The acorn and the oak.


Ben crooning, shot with Canon 6D


Ben crooning, shot with Canon 6D

When I look at Ben these days, especially with a guitar in hand, I am reminded of the acorn and the oak. That there is a little seed in all of us with so much possibility. These photos feel like a window into some possible future… one that will hopefully bring Ben lots of joy.

These days, when Ben isn’t filming himself on the Flip camera, he will play for me and say, “This one’s the song that’s also the name of the album.” or “This one’s going to be a hit.”

He still needs to learn to play guitar, but he’s clearly got all the moves.

What seed still lives inside of us?

I saw an old photograph once of the brilliant photographer Alfred Stieglitz (well known for his stunning portraits of Georgia O’Keefe) He was about 3 years old and has a photograph wrapped around his neck attached to a piece of string. The caption read that he saw the photo and became obsessed with it; he wanted to have it close to his heart all the time.


Ben on the guitar at 2 years old


The obsession began early, Ben in an ad for Speesees clothing at 2

P.S. If you’ve been following me on Facebook, you know I just bought a brand new camera! It’s called the Canon 6D and it is my first pro-grade, fancy-pants full frame camera. In short, I am thrilled. I’ve been snapping pictures all weekend long with a fervor I haven’t experienced in a long time. The first two shots of Ben are with the new gear. SO excited!




  1. Posted January 14, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    Ben…we await your first concert!

  2. sara
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    and, wow, is it me or do you also see a lot of Matt in that little rock star?

  3. Rosemarie Vertullo
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    I think we have a future rock star!

  4. Posted January 14, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    I hope you don’t mind, but as someone who has been following you since before Ben was a seed — when he was just a wish and a prayer — I have to say that I feel like he is part of my life. I love to see him doing so well — and to see that great heart and soul on display! I can’t wait til he’s ready to share his gifts with the world!

  5. Nancy Guillery
    Posted January 15, 2013 at 2:20 am | Permalink

    What a cutie!! So precious!

  6. Darcie
    Posted January 15, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    I’m with Anna! It does my heart good to see him, knowing that I agreed in prayer that he’d come to be!

  7. Rachel
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    Ben totally needs guitar lessons!!!! : )

  8. Robin Troxell
    Posted January 30, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    I had no idea Ben was a little model – but it makes perfect sense! and a rock star in the making!

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