A note on the photos and a dedication:

The stunning photos in this blog have been graciously “donated” by friends and family, and I thank them for documenting these beautiful and hilarious kid moments.  

Many of the photos you will see are photos of my nieces, Jordyn and Kylie.

Kylie is too young to give explicit permission to use her photo but her father Jim has ok’d it.  I will be sure to ask her when she is old enough.

When I asked Jordyn if I could use her pictures she said :  yeaaah!! 

Jordyn lives in western North Carolina and has a really cool accent that I expect you will hear lots of on his blog if I can get the audiofiles to work properly.  She is a gorgeous pixie of a girl. 

Kylie was born on January 17, 2008 and is the daughter of my sister Heather (pictured here).

Six weeks after Heather learned that she was pregnant with Kylie, her Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which had been in remission for 2 ½ years, relapsed.  Kylie was strong and healthy throughout the pregnancy, despite the chemotherapy that her mother was receiving.   One month after Kylie was born, 30-year-old Heather received a stem cell transplant, the only hope for saving her life.  Tragically, the complications from this procedure took her from us on June 1, 2008.

We miss you Heather.  And we are so lucky to have a piece of your spirit with us in our hearts and in your beautiful daughter Kylie.