dear family.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

dear nathaniel, jordan, william, and lindsey (and gracie too),

remember this picture?  just last summer.  it was a sunny day, a good day.  we were all fresh and clean and looking our sunday best for some family pictures.  some of you might've thought the whole thing was a little silly but you went along with it for my sake.  thanks.  i'm sooo glad we have these pictures.  i'd really like pictures like this every other month but i don't think i can talk you guys into getting them that often, ha.  anyway, only a few months later, your dad and i found out we'd be adding to our family and now we are a mere weeks from meeting this new addition.  it's crazy how fast time goes.  i just wanted to say a few things before i forget them... before i'm neck-deep in the breastfeeding and diapering world that a newborn baby quickly brings.  i love you guys.  i really love you guys.  i can be bad at showing it and a part of me fears that when i'm really tired and cranky from a sleepless night, i will be even worse at showing it.  you guys have been so good at showing me you love me since your dad and i married almost five years ago.  you welcomed me into your family effortlessly even though there was probably a part of you that was afraid my presence would diminish the memory of your mom.  has it?  i hope not.  she was a really special woman and i hope you know that i could never take her place nor would i want to.  i think you know this.  and what i find so remarkable is that you never made me feel second best to her.  you never made me feel like i didn't belong.  if i ever felt i didn't belong, it was my own doing.  i'm glad to be beyond that stage.  for a long time now, it's just felt comfortable.  like we're the six hunts and we all belong in this yellow house of ours eating dinner together, listening to music, and playing cards.  we're going to be seven hunts soon and i don't ever want to make you feel second best.  if i do, please tell me.  cause you're not, you'll never be.  they say a mother's love has an ability to grow bigger with each child they have.  that's what i think will happen.  this baby, your baby brother, will be loved lots.  but so will you.  every day, every minute.  even when i'm tired or sleeping or feeding the baby, i'll still be loving you too. don't forget that.

love always,
mom / bridget


67 comments:

  1. So sweet! And youuh are an amazing woman!!!! Any sign of baby yet? how are you feeling?

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  2. You've made me cry at work. Beautiful!

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  3. So sweet! Your family is lucky to have you! :)

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  4. really, there is no rrom here to say anything but how dang sweet this is. Seven Hunts will be even better than six. Even if it looks like six had a really good thing going.

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  5. this made me cry a little. You are seriously amazing and they're all so lucky to have you.

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  6. woah!
    tears over my cherios and coffee.
    awesome.

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  7. Beautiful...family, words, the love, new blessing. Congrats and all the best!

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  8. how super sweet. those are some lucky kids right there.

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  9. holy tears in my eyes.

    this is so sweet bridget. They had a very good mom to bring them up the way they did. to love and accept you, when i feel it would be so easy to be otherwise. what sweet hearts.

    love to the almost 7 hunts (:

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  10. Bridget, you seriously have the sweetest heart! Loved this :)

    Can't wait to meet baby hunt!!

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  11. 7 hunts has a perfect ring to it.

    you are an amazing mother and they are so lucky to have you.

    beautiful picture of yall!

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  12. They are lucky to have you. :)

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  13. man. you. are. awesome.

    hurry up baby hunt! :)

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  14. What a beautiful and honest post!! your family is so lucky to have such a wonderful mother :)

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  15. this is really sweet, bridgette. i can't imagine how many thoughts and feelings you have about this new baby and your family. i'm sure the kids know how much you love them.

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  16. this made me a bit emotional. i cant even post some snarky innapropriate comment because its just too beautiful Bridge.

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  17. So touching! You will be such a good new momma! Love the family photo.

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  18. so so sweet bridget. much love to you & your precious family!!

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  19. this is the sweetest blog post i've read in a really long time. xo

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  20. This song always gets me. It's one of "mine and Everett's" too.

    I just know those kids are going to fall head over heels for that baby...they're going to understand why you're so tired and maybe cranky. You'll be loving on the baby that they love to. It'll all work out.

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  21. you are honestly so so gorgeous and I love the colors in the photo! This was such a beautiful post, I can't wait to meet the sweet lil babe!

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  22. a beautiful letter to your children. even if some of them are too young to fully understand what you've been able to put into words in this post, they will have this to look back on when they do.

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  23. I loved this little letter. It's absolutely, 100 percent perfect :)

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  24. So beautiful and touching letter. You are a great mother :).

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  25. It's so wonderful that you were able to find each other. Best of luck on your baby!

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  26. i know ya'll think i'm sweet (and, let's be serious, i am) but seriously... not once did i ever get a "you're not my mom" or anything even close. i think that's pretty special. and shows their mom was good at her job! anyway, thanks for all the sweet comments :) love to you all!

    and yes! hunt number 7! hurry up!

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  27. this is really sweet, bridge.

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  28. This is really sweet! I hope you shared this with them too!

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  29. This is so warming. I love that you have taken such care in making sure they know they are fully loved.

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  30. You said it all so beautifully. Good luck with the baby!

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  31. I love that picture.
    You all make up a beautiful, loving family.
    What a beautiful woman you are, Bridget.

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  32. That would so incredibly sweet. My Aunt Flow is in town and that is probably why I am crying now as I type this. You are already an amazing mother and there is always enough love to go around. XOXO

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  33. This is so full of love! They couldn't as for a better mom :)

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  34. Bridge, that's beautiful. Don't know if they read your blog, and even if they do that they'll fully grasp all the meaning in between the lines, buy I hope they will today or someday. You're a great mom. Excited for you all to meet this little guy very soon.

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  35. this is absolutely beautiful, and it's so heartwarming to see the love you all share (not just through this letter, but through what you've shown us through your whole blog!). this baby is so lucky to be a part of such a lovely family! :)

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  36. I am such a crying baby! I can't stop and it's all your fault... So beautiful!

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  37. This totally made me cry.

    You have a beautiful family and life, Bridget. :)

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  38. oh my goodness... this post made me cry. so beautiful.

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  39. gah, i'm in tears. your kiddos, all five of them are lucky to have you :)

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  40. so sweet :-) good luck with the last few weeks of pregnancy!

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  41. So beautiful, Bridget. You were all very intended for one another. So much love in the yellow Hunt house... and more on the way.

    That's one of our fav songs as well.

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  42. Love you. Love this sweet note. Love to call you friend dear lady.
    -love linds

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  43. That was so great to read :)
    Your husband, kids, and future child, are lucky to have you :)

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  44. ahh... that was so beautiful! You're going to be such a good mom (again) :)

    With Love From Michigan

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  45. Made me cry. Those 4 littler Hunts are blessed to have a mama/friend that loves them enough to let them know these things. Hope you printed it for each of them. <3

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  46. you're gonna be a great mom! just by anticipating the needs of these children i can tell :)

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  47. Wow, I haven't been on here for a long time ... SO much news, so much to catch up on, so much more love just around the corner for you lady! You look gorgeous with that lovely bump. And you've given me a tear in my eye with this beautiful letter. Kellie xx

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  48. 1. that picture is darling 2. you are giving the children another sibling/friend it's like a gift to them 3. you are awesome 4. can't wait to see pictures of your new little man

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  49. I have HUGE tears in my eyes, ohmyword... you're a good mama, Bridget. And those kids are somethin' else, so accepting and full of love. That's incredibly special.

    Your family is just amazing.
    <3

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  50. so, so, so sweet. those kids love you so much, and you deserve their love. your position is an incredibly tough one to be in, and i respect you so much not just for being adept at it, but more for struggling with the position.

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  51. I can't wait til Lindsey has a blog of her own one day, comes across this post, an comments on it.

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  52. Such beautiful words for your family... they are lucky x

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  53. this is so so sweet. they are lucky to have you as such a sweet mother to them. and 7 hunts...wow. will be FUN!

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  54. What a great post, I absolutely love your honesty and how passionate you are about your family.

    All of these children and so lucky to have you in their life. :)

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  55. this gave me goosebumps :) congrats to you and your family!

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  56. awww....just found your blog and love this post. So heartfelt and lovely :)

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  57. and you just made me cry. you're the best mama.

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  58. That was lovely. I do hope they all read it! I can tell you are a bit scared how this new baby will shake things up in your family. your 4 children are going to be a HUGE help. this little baby will make you all even closer. you will love the older 4 even more than you do now when you see them holding, rocking, feeding, playing, falling in love with their new baby brother. yes, your family came together in a slightly unconventional way, but that's life and it's beautiful that you all found each other the way you did. trust me, those children are going to be your lifeline with a newborn in the house. and EVERY mother feels this way when a new baby comes along. best wishes to you, and prayers for an uneventful labor and speedy delivery. It can happen, even first a first baby. xo, Tessa

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  59. I LOVE this song. Also, your family is adorable and I hope that they will someday cherish these sweet letters that you write to them.

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  60. Um, don't even know you, yet that letter made me cry. A mother's love is something else, huh?!? Thanks for this. Good luck, best wishes and many many continued blessings.

    p.s. ADORE your letters to baby too. Your bump is the most precious, perfect baby bump {and preggo body, I might add} that I have ever seen. No lie.

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  61. Oh, this is such a beautiful post.

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  62. I read your blog often for moral support. I am on the third weekend of having my boyfriend's kids over...and this is the hardest thing I have ever done. I never pictured my life to be with step kids but I am doing the best I can. I appreciate you writing about your experience.

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  63. Hi Bridget,

    I have been a silent reader of your blog since last week, and though I already shared it with people (my hubby included), I never thought I'd post a comment, until I found this post.

    I am a working mother of two little girls (5 and 2) and if I had ever felt I was doing so much, I am humbled after finding about you.

    You are one amazing woman and am sure are inspiring to so many like me, in different ways.

    Bless you and your beautiful family!

    Lots of love,
    Deepa (from India)

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