Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From the Tree

It has been 8 months today since Matt died. Because our boys are all young, I've thought a lot about how to preserve their memories of their dad. Since Seth won't have any, I am especially concerned about him having a link to his father.


When Seth was just 5 days old, a dear friend of mine sent a photographer, Maggie Holmes, to our home for a photo shoot. When she asked if there was anything specific I was looking for, I asked her to take a picture of Seth on Matt's piano bench.




Still today the sweetness of that moment brings tears to my eyes. We have pictures of Brigham playing the piano with his dad, and Hunter playing the piano with his dad. But for Seth, the best I could do was this image of his exquisitely beautiful five-day-old self with the motionless keys of his dad's piano in the background.

Today, almost 7 months after that picture was taken, I put Seth back on a piano bench. The image is hugely different! It's kind of long, because I don't know how to edit, so don't feel bad if you skip some of it.




video

I don't know if Seth has been blessed with Matt's musical ability or if he's just a jolly baby in front of a really noisy toy. I do know he was really upset when I took him away from it. Here's hoping the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

11 comments:

- lola jae said...

how sweet is that. thanks for sharing!

Erin said...

I want to eat that cute little apple!

Julie said...

Precious! I will be thinking about you on this Mother's Day.

Becky said...

It's a beautiful picture of Seth. I'm sending much love your way today!

dustin and amy said...

How come I didn't know you had a blog until now? What a sweet video, I love it!!!

Orr Family said...

It will be fun to watch your boys grow up, and see Matt in them! I am sure throughout their lives you will see Matt in all of them! It is so sweet!!!

Julie said...

Brenda,
that was too cute and what talent, I swear I heard the tune to "play that funky music white boy"...I love the photo and with a dad like Matt, there is no doubt he will follow in his footsteps!!your mom left a sweet message on my blog and I so appreciated it...I still think about you guys often and hope your move is smooth and exciting...Miss you and hope you have a great Mother's Day!!

Cami, Chris and Bretton said...

That is too cute! Let's hope he has Matt's gift. The world could sure use some of that again! Happy Mother's day

Joni Gardine said...

That picture of Seth is beautiful in so many ways. Those sweet boys are lucky to have you. I hope your Mother's Day is a special one.

The Romneys said...

Wow! That picture is so precious! You always bring tears to my eyes!

Danell said...

I'm thinking it's talent. I've put Sam infront of a piano and he doesn't enjoy it nearly as much. What a cutie - love the sweet picture on the piano.