Introducing The Amazing QiQi, My First Born DaughtersteemCreated with Sketch.

I made my first post on the important topic of parenting/education last week, and thankfully there was a lot of positive support and requests for more on this topic. I am very pleased about this, because as I said this topic is of the utmost importance to me.

One of my quotes is Parenting is the foundation of all of our lives, for better or for worse."


Before I get too much into writing posts about parenting and family, I would like to first introduce the core members of my family so you can get to know some of their uniqueness before I start posting about the inner workings of our family life. 


*QiQi Frying Eggs for her and her sister on an open wood burning flame, hand made earthen rocket stove*


QiQi (pronounced kiki) was born on September 17th 2011. Her given legal name is Inoquinn Deanayla Eaker Alrutz. As with all our other children, her name is a combination of mother's name (Inok) and father's name (Quinn). She named herself QiQi when she was about a year old. She kept putting her hand to her chest saying "QiQi". It was obvious she wanted her name to be QiQi, so of course we honored that. As you will soon find our children have choice in almost every single matter of their life, and their choice is honored unless it somehow legitimately hinders someone else's life. 


*First day for QiQi on this earth*


So her name has been QiQi ever since, which is quite amazing because QiQi is a PERFECT combination of mother and father, Q2 I2 Q squared and I squared = our daughter! This is even more amazing when you consider she was only 1 year old and had no "education" on numbers, letters, patterns, or such concepts, so it is either extraordinary coincidence or ancient wisdom beyond the year on this planet. Either way, it fits perfectly and we love it!



QiQi was born in Costa Rica without any professional or trained assistance of any kind, just me and her mom. We didn’t speak Spanish or even know anyone there.  It wasn’t easy and was even scary at points, but she was born healthy and has only continued to get healthier every day since. The birth story is AT LEAST a whole post in itself, so I will suffice with that for now. 


*QiQi was in the ocean almost every single day for the first 6 months of her life*


QiQi loves to dance, sing, and play with her dolls. She makes up her own songs and sings as happy as can be for up to 20 minutes at a time, all in her own world of song. 



She likes to make her own clothes for her dolls out of all kinds of materials.


*Dress QiQi made out of home made play dough*


 She likes to draw pictures of girls with long hair in dresses. She loves to dress herself up and anyone who is willing to play dress up. She is a girly girl in a lot of ways. 



She is also very brave. She has been present for both of her younger siblings' births and was very calm and patient the whole time.


*first time holding her baby brother, he started crying pretty quick but she was thrilled and he got back to mommy*


She has been cutting vegetables and using sharp knives since she was two. She's better than a lot of adults now! 



She likes to run, climb, jump on the trampoline, and even wrestle. She has been playing “kung fu” a lot lately and gets pretty fierce. She learned to hold her breath and swim at 2 years old, has been swallowing adult vitamins since she was 5, drinks her fresh squeezed green juice and can jump from 8 feet in the air onto a bed. She is very thin but very strong. 



She is a great cleaner; she has been helping sweep the floors, mopping, doing dishes, and wiping counters.



She knows how to plant and harvest edible crops and even enjoys eating vegetables straight out of the garden. 



She helps on a regular basis with planting and harvesting, and she eats harvested foods daily. She does have a bit of a sweet tooth but never whines to get it, is content with small amounts, and is happy to eat her healthy foods before and after. 



I could go on and on about how much I love her, how amazing she is but most importantly she is herself. She is so honest and so free. I have never yelled at her, bribed her, spanked her or even put her in timeout. I have never told her to shut up or that she was a burden or annoying. 



Thankfully, I have found a way to have an extraordinary well-behaved child without any discipline whatsoever. I simply live by high standards and believe in her ability to do the same. I treat her as capable and responsible even when she is not acting like it. I remind her of her potential and the importance of honor. She winds up choosing this path for herself rather than me having to do anything to coerce or force.



I am grateful to share QiQi with you all. I am sure that one day soon enough she will want her own account, especially when I tell her she can buy some new dolls hehe. 



I will introduce my other two children in posts soon. I hope to share a lot about my family life, as it is what occupies a founding part of my priorities in life.  I have so many photos and so much experience being a present parent. I also believe New Paradigm Parenting to be a solution to the majority of the world's problems. I will write a whole article about that hopefully soon. 



Please share some feedback on this post as I would love to get as much discussion going as possible on the huge importance and great complexity of the experience of parenting and education. 


SteemON!




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QiQi IS amazing!!!! She is so energetic, pure, joyful, caring, responsible, strong, and free, and I have learned so much from her about being ALIVE and honest and real.

It is hugely significant that she is encouraged to be her own shining self rather than pressured to "behave" the way children are "supposed to" behave, and that given the choice to be anything she wants she still chooses to be considerate and healthy.

She is one of the greatest helpers at the Garden of Eden--not only is she genuinely more competent than some adults who come through, but she joins in tasks that actually inspire her, thus she creates no difficulty or resistance. All of life is a happy, fun game for her!

I am greatly blessed by QiQi's presence in my life!! Honestly I'm often uncomfortable around children because I'm afraid of f***ing them up, but QiQi is so loving and accepting of me that it reminds me that anything is possible and I can be as great as I want to be too!!

OMG it's really amazing! I am really looking forward to posting a lot about the children, education, New Paradigm Parenting and all the really awesome potential being realized. Its so powerful, LITERALLY life changing even WORLD changing. Whats even better is it has only just begun!
Really appreciate the comment as it makes this post so much more real and powerful to have someone not even in the family being able to see, experience and testify to the profound beingness!
Thanks for being a part of this revolutionary undertaking~*~

Thanks for sharing it all!

Well honestly I have barely shared much at all about my insight into life. There are so many filter layers. I hope to be able to share deeper and deeper insights into consciousness.

This is amazing! So lovely! God bless your wonderful family. Amazing parents behind amazing kids!

This amazieng

I cannot fathom anything more joyful than to experience the existence you share with your children @quinneaker. I have the privilege everyday to be a part of the true ecstatic enjoyment and zest for life that is created through your relationships with each other. Treating them as capable and responsible, does indeed breed capable and responsible beings.

Parents often complain that children don't come with an instruction manual. The truth is that you make it so simple, so rewarding, so enjoyable, mutually beneficial, and so so so full of love. Your style of parenting and the example you set for true unconditional love is already being seen...and I'm excited to see you share it here on Steemit. I hope your posts turn into that easily accessible instruction book. Your children are a testament to your true insight. OH MY GOSH!!!! I can only imagine what the next generation would be like if parents invested in and cultivated relationships with their children as you have. Not only are your children capable in the physical form way way way beyond their years, but they are truly exquisite human beings, genuine, honest, responsible, and the greatest joy to be around. They are truly the best playmates anyone could ask for....so ALIVE. Yes, there is hope!!!

QiQi is definitely a being worth celebrating. She is already a powerful leader--the apple doesn't fall far from the tree!!!! I love that you are changing lives together in profound ways. Thank you for this post Quinn. Parenting is one of your super natural skills--it is obvious by the depths of love children feel from you and how your connect with them--even when they are not your own.

Part of why my children life is so good is because they have so much freedom but also so much support. Not just from me but from many who love them. I know that there are few on earth whom they love more and enjoy their time with more fully. If you didn't have so much going on and already had ur own children they would love to play with you all day.
They don't call you Shellie Momma for no reason.
<3 EverLove/ShellieMomma <3

You are warmly welcome to the best social media network on the planet. It is my desire that you find this place very interactive and interesting.I will always upvote,follow and resteem your post so please do same for me.You can contact me @sadiq .You are once again welcome my dear.

very nice welcome @sadiq :)

QiQi is simply gorgeous, her spirit shines like a light. My son (9) is just as thin and I am often judged negatively about this. I don't care. If he is active and healthy, he can determine his own appetite!

Yes she is VERY healthy, strong, energetic, smart and on and on. Almost never gets sick, never been seriously sick with even a high fever. Lots of healthy food too, sun light, fresh air etc. hahaha

Well that's the ideal, lucky children. 💚

Hahahahahaha sooo true!
U may not be surprised how many adults say they wish they had my girls life. It truly is blessed~*~

Thanks for the comment. I really appreciate it.

I wish I'd met you 20 years ago! The only thing I learned from my father was how not to be a father, and that taken to extremes.
Then I had to be a father for my two lovely daughters, and as if that wasn't difficult enough, my wife died after the first birthday of the youngest, so I had to do it all alone.
Decisions you have made are in line with mine, only you took it a few steps further. So now I know how I could have done it better, but the youngest is 15... it is too late for them.
Nevertheless they are both the most wonderful girls that I have ever seen.
You're doing an amazing job, parenting and talking about it. Breaking the wrong paradigms that we grow up in, and showing how it should be done.

Yes I feel for you. Life is often not easy and it appears yours was exceptionally hard.
Part of why I do what I do is not just for me or my girls but for the greater good. I feel its so important to expose people to alternatives especially in this area of life as parenting and education are sooooo far from ideal.
I hope to inspire and be an example of how fulfilling and successful life as a parent can be.
I appreciate your comment and hope to see you around~*~

LOL, thanks, my friend, but my problems are contained and pretty much solved (as good as these things can be solved) You are doing a good and important job here and it is great to read about it. As I said, I gave this a lot of thought and decided to raise my children somewhat outside of the ratrace. You took it to the next level. Well, we all have our 'mission' in life and I hope that soon you'll see the results of mine. ;)

I hope that as well~
I also hope that I may contribute to the successful results of your mission.
Bless~*~

This young human has taught me so much. She reminded me how to live life again. She is a living example of the potential we have as a species. I will never forget the image of QiQi!

What a gift~
That is why I have provided her such support and freedom. She is going to inspire so many people to live fully.
It has only just begun~*~

Such a beautiful tribute to your daughter. She sounds like a free and beautiful spirit 🦋

One of my favorite people. Impressive to pull that off at such a young age.

Hey and she likes you too! ahahaha
Thanks for stopping by to have a look and show some support.
Hope to see ya soon~*~

That's scary to have kids naturally but it's really the best way! The body has an amazing intelligence that does not need to be interfered with by the intellect.

Great parenting tips and hope other parents can take inspiration from you and the adorable QiQi :).

Thank yo use much for that. Your support and also encouragement mean a lot to me. I appreciate your comment and hope to see you around.
SteemON!

She is very adorable... as a parent myself, I just can imagine how much love and appreciation you have for her.
You live a very interesting life, I would love to know more about you... Followed and looking forward to see more of your posts.

I appreciate the support and comment.
My life is interesting indeed and if you check out my many posts u will get a lot of insight into it. I also have my own website on my profile and also my sustainable eco village www.intothegardenofeden.com
Bless~*~

That's awesome... will keep watching on your updates and posts here in steemit.

You have a beautiful family!! I really enjoyed this post, thanks for sharing your little Wonder Woman. We are expecting our first (a boy) this October! :)

Oh Wow, EXCITING!
ITs a world changer, hope ur ready to completely change!
Be in touch!

So beautiful! Spectacular! Gorgeous! And amazing!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahaahha

Lovely post on family, the kids are pretty and wonderful. Lovely pictures. Weldon.

I appreciate the support and comment. Hope to see you around.

Awesome man ! /bow Much respect for what your doing and for what your doing for your children. As a father of four, I empathize with all the ups and downs of being a father. Kudos !
Personally, I believe that children need "Direction, not Mandates". aka Freedom

You GOT this ! /cheer

M U C H > R E S P E C T

Your Friend JT Streetman

Thanks!

Yes being a father is very challenging and providing a life of freedom and opportunity is not easy in this world.

I am hoping to provide a high level example that will inspire many to the potential of family!

I appreciate the support and comment. Hope to see you around soon!

/bow ... I need to get (Trying) an acre or two up here in the mountians (Arkansas) ... Inagodadavida II

oh ya, forgot to say ... Hugs all around ! Peace & Love @everyone in the "Garden"

Yes land is a great investment!
Arkansas has a lot of nice land!

Nice introduction post! Glad you made it onto this platform. It’s going to change your life, hope you have a good time.

Yes Steemit has the potential to be revolutionary and has already influenced my life for the better. I am committed to the success of this community and excited to see the progress.
Appreciate the support and hope to interact wit you more.
SteemON!

Thanks for sharing @quinneaker, such an inspiration! I'm also into homeschooling and probably have to move to some other country than Sweden to be able because of the regulations here.

I would like to have your take on water and salt. What source of water do your family drink and do you exclude inorganic salt from your diet? In my experience these might be the most important factors to reach ones potential.
orginorg
http://aquariusthewaterbearer.com/organic-and-inorganic-minerals/

followed and looking forward to seeing more of your extraordinary family! :)

Yes these are very important factors to consider!
I try and exclude anything unhealthy which would include inorganic matter.
As for water I drink herbal activated filtered water or super ionized ph water. Water is one of the main keys to my success!

She's beautiful Quinn and so vibrant. Its nice how from such a young age they get to learn great values from you

Yes we have a wonderful life. Happy to share with you and appreciate your support. Hope to see you around!
SteemON!

Dude the name is so magical I love it! Great post and Cute Kid. I am a parent as well and we are the ones who will teach them right from wrong You just got your self a new follower my friend!

Great to know!
I hope to make more posts that have real value to you. I also hope to see you around again!
Thanks for the support~*~

Wow, what can I say? QiQi is one individual soul who seems to have life figured out, I love the fact you let QiQi be herself and not force her to behave a certain way.

I love the fact she knew what she wanted to be called at such an early age, we have always told our children they can change their names if they please, and two of them have done so,
Bambi is now called Nadie and Nayeli has changed hers slightly to Nageli.

Looking forward to reading about your other 2 children who I am sure are completely different but share similar traits, such as being free and honest and in touch with nature.

You're parenting skills are truly unique and the results speak for them selves, I take my hat of to you and look forward to learning more.

Thank you @quinneaker

Really grateful to read this comment @markwhittam !
Parenting is of the utmost importance to me and I really want to share a lot more about it here on Steemit as I feel humanity needs a major education/parenting revolution.
I have been working on the introduction of my other two but have not yet gotten around to it due to so many projects and responsibilities going on.
However this comment reminds me of how important it is and motivates me to GET ON IT!
Thanks so much I appreciate the support and encouragement!

Hey @quinneaker QiQi brought the biggest smile upon my face. The value and inspiration that you're sharing, is what I'm lookinng for when I joined Steemit. Keep it up! Definitely looking forward to your upcoming posts.

Fantastic!
It brings MANY smiles to my face each day and I am grateful it is doing the same for others. I hope to share a lot more beauty and inspiring posts. Hope to see you around. S
SteemON!

I m so respectfull of the day you raise your kids !!
I am too raising a one year old daughter and try to leave her as free as possible so she can experience as much as possible.I teach her new things everyday and take her swimming too and to the beach every morning. She is quite advance for her age, I am a proud mum. Sometimes people around me don't understand why I don't give her limits or give her so much freedom but I don't care, I do what I think is right .
Feel free to check out my blog, I posted about parenting and still will .
Keep posting, I love reading you

Great to hear, thanks for the comment and support!
We need a lot more freedom and support in this world.
Steemon!

Beautiful man. Im father to a 3 year old Amber Melody, who, like QiQi is being raised in a natural parenting environment. She still breastfeeds with mum, will never go to school (unless she decides she wants it), has never had any pharmaceuticals inside her, and basically also loves being a tiger. The greatest gift I ever knew was being a dad, so I'm right with you bro. Blessings to you and the whole family.

Wow!
SO great to hear! It really is amazing how simple and healthy life can be. I have not found a single draw back to living the extreme alternative ways I am living and COUNTLESS benefits. I hope to share a lot more about this and am also hoping the Steemit community will be receptive as parenting/education is the most important factor of human life.
Hope to see you around~
SteemON!

SO cute!

now this is parenting!
great job!

Thank you so much!
This is very important to me and am really hoping the steemit community will be receptive.
SteemON!

Such a beautiful family and a lovely little girl ! Good vibes from Brussels -

Thanks. I am very grateful and hope to be able to share the continuous blossoming beauty!

@quinneaker what an amazing daughter you have there. Qiqi you are absolutely amazing!
You made a great decision to join Steemit, it is a lovely community. I want to welcome you and let you know that I am available to help answer questions that you might have on how to maneuver the different tools available to Steemians. I can be found @fshllc make sure to follow me, enjoy my posts on my journey on Steemit, cryptocurrency and investing as a whole. If you have questions or would like to contribute to the post or growth of Steemit, leave a comment and upvote. Once again welcome :)
Together we can make Steemit a fun environment!

Awesome!
I totally agree this community is AMAZING and that TOGETHER we can make Steemit what we want!
We are the power~*~

Absolutely @quinneaker
Rock on QiQi, my name is Kiki, never met anyone's name pronounced similar as mine in the Western Hemisphere. She is an amazing little girl and truly reminds me of my childhood. I am the first born and learned to do chores with my parents, my grandmother used to take me to her veggie garden at a young age, I can't claim to have been as responsible as QiQi is because I hear that I was too playful. I am so happy to read about your family and parenting....

Wow cool!
KiKi is a great name! Only name better is QiQi hahahahah
You had a child hood like hers huh? That is very hard to believe!
I am grateful my post was valuable to you and I hope to be able to bring more valuable content in posts to come. Thanks for the support!
Hope to see you around!

@quinneaker Hahahaha "child hood like hers" regarding the freedom, leadership among the siblings, cooking for siblings, gardening and a (let's reason together pair of parents, I will not spank you for your errors but this is what is right and wrong) I think it is the best parenting style period! I have tried to copy my parents parenting style but I have failed miserably (in comparison) lol

hahahaha yes that sounds quite nice...Though if ur parents were so good why do you feel u are failing so miserably?

@quinneaker, well failing miserably is self assessment in comparison to their style and now yours lol. According to Dad I am doing well. My issue is that I am not as patient as my parents are. They like to have lengthy conversations even when someone is outrightly wrong lol.
I do have conversations but they are mostly a matter of facts and I do timeouts a lot. They are amazing kids but I do correct and when I punish I get a sense of guilt especially because I wasn't punished. I hate seeing them sad

Yea as I said I have never done discipline or punishment of any kind yet I also don't judge or tell people what to do.
If you feel bad about something though u should try another way....
I am here for you.
Blessings~*~

There can never be a better introduction than this, I am sure this is beyond the upvote.

Thanks for inspiring us with this interesting post

Thank you for the very supportive comment.
Hope to see you around!

@quinneaker you are nice family and you got Beautiful and multi talented Girl QiQi i wish you all the best here #Steemit

Thank you. I too wish you the best!

I really enjoyed to read about your daughter, she is supercute.

So glad you found joy in it!
I find her to be so cute I remark upon it daily!

Welcome! Will be looking forward to your posts :-)

Up-Voted

RightWithin

Thanks. I hope my posts continue to inspire!

Your daughter is really cute!

Thankful its not just me! hahaha
Appreciate the comment and support!

Bless it be~*~

Wow...that was great your children will learn alot of things...good parents always granted good daughters/sons..keep it up @quinneaker

Thanks!
I agree.

Your daughter is pretty cute the pictures are amazing thanks a lot for sharing and keep on posting ;)

Thanks for the support and appreciation. It means a lot to me as I am committed to sharing content of real value that means something to this community.
SteemON!

Such a delightfully bright and beautiful child and family - appreciate the life tools and love you're giving her- to a bright future!

Thank you for the support. Family is VERY important and I really hope to help more people have better lives~*~

This post wins in so many ways.
First I wanna say that - that stove is sick!!! I love it .
You have a beautiful family and Qiqi is adorable.
Steem on !

Thank you for the support and comment!
It means a lot to me as I really want to share content of the greatest value.
SteemON!

Hi QiQi, best regards

@putrakhan

U don't even read or respect the post at all. You are just trying to get followers and attention. Very few respectable people on steemit will support that at all.
Hope to refine your perspective for actual contributions and success.
SteemON!

sorry if i'm wrong

hi @Quinneaker I hope you enjoy your time here, its a great community :) Nice post, i will follow your account, please follow me ...

Hola, muy buen ariticulo interesante te dejo mi voto +1, y te sigo +1!
hazlo tu tambien con mi perfil https://steemit.com/@rojassartorio

Hello, I leave you my +1 vote and I follow +1. Do it also in my profile > https://steemit.com/@rojassartorio

Beautiful! Have upvoted and will follow you as a fellow parent! Please can you visit my post too, it's all about my two year old son:
https://steemit.com/life/@sweetpea/adventures-of-a-tantruming-two-year-old

Thank you, from @sweetpea

I appreciate this publication, I wish you only happiness.
I follow you.
For me, the Swedish education model And the best

Hola, muy buen ariticulo interesante te dejo mi voto +1, y te sigo +1!
hazlo tu tambien con mi perfil https://steemit.com/@rojassartorio

Hello, I leave you my +1 vote and I follow +1. Do it also in my profile > https://steemit.com/@rojassartorio

That strategy won't really work on Steemit, u will find out sooner or later. Hope I help u adapt for success.
SteemON!

Hard working kids.

Congratulations on your healthy lifestyle @quinneaker .

Thank you!
SteemON!

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This is exactly the kind of posts we don't want to get. If you want attention make posts of your own.

Welcome to Steemit @quinneaker Beautiful photos

Well if u checked the post at all u would know I have been on Steemit for a year. It appears you are one of thousands who just spam comments trying to get your own gains. It won't work well. Im only telling you so that you may adapt and find ways to contribute real value and thus get real value.
SteemON!

Hello, welcome to Steemit, good post. If you want you can go to my profile and see if there is something to your liking. regards

This is obviously a copy/paste comment that you are posting to many peoples page just in hopes to get votes. Its likely you didn't even read my post and that is why there is not a single unique detail in your comment.
If you really want to succeed here on Steemit you will need to commit for the long run and post content with real value.
There are LOTS of good "how to guides" written by very successful Steemians as well as "how NOT TO guides".
Look for them on Steemit and find what way you can contribute your worth.
Best Regards~*~

@quinneaker Welcome to Steemit! Hope you find this to be a great place to share your ideas and thoughts. Keep Steeming on!

  • Upvoted, resteemed and following. ✌

Thanks.

You too!

Beautiful, thank you for a great reading!

Happy to share beauty!

This is a really nice blog and im happy to have found and read it. I believe children bring joy wherever they go and to have some around is a blessing. Your child seems lovely and i bet so do your other children.i am not a parent yet but i aspire to be one very soon. I feel humbled to know people like you who take parenting seriously. Thanks for sharing this amazing message.

Thanks for the appreciation and support.
I agree children are born in love and want to play and share joy each day. Yet every single child I have met lives under the authority of parents, teachers, priests, doctors etc. They are told when and what to eat, they are told when and where to sleep, what to wear etc etc. Children don't get freedom and thus become drones to some degree as almost all adults currently are.
Very few people have even ever met someone who is actually free.
Americans talk about "freedom" and don't have a clue what real freedom is. People don't know what its like to exist not in fear and conformity.
Hope to be able lot bring more content of real value and see you around.
SteemON!

Exactly.you have said it all, most people scream freedom while preventing their children from having friends or joining clubs all in the name of baf influence. I believe if children are taught what is good and bad right from infancy, it would be difficult to influence such a kid to do bad things.

I am sure they will make some mistakes, but as long as they learn, make amends and take responsibility everything will be awesome!
I have great faith in my ability as a father and their ability as beings!

Great article!

PLEASE EXCUSE THE LOW RATING, @donkypong IS CENSORING AND FLAGGING ME

PLEASE UPVOTE!

Oh my heavens 💕
In one amazing post I fell in love with your family. I can't wait to get to know you guys better 💕💕

Awesome!
SO great to hear. Thankful to be able to share in such LOVE!
Hope to see you around!

Welcome to steemit, happy to have you here

Great to be here!
SteemON!

Welcome to the Steemfamily !!! Followed. Follow me back 😘

Thanks, hope u find something of real value.
SteemON!

Nice to meet you @quinneaker , welcome to steemit, hope you are comfortable here, here is a new home for lovers of bloggers and the best platform today, very good intro, I like that, do not forget to visit my profile for info tips and tricks about steemit @wahyusaputra

Copy and paste irrelevant solicitations won't work here on Steemit.
Hoping to help you adapt to success!
SteemON!

I'm so happy after seeing these beautiful, uplifting images and reading your accompanying words, @quinneaker. This post really made me smile!

QiQi, you are just RADIANT! I'm sending you lots of love all the way from England from me and my always-unschooled, free-spirited 15-year-old Raven, who you remind me of very much. It's the bright light and the warmth in your smile, and the sense of freedom and inner strength that radiates out from these photos of you. Shine on, little lady!

(And Quinn - it's lovely to see you making the most of every moment. I know that you do from your posts! It's amazing how quickly our little ones become big ones, and the endearing traits they possess grow, change and mature with them until one day we look back at photos like these and miss the little child they were, even at the same moment we're enjoying their adult company and celebrating their ever-evolving wonders).

lovely picture! freedom family. looking forward on your family post.