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Magic Hour 9

Photographers call dusk the “magic hour”, as the light softens in a way that brings softness and dramatic contrast to the camera lens, and makes us all glow more beautifully.

Here, we walk on a beach just outside Marbella, on a mission to explore new places around this apartment JJ’s parents now have. The water of the Mediterranean felt warm against my bare feet, the sand soft against my toes. A little girl sat, looking into the distance, perhaps dreaming of where she’s from. Three small children dug in the sand, as excited about making a hole as most kids get about a new toy. And JJ and I strolled along, him avoiding rocks, me going up to my knees in the surf, almost losing a flip flop.

The magic hour, on this beach, this evening. In this life, right now.

Magic. Because it’s so soothing and relaxing, like spreading cool lotion on a sunburn, for JJ and I to spend time together, alone, for a couple of days here after three weeks with his parents.

But mostly, magic because I’m pregnant at last! Due in February! We are so, so thrilled. I can’t wait to share more.


  1. Megsie

    08/12/2011 at 3:50 pm

    Oh! OH! OH! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Tears in my eyes happy for you Willow, you are already a fantastic Mama!

    Sending hugs and good wishes to you, I can’t wait to hear more!!!


  2. Megsie

    08/12/2011 at 3:51 pm

    Now, see? You distracted me from telling you how delish those photos are and how jealous I am of your time alone with your love. Both, true. But A BABY?! That trumps EVERYTHING!

  3. Claire

    08/12/2011 at 9:55 pm

    Wonderful news! I’ve been so hopeful waiting to hear these past few months. Congratulations and much love, c

  4. Cherry

    08/13/2011 at 12:59 am

    Thank you thank you!!

    Claire: I didn’t realize you stopped by here, and it makes me smile to know you do!

    Meg: The distraction was intentional, I was feeling playful as I wrote the post and thought about how to share the news here! 🙂

  5. irenka

    08/13/2011 at 6:50 am

    Oh My!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS! I feel so SO happy for you guys! This is the best news! Gee you made my day! 😀

  6. Larry Gallagher

    08/16/2011 at 1:58 pm

    That’s great news! I’m glad you’re getting some good alone time, and are beginning such a grand adventure. Looking forward to hearing more!

  7. Jerusha

    08/31/2011 at 9:16 am

    Hooray for baby! Magical and wonderful and romantic. There are little hearts floating over your heads I think…

  8. Cherry

    08/31/2011 at 9:20 am

    Thanks for the good wishes everyone! More soon.

  9. Cynthia Newberry Martin

    09/28/2011 at 6:01 pm

    Oh my gosh! I’m so excited for you! Congratulations!!!! I got goose bumps reading. And went back to the top and read again. So happy for you.


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