Mini Me

I have talked about my boys.  I thought it was time to share with you my little girl.

My “lucky charm” .


Tatum A.J. for short.

She was the biggest surprise of my life for two reasons– We didn’t know she was coming & We didn’t know if she was a girl or a boy until the moment we met .

To know my little girl is to know my SELF all over again.

She is me looking back at myself.

She is my reflection.

My every-NESS

The me I always hoped to be..  I hold her dear, and close to my heart.

It’s haunting (some times) to see her outside playiny–hitting the ball, digging in the garden, laughing with boys, riding bikes,  playing with bugs,eating hot dogs, playing with dolls-pretending–

as if I were standing watching her with the ghost of Christmas past.

She is me. I am her.  We are ONE.

Tatum gives me a stillness that catches my breath that reminds me to breathe.


I love being her mother–I love being her friend.

She is four going on five.

I am five going on four.

Life is short.

Enjoy the beauty that stands before your very eyes.


Author: openlifestudio

I am a self taught photographer and mixed media artist with a degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts in classical theatre performance. Stage was my first love and brought me into the world art while photography is what made me want to stay. I am married to superman, and am the mother of three little super-ducks. I studied creative writing at the Univeristy of Tn and classical drama at the NC School of the Arts, and a Masters in Education with concentration of inclusion and curriculum. I've liived in NYC and LA for the past decade and moved back to TN for some home cooking and back yard fun . I spend most of my days getting little ones through life and playing in my studio. I sell my work through different venues and am really happy where I find myself these days. I love to drink a bottle of wine (with my hubby) coupled with extra cheddar blast goldfish! Having kids has changed my life, the arts has shaped my life, and my soulmate continues everyday to walk through my life beside me. What else could a country city girl like me need.

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