have SUCH a wonderful way with words. You need to write a book!!

KristinJanuary 8, 2009 - 9:35 pm

I have to say my in laws did a great job raising fathers too. My dear hubby just spent and hour and a half working with my 3rd grader teacher her multiplication x3. Tomorrow is 4, man I love that man. Love the beach pictures by the way! Oh and the wrestling thing, i don’t think they ever grow out of that, my 59 year old dad and my big brother were wrestling on christmas eve!!

Christina HillJanuary 9, 2009 - 4:38 am

Your photos are spectacular! They are fun and touching at the same time. Thanks so much for the glimpse into your life.

JanieJanuary 9, 2009 - 12:51 pm

How sweet! I love the way you capture thoughts and pictures together.

MaryJanuary 9, 2009 - 7:23 pm

wow your photos are fantastic so sharp and the lighting, woaaa 😉

HeatherJanuary 11, 2009 - 12:06 pm

For your photography FAQs….can you PLEASE explain metering….everything I’ve read says meter for the sky, meter for the face, meter for this that or the other, BUT does not explain HOW to do that step by step.

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