Living Arrows is a lovely photo series hosted by Donna over at What The Redhead Said which is all about celebrating childhood. As the poet Khalil Gibran wrote:
“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.”
I’m enjoying taking lots of photos of the children, and it is only when I look back over them that I notice the little things that I didn’t see at the time. The determination, or resilience or absolute joy that can be fleeting moments, but oh so precious.
This week Little Miss had her second horse riding lesson. It was so wonderful to see her confidence grow almost by the minute. In her first lesson she learnt how to use the reins, but this time we went to a different stables and they concentrated much more on her balance, which was exactly what she needed. I was truly amazed to see her stand up in the stirrups and balance as the horse was trotting around the ring! She moved from walking, to trotting, to a rising trot and did a great job of rising in time with the horse. She really amazes me with her fearlessness and determination.
I just love this photo from Little Sir – it tells me so many things. His confidence has grown immeasurably over the last 17 months. When he first came home, he really struggled with having his picture taken and knowing how to smile, but now he is so super confident in himself that he’ll ask me to take photos of him several times a day! This was taken on Saturday on his first day of half term and he loved still being in his PJ’s at midday. In fact if he had his way, I think he would have stayed in them until bedtime!