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Sunday, January 2, 2011

I Heart Faces - Best Face Photo of 2010

Best FACE 2010_Mom Tagged

Dear Mom,


Papa isn’t the only one who thinks so.

A few weeks ago, after spending the day with you, Jenny commented, “I felt like I was with you all day, Mom. Mapa would say something, or do something, and I would think, ‘Yep! That’s just like my Mom.’” What a lovely compliment. I can’t think of anyone else I would strive to be like.

I took thousands of photos this year, but have so few of you. Of course, I snuck in a few. One day, your grandchildren will cherish them.

I hope they will also learn to value another trait I may have received from you—tough love. Since I was a little girl, you have always been honest in your opinions (photography included). If it wasn’t good, (if we didn’t give it our best) it didn’t go on the refrigerator. But, when it did, we knew we could accomplish greatness.

Gone are the refrigerator days. With all the miles between us, and separate refrigerators, we have to make adjustments. Enter Facebook.

When you selected THIS photo as your Facebook profile pic, MY photo, and a photo of YOU, I felt prouder than a kid in front of her very own refrigerator art display.

As a result, out of the thousands of photos I took in 2010, this one stands at the top! I call it “Who Loves Ya Babe?"

I do.


Wanna see more Tops in 2010? My selection came easy, but can you imagine picking your favorite from the entire year?! Check them out this week at I Heart Faces.


Danelle said...

This is just adorable!

daydream.photography said...

beautiful beautiful photo

Simple Girl said...

I love it!

Tiaras said...

what a lovely capture!

Marla said...

Beautiful, perfect picture... but I think I love your commentary even more. :)

Marla @ www.blueskiesphotoblog.com

Ciara L said...

Oh, wow! I love the happiness in her eyes. What a great photo!
PS Thanks for the comment on butnotso.com.

Jamilah said...

LOVE!! What a beautiful image... the look on her face... the sweet kiss... it's just perfect =)

Mapa said...

Well...after the tears, I want to say, "I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy." Thank you. You know how proud I am of you, your photography, your writing and your smile...something I would love to see more of. You are a success..believe it and live it. And I'll keep displaying your Christmas candle every year! ;)

Tamar SB said...

What a sweet picture, love the hues too!


fiddlehead said...

Isn't this photo just beautiful! Feels like you can see the beauty of her soul coming right through! Beautiful capture!

Sugar Mama said...

She looks so loved! I love how he is kissing her... incredibly sweet. And it's a great capture.

Dena said...

What a touching picture and letter to your mom. Very sweet.

Suzanne Barber said...

How sweet is that?! I love this.

Mandy said...

I really love your entry! Its sweet, pure, and a great moment captured!

Christina said...

Lovely picture, lovely tribute!

DeMeyers Photography said...


Liv said...

aww I love this! Its so nice to see a picture in this challenge that doesn't have a cute baby, or child under 10. Nice choice!