Grab the Moments

July 8, 2014

Do you all remember this post?  Well, today I’m going to do an update on it.

Here is the picture that was the centerpiece of that post.

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And here–in the same spot, wearing the same uniform—is another picture of Sarah, a little over a year later.


Side-by-side comparison. food lion collage

Those children (or grandchildren) of yours may look perfectly the same to you tomorrow as they did today, but a year from now? Today’s children will be gone and tomorrow’s children will have taken their place.  

Living with Sarah day in and day out over this past year, I didn’t even notice the changes taking place. But when I compared the two photos, I was absolutely stunned.

I was also reminded that time never stands still–for any of us. And in light of that, I don’t want to just seize the day; I want to grab the moments, as well.   






14 responses to Grab the Moments

  1. Wow, that is amazing- a really dramatic change over the course of a year! It’s one of the things I love about being a mom- getting to see my daughter grow from a little girl to (now) a beautiful teenager. Sometimes I wonder what she will look like as an adult. I know this time next year my daughter will have changed a lot (she is already asking for blue highlights, which would be a pretty dramatic change!)

    • Jenna,

      You have the added joy of watching your daughter grow into a beautiful teen knowing what a huge difference you are making in her daily life and her future. (And blue highlights are an interesting idea!) 🙂

  2. one year shows
    more shine to her hair…
    more sparkle in her eyes…
    and more joy in her smile….

    always beautiful, though…..

  3. My goodness….what a difference just one year makes. I barely noticed it over the course of the year, as it was all just so gradual. But then when you show comparison pictures….wow! She looks every bit the part of a new college student in the fall! It has been such a pleasure to be able to watch the transformation over the years from little girl to young woman. And you and Steve must be so very proud!!

    • LeeAnne,

      I guess if I would have seen those pictures and not known Sarah I would have guessed that 2 or 3 years had passed. And you’re right–she’s looking just like a college student these days. 🙂

      Thanks for your comments and for participating so frequently in the comments here at Smithellaneous.

  4. From a high school girl to a young woman headed to college – subtle but significant. Even more beautiful today than ever. Her happiness just shines through.

  5. One year and a whole lifetime of confidence emerging!

    • Jan,

      That’s a good observation–I see a lot more confidence in her face and demeanor in that second shot.

  6. I wish there was a *Like* button :). Sarah is beautiful, as always 🙂

  7. I was wondering if she was still at the Food Lion – been watching the changes in Sara as she has grown a lot this year- just a beautiful as always. So many parents take a pix of their kids every morning as they head to school- wish I had more but we didn’t have cell phones, etc to do that with.

    • Becky,

      Yes, she took a break from Food Lion during the school year and has just started back up again, except she’s working quite a few more hours this year than last.

      I’m not sure if I’d want to take a picture of my child every single school morning but I guess it would be fun to see the progression at the end of the year wouldn’t it? That way it might not sneak up so gradually.