Things They Can’t Say: Live and Love Outloud

Kristi Bonney is a wife, mother, writer and photographer who’s passionate about living out loud. Her blog, Live and Love Out Loud, is a beautiful and inspiring hub of heartwarming dispatches from the parenting front, photography eye candy, tips, tutorials and photo challenge awesomeness.

Dear Sweet Child,


You’re beautiful, unique and wonderfully made and I’ve got so much to say.



Don’t ever settle.




Really live.


Laugh and smile to your heart’s content.



Discover joy – pure joy.


Run, skip, hop, twirl.



Dance as if no one is watching.



Take risks. Don’t be afraid – attack challenges head on.



Spread your wings and fly.


Don’t lose sight. Remain focused.



Don’t forget where you’re from, but celebrate where you have been.


Be humble, compassionate, considerate and kind.


Don’t judge others – you’ve never been in their shoes.



Embrace cultural diversity and differences, for there’s beauty in us all.



Break stereotypes; forge your own path.



Never stop learning, never stop growing.


Always give your very best.


Cultivate friendships.



Tell the truth.


Slow down to feel the warmth of the sun on your face.



And never ever ever forget that I am always here for you.



To protect you and guide you.


To keep you safe, happy and healthy.


To listen.


To care.


To wipe away your tears.


To give you the tools you need to succeed.


To be in your corner; your number one fan.


To fight and advocate for you on your behalf.


To share my wisdom and knowledge.


To pick you up when you fall.


I’m forever and always your mom.


We’ll laugh together, cry together. We’ll even argue and fight, but my love for you knows no end. You are my child – mine – and that will never ever change. I will love you for all of my days.


You are beautiful, unique and wonderfully made and I wouldn’t have it any other way.


Be sure to leave Kristi some comment love here and then go visit her blog! She’s one of my favorite people, y’all. 

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  1. What a beautiful message to your children, Kristi. (And gorgeous photos!) I hope to give my children the same valuable guidance and advice as they grow, too. 
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  2. Kristi, beautiful words, gorgeous pictures. You are a good mom.
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  3. This post has touched my heart! What amazing words and pictures!
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  4. So beautiful!  Thanks for sharing.
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  5. What a beautiful post. You have such a big heart, Kristi.
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  6. Waaaaah! This was so beautiful I’m weeping all over the place. Your kids are GORGEOUS and your writing is perfection. Loved this so much. 
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  7. Beautiful!

  8. This is so inspiring and the pictures are gorgeous! Beautifully written!
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  9. Love this, kristi! So beautiful. So true!
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  10. Wow.  Just beautiful. Truly. 
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  11. What an amazing letter and gorgeous pictures. Love all of this.
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  12. Oh, this is stunning.

    A true portrait of your mothering, and your heart.

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  13. What a great message for your kids!
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  14. Beautiful post!
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  15. Love this post! Your are a good mom.
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  16. LOVE… everything about this post. Your children are very lucky to have you as their mom. The love just shines through, in your words and your pictures. You are such an inspiration to me. I may not always comment but I sure read and see everything you post! :)
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  17. So beautiful, the photos and the words.
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  18. Gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your talent with us!
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  19. Thanks, Mary! Have a great weekend. :)
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  20. Beautiful…the words and photography. :)
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  21. That is BEAUTIFUL!
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  22. Beautiful photography! I love it :)
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  23. You’ve condensed mothering in a simple and inspiring “how-to” manual, complete with pictures. Absolutely lovely~
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