Come with us, Kevin!“, called my second-cousins, Carter and Toby.


I was ordered to stay put by the littlest one, but I was so curious about what they had up their (short) sleeves. It was the first time the boys had ever called Kevin away from the rest of the family like that, and the mama-to-be in me just couldn’t help but tip-toe after them with my camera.

I peeked around the front of the house and found them hard at work. Picking dandelions, and arranging them into bouquets as they plucked.


They heard my camera clicking in the distance, and waved for me to come closer.


Turns out, they had planned to present me with their “flowers” after they had assembled large enough bunches. As I walked towards them, Carter popped up on his knees, held out his bouquet, and motioned for the other two to quickly do the same. He whispered something to Kevin as I was taking pictures, and I never did find out what. I sort of love the way that photo makes me wonder though. :-)


They may not always want to dandelion-hunt with their second-cousin Kevin, but this memory will always remind me that sweet little guys can turn into sweet big guys…especially if sweet big guys take time to stop and smell the roses pick the dandelions with them.

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  1. says

    Love hearing you refer to yourself as a “Momma to be”. Call it forth!!! And what a perfect photo opportunity, they are so precious!

  2. Elaine says

    Oh Layla you are so right! It IS so important taking the time for the “little” things because as it turns out …they are not little things at all…they are HUGE! If boys turn out to be men that do the same there is nothing better :) How lucky that you have someone like that and how lucky he has someone who appreciates that quality in him! Bless you both and your little one to be :)

  3. says

    Very sweet! I love how God opens the eyes of little ones to see and show us that there is beauty everywhere. Even in what the world sees as “weeds”. Expect more of those sweet little boquets from your little one.

  4. Marielle says

    Seeral years ago I was in the Austrian Alps in May–surprised to realize that fields of Dandelions were as prized as the fields of Meadow Buttercups.

  5. Dawn says

    Super sweet! That is the perfect way to think as a Momma to be! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  6. Alison says

    This touched me. Such a beautiful collection of moments and the photos are lovely. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Sunny Beamish says

    Suddenly the unloved dandelion becomes the most beautiful flower in the field…sweet story 😀

  8. Diana says

    Just saw this post and it brought a wistful tear to my eye and a smile to my face! Remembering when my three sons were little.. nothing sweeter to a momma than her sweet boys! Of course they turn to teenagers sooner than you think, but thats another story!!! Survived it and now wish they were all back with me… I know that is selfish, but I miss those times.. but now just treasure the precious little time that we do have together.. Bless you and Kevin on your new adventures!!