Creating: A Family Affair

Monday, October 4, 2010

Aaahh...this picture says it all, doesn't it?
These people, these relationships...

This right here is why I wear silk to play in.
Why I never save a compliment for tomorrow.
Why I find so many reasons to smile in a day.

My eighteen-year-old brother died when I was twenty, and it didn't take me very long to figure I could never again be the girl who saves anything for special occasions.
Just being alive, knowing these awesome little people, and loving my husband with crazy abandon IS the special occasion.

I carry your heart with me.
I carry it in my heart.
I am never without it.
Wherever I go, you go, my dear...
I fear no fate, for you are
my fate, my sweet.
I want no world, for beautiful,
you are my world, my true.
Here is the deepest secret
no one knows...
which grows higher than a soul can hope
or mind can hide.
It's the wonder that's keeping the stars apart--
I carry your heart.
I carry it in my heart.

(Anthropologie Drifting By Dress, J.Crew Cardigan and Bouquet Sash, Seychelles Whiskey T-Straps)

Makenzie Rayne

Reagan Creed

Konrad Taite


  1. Oh, Kristina, your family is lovely, and I love your philosophy about how to live. I'm terribly sorry to hear about the loss of your brother.

  2. awww... This post is so touching! You have a beautiful family. Thank you for sharing these photos with us.

  3. so touching...thanks for sharing :) i love your advice about life, very sweet! so easy (for me) to forget and think about everything going wrong...
    i'm so sorry about your brother, that is so sad he died so young :( one of my good friends just passed away and he was only 21...such a hard thing.
    do you have any other siblings?
    you have such a beautiful family, inside and out! thanks for sharing the lovely pictures :)
    have a great evening :0)

  4. Oh my goodness, i totally love the drifting by dress on you here Kristina. It's styled so well with the earthy cardi and floral belt (i've got to try that!). Just gorgeous. What a beautiful family!

  5. love the sentiment of your post. I agree no need to save anything for a "special" day. Your family is wonderful!

  6. Thank you so much for sharing this touching and inspiring outlook on life, Kristina. I tend to focus on the negative and all the "what-ifs", which makes it too easy for me to forget to prioritize the people and relationships that matter the most. Thank you again for a lovely reminder to keep everything in perspective.

  7. What a beautiful post! Your philosophy on life and living is inspiring and certainly gives me much to think about. You have a beautiful family and that should always be celebrated!

    I love the way you styled this dress. You look beautiful:)

  8. This is truly an inspiring post. Every day and the people around us should be the special occasion. You have a beautiful family, and I'm sorry to hear about your loss. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Thank you for your comment Kristina. I think I should think about tutorial of my flowers :)
    I read your blog with great pleasure because of your posts and wonderfull photos. And yes, you have wonderful family.

  10. You have a beautiful family! and..yes..the dress is amazing. life is all too good to save things for special occasions. very good mantra to live by :)

  11. wild flower--no other siblings, just me and him.

  12. You have a beautiful family Kristina! Thanks for reminding us that every moment spent with our loved ones is special. :-)

  13. aww...that really breaks my heart as i only have a younger brother as well :'( i don't know what i would do if anything happened to him (he is 21)...
    while i was in high school i had 7 friends pass away and another one recently...
    i remember one of the moms who had recently lost a son saying you don't realize how strong you can be or the beautiful things you discover in life until something like this happens to you and everything happens for a good reason...
    i thought about this often and even though i have a strong faith and confidence in God and his son who died for us, eternal life, and heaven it still breaks my heart when a tragedy like that happens
    i'm soo sorry about your brother and your family's loss but can tell you are a strong woman :)
    thanks for feeling free to share your heart with us Kristina, hope you and your family have a great evening

  14. Love this dress, Kristina! Did you have to alter it at all?

  15. You look beautiful Kristina, but more then that you ARE beautiful - thank you for sharing your touching thoughts about soaking in every moment and honoring your brother's life by celebrating the gift of each day.


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