Protraits Of Us : 1 - The Magic Onions

Protraits Of Us : 1

Time passes too quickly.

I passed a mother who was hugging her toddler the other day. She held him tightly to her and he fitted into her body as only a toddler can.  He was pressing his cheek against hers and she had his sweet curly hair in her hands. The embrace was almost desperate… or, as I have come to realize since, my perception of it was desperate. I felt a pang of loss as I watched them in that moment. The feeling surprised me… why wasn’t I thinking how sweet they were? Why did watching them make me feel sad?  And then it hit me… I will never again hold my own toddler in my arms like that mother was holding hers… my toddler is 6 now… and 10! My time for holding my toddlers like that will never be again. Did I know at the time how special it was? Did I cherish it and drink it in? Right now I wish with all my heart that I could hug my toddlers like that again… just one more time and really, really, imprint the feeling of it into my mind… their sweet ‘little’ smell, their squishy belly, their soft, silky hair.

But I can’t. That time has gone. The only thing I can do is cherish the stage we are at now. One day, this time will be gone just like that time of toddlerhood is gone.

So, to help me cherish every little moment, I’m going to post a portrait of my children every week. A photo of them doing every-day-little-things that I know I will miss in the years to come. When I’m missing these sweet sunbursts as they are now, I’ll come back and see that I did cherish them. I did drink them in and I did know how special it all was.


Kitty loves Moose so much. She is still amazed at how lucky she is that he chose her (kind of like how I am amazed at how Kitty and Teddy chose us 10 and 6 years ago).

Teddy eats his porridge on the couch in front of the fire every morning… with a little sugar and shaved almonds and some Moose-love (ps – before we got Moose, we wouldn’t have dreamed we’d allow a dog on the couch. But, as I’ve discussed above, everything is precious… even the dog on the couch).

Here’s to these happy, special days.

Blessings and magic,


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Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

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  1. This is the second time I’ve read these sentiments recently, and I can relate. It’s so bittersweet.
    I’m curious (for future reference), how is Moose’s shedding? He is so cute, I want to put his breed on our short list for when we’re ready for a dog.

    • Hi Trace, Thanks for your kind words.
      I’ve been surprised at how little Moose sheds… I though it would be worse. I do find a hair or two of his here and there, but it’s totally manageable (and I’m very lazy like that).
      He really is a super cool dog :-)
      Blessings and magic,

  2. That’s great to hear. He certainly seems to be a perfect fit for your family!

  3. What a sweet post. Similar thoughts have been going on in my head too. My little one is about to turn 7. These times are precious and pass far too quickly.

  4. Thanks for this post. I have been home with my kids since birth. My daughter is 6 now and my son will turn 3 at the end of the month. I wish desperately to have another baby, but my age and current situation leave me to believe that it will never happen. I am a single parent and I’m 40. I have recently made the decision to start looking for work outside the home once again. Finances being the clincher! But I am sad that time is passing to fast. I do cherrish every moment,but how do I get passed living the life I truly want versus living the life I need to for us to survive. It certainly isn’t easy. I wish I could slow down time or pause it for a while!
    We also just got a puppy! She’s 2months old and we love her dearly. Your post resonated with me..glad to know I’m not alone! :)

    • Hi Melanie,
      I’m sorry you are going through this. I feel for you. It’s always scary to enter a new stage but remember that each new phase can give us new gifts. You have given your children a wonderful start and they will thrive from the time and effort you have shared with them. You are obviously a loving mom and they are lucky to have you. You are stronger, smarter and braver than you think :-)
      Special blessings and magic to you and your sweet ones.
      Love Donni

  5. ahh! love seeing your kids and pup together!

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