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Fairy Princess

We didn’t do birthday photos this year, of either of the kids. Sometimes, stuff just gets away from us.

We did back to school photos… sort of. I mean, the kids on the front porch with their backpacks. But nothing extravagant.

Having started 7th grade this year, real live junior high school, Jack has no patience for photo shoots. He’ll allow me to take the occasional candid, but heading out for an hour of taking photos just to document where he is in life right now? NOPE. Not even a little bit. Luckily, he’ll have football games this fall and we can show him off then.

But Dorothy… Dorothy is still all about the dress up. She’s still mine to play with and direct and prance around in the sunset light. She’s had a rough couple of months, as you might have read. She started kindergarten with facial scarring, and that’s a pretty rough way to do it. She’s always been a vibrant confident little girl, but the last 6 weeks have seen her avoid mirrors, self-consciously ask if she looks ok, and worry what people are going to think of her beautiful face.

So when we had time to take an hour and really just celebrate this little lady, all on her own… we took it. She had an amazing time, and said she felt like a fairy princess. And I think in every single image, I captured just a glimpse of who she is to ME right now. She’s the absolute light of my life, and I’m so blessed to be her mommy.


Precious one. With your missing teeth and wild hair and squeaky alien voice. You have captivated every single one of us since your first breath, and apparently you’re just going to keep doing it. We’re so proud of you, brave girl.

  1. Kathy

    September 7th, 2015 at 8:22 am

    she is such a precious little light! Loves the smiles and inner beauty you captured! Those eyes are just so wonderful!

  2. Jen Schilb

    September 7th, 2015 at 8:22 am

    She is just beautiful!

  3. Loren

    September 7th, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Oh, my heart. Beautiful, sweet Doofy. I was hoping this was happening when I saw her dressed up on Instagram last week. The result is just breathtaking — and tear-jerking. #teamdoofy

  4. Becca Newton

    September 7th, 2015 at 8:28 am

    She is absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous! Her spunky personality shines through every photo. Doofy girl, let no one tell you you’re less than perfect.

  5. Bethe

    September 7th, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Oh! She looks so beautiful! I love that wild hair (reminds me of another wild haired girl I know). She is a one-of-a-kind who is going to take this world by storm.

  6. Hilly

    September 7th, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Sweet Doof! You are the most radiant thing! You are a beautiful gift to everyone that knows you. Every time I hear your giggle- I can’t help but feel joy and laugh with you! You are a beautiful embodiment of God’s love, grace and restorative redemption in these photos! Can’t wait to see what He has in store for you life and your awesome older brother!! Love you guys!

  7. Angie

    September 7th, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Oh my gosh, so beautiful. I love the little spin. But, stop letting her make that serious face, because she just looks too grown up! 🙂

  8. Amanda J.

    September 7th, 2015 at 9:03 am

    These are amazing, and I cried my face off looking at them.

  9. Lo Read

    September 7th, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Stunning. Just stunning! She looks so magical!

  10. Morgan W

    September 7th, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Precious little girl!!!! So pretty!!

  11. Aunt Marla

    September 7th, 2015 at 10:25 am

    She is so beautiful and these pictures are so sweet! Love to all.

  12. Ashlie

    September 7th, 2015 at 10:26 am

    She’s SOOOO beautiful Chelsea! I wish I looked like that. I hope these will give her more confidence and show her that she has nothing to be self-conscious about. And when she’s older she can look back at them and have great memories of how much her parents love her and wanted her to love herself.

  13. Liesa

    September 7th, 2015 at 11:04 am

    They are all stunning, seriously. But the one for me that takes the cake is where she is looking up at you sandwiched between the two rows of three. So stinking gorgeous and genuine.

  14. Amy

    September 7th, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    I love these! She’s just precious & I love her hair! It’s so long now & she definitely looks like a little fairy princess! I also love the one Mack has of the two of them. So adorable!

  15. Nicole

    September 7th, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    OMG! She looks so grown up in some of these! These are precious! Dorothy, you are gorgeous!

  16. Cathy

    September 7th, 2015 at 10:04 pm


  17. MaryAnn

    September 7th, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Love this! She IS a fairy princess and looks absolutely perfect. She is such a trooper! And no avoiding mirrors anymore. God made her in His own image!

  18. caitlin

    September 8th, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    I didn’t see scars in half those pictures – I was too busy being TOTALLY jealous of her hair and those gorgeous eyes! What a beautiful little one.

  19. Ann

    September 9th, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Perfection. Breathtaking.

  20. Kylie

    September 14th, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Oh my gosh Chelsea, these are absolutely breathtaking.
    She’s so beautiful!

  21. Vicki

    September 15th, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Dorothy is so beautiful inside and out!!!!

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