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I realize we haven’t posted in a long time. We apologize! So I thought I’d post something near and dear to my heart.

Children. There’s nothing I want more in the world than to have children. (Don’t get excited – I’m not pregnant!) But having children is something I am very much looking forward to. And I’m pretty sure I know why that is. I had an awesome childhood! I had the coolest parents – parents who used to be hardcore (Christian) hippies! I had two awesome older brothers who were never embarrassed of me when I would tag along. I loved spending time with my family so much, that throughout high school, instead of hanging out with my friends like most high-schoolers on a Friday night, my parents and I had Friday movie nights! They were the highlight of my week :)

Even in college, I was very much a homebody… that is until I met Randy. Then everything changed. Before I knew it, I was married. I admit it was a fast transition! And as hard as it was for my parents to “let me go” (and for me to leave the nest), they always, always, always supported me. They always encouraged my brothers and I to pursue whatever careers we wanted (we’re all artists, by the way) and paid for college for ALL three of us. And when I decided to get married as a junior in college, they were behind me 100%, even when other people weren’t.

So I guess this is my tribute to my parents for everything they’ve given me. And perhaps the greatest gift they gave me was trust. They’ve always trusted me and had faith in me, even when I didn’t (self confidence has long been my foe!) So I want to tell them, in the form of a public blog, how much I love them and appreciate them for everything they do. I hope, one day, I’ll be as wonderful a parent as they are :)

If you haven’t figured it out already, this is Erin writing. But I would also like to give a shout out of love to Randy’s parents – all three of them. Though I wasn’t around to witness their parenting when Randy was a child, I know they did an awesome job because that’s why Randy is the man he is today. I know there were lots of sacrifices made and support given to him when he did the scariest of activities (Randy raced motocross for 15 years). So thank you and we love you very, very much!

In keeping with the reminiscing, here are some family photos. We promise a “real” blog will be on it’s way shortly!

My dad, who was my inspriration to become a photographer, took this picture of my mom when they were in college.

My dad, who was my inspriration to become a photographer, took this picture of my mom when they were in college.

My dad's self portrait. Cracks me up :)

My dad's self portrait. Cracks me up :)

The coolest self portrait ever!

The coolest self portrait ever!

Hippie power!!!

The coolest kids in Houston, Texas.

The coolest kids in Houston, Texas.

Now THAT is what I call a gutsy hair style! Love it.

Now THAT is what I call a gutsy hair style! Love it.

And when he wasn't racing motorcycles, he was skateboarding! Boys will be boys...

And when he wasn't racing motorcycles, he was skateboarding! Boys will be boys...

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