Memories Captured – September Link Up!

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Congratulations, May of Achieving Clarity, you’re the winner of Dawn Buttler’s jewelry! Thank you everyone for linking up. Put these dates in your calendar for next month’s linkup – October 15-19.


Mother and baby

Credit goes to my brother-in-law for taking this picture


“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.”

 -Robert Browning

It’s been a rough month as far as motherhood goes.

There have been more days that I feel like I’ve failed than not.

But there have been some really, really good moments.

Like this one, when I was playing with the baby.

He loves being in the air.

I love making him smile.


Now it’s your turn to share your special memory this month! Galit and I can’t wait to read and swoon.

The linkup is open from September 10 – 14 (closes at 9pm Eastern).

Link up with your special memories this month from September 10 – 14 and one of you will win $50 worth of jewelry from Dawn Butler Jewelry – gorgeous, yes? Winner will be chosen via

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • September 10, 2012 Galit Breen

    Oh that quote, that photo, your sweet heart.

    Hang onto the wins, mama. Eventually they reign over all else.

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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      You always have the right words, my friend. xo

  • September 10, 2012 Christine

    Oh I love that picture. I love being able to make my kids smile. That makes all the other hard moments disappear and so worth it.
    Christine recently wrote…Memories Captured: KindergartenMy Profile

    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      Yes, absolutely. I realize that sometimes, I can CREATE those good moments to counter the bad.

  • September 10, 2012 Mark

    What a beautiful happy little guy he is. And just be grateful that he didn’t get sick while up there!
    Your Friend, m.
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      One day, he will puke on my face while in the air, I just know it.

  • September 10, 2012 sarah

    that picture is the best and could not fit the quote better! I love robert browning (and elizabeth too) 🙂 I plan on linking up a little something!
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      So glad you did!! Oscar is so very gorgeous.

  • September 10, 2012 ilene

    I remember how much my kids loved being in the air when they were babies! And they still love it! diving boards, snow boarding, roller coasters, LOL! I hope there are brighter days ahead for you….those parenting rough patches can be tricky….the guilt always gets me, too.
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      I do see the bright spots. I won’t let the tricky patches color that. 🙂

  • September 10, 2012 tracy

    Beautiful. Beautiful. xo
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      Thank you, thank you. xo

  • September 10, 2012 Julia

    Such a beautiful picture, your brother in law did a great job. I tried for months to get a picture like that of me and my little guy. It never came out the way I imagined it.
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      It was totally spontaneous too – I was just having fun with the little guy and my brother in law happened to be taking pictures 🙂

  • September 10, 2012 Ruth

    What a beautiful picture! And yes, I love to make my son smiles too.
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Ruth!

  • September 10, 2012 MamaCassie

    Oh, I love this picture. I wish all moments like this could be put in one big photo album to look through when times are hard. People like you blogging about the real ups and downs of motherhood, make me feel so much less alone when I experience them myself. 🙂 So thank you. 🙂
    MamaCassie recently wrote…Memories Captured – BlessedMy Profile

    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      I can totally print these pictures and put them in an album 🙂 (good idea!)

      Blogging is fabulous BECAUSE we know we are not alone. Thank you for reading.

  • September 10, 2012 June

    Beautiful beautiful pic! And I love that quote on love too!
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      Thank you June!

  • September 10, 2012 Mama Pants

    Oh that pic is so beautiful! So so beautiful <3
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      Thank you so much!

  • September 10, 2012 Mirjam

    That picture is just incredibly awesome!
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      It’s almost perfect 🙂

  • September 10, 2012 Kristen

    I love this photo. It reminds me of when I used to do this with my girls (so very long ago) and they would get that great belly laugh. Thank you for reminding me of that.
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      I know that I won’t be able to do this forever so I do it whenever I can, they love it so!

  • September 11, 2012 Natalie

    I love LOVE this pic…it captures what motherhood is all about!
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      It does, doesn’t it? At least the good part. 🙂

  • September 11, 2012 Mom Photographer

    beautiful quote! and I have felt the same way for last few weeks.
    The photo of you two is wonderful!

    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      It’s the hard and the easy, isn’t it, this motherhood gig?

      • September 14, 2012 Mom Photographer

        that’s why I agree that being a full time mother is the hardest job ever… ok, maybe an astronaut is the hardest one 😉
        I hope you feel better soon!

  • September 11, 2012 angela

    XO Remember the smiles and the wins. Those are the ones that count.
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      I’m tucking them into a corner of my heart for the hard times. 🙂

  • September 11, 2012 Stasha

    Love this photo my sweet friend. It is just what I imagine you like, everyday. Even when you might not feel it. xoxo

    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      Favorite comment of the day. Thank you. xo

  • September 11, 2012 Carolyn

    Great photo.
    I’m sure the wins outweigh the “other stuff”. Hard to remember when you are in the trenches, but try.
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      I do, I am. 🙂

  • September 11, 2012 Rach (DonutsMama)

    Cute, cute picture. You both look enthralled with each other.
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      Oh, I’m smitten.

  • September 11, 2012 Leslie

    Look at that adorable little fauxhawk! I can’t wait until the littlest one is ready for some air time too!
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      That time will come soon enough!

  • September 11, 2012 Maureen

    That picture needs to be up by your wall, Alison. It just so perfectly captured the joy and love also the bond between you and Scrumplet! Let me see if I can join this time 😉
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      I do want to get this one printed and framed. 🙂

  • September 11, 2012 Kim

    Beautiful, beautiful photo, Alison. I love it when a moment like that is captured. The quote is perfect. (I haven’t seen that one before.)
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      I do love that it was captured. And thank you.

  • September 11, 2012 Kir

    oh wow, look at those faces. LOVE EM both!!!! You really are one of the best mommies I know.

    Kir recently wrote…Just Be Enough: ListeningMy Profile

    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      Wheeee is what I say to him!! And thank you, my friend. xo

  • September 11, 2012 Vanita

    there’s always going to be not-so-good-trying-moments, right? i’m so glad that thee’s great moments like these that make it all worth it.
    i’ve got no pic for the link up because i had my best moment last night.
    i was feeling awful, migraine, fever. i was freezing. natasha came into the bedroom and said “mom what’s wrong? u sick now? i said yes and she’s screamed, daddy! damian! mommy’s sick! the two came running into the bedroom. natasha says daddy, you bring medicine for mommy and damian you bring blankie for mommy. hubby asks if i want mortrin, i mumble yes, he heads to the kitchen, damian drags my blanket over and natasha tucks me in.
    the migraine was worth it.
    i love this pic girl. i’m so happy that you keep this blog with all these wonderful memories. i love it here
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      Aw, that is SO sweet!!
      And thank you for loving it here. I do too, and you guys make it special for me.

  • September 11, 2012 Ado

    He’s a little too charming for words, the way he’s looking at you. That baby has more personality in his teensy little body than some adults have! (-: Great photo.
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      Do you know, he’s always staring at me. It’s adorable.

  • September 11, 2012 Jessica

    I freaking LOVE Robert Browning (and that picture).
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      Heh, thank you. I do too.

  • September 11, 2012 Kim

    I love this.
    This photo is like peeking in from out here, from the window, from across the street from an ivy covered wrought iron balcony.
    These words are tiny gems strung together and hanging Honesty in front of all of us, because this is what is Is.
    It is good and bad, too much and not enough, it is “I got this” and ” I need help”.
    It is “am I doing the right thing?” covered with a sprinkling of “who the fuck cares”
    This post is a reminder that at the end of the day, we will most remember are the way their eyes giggled from up in the air, how their smile was wider than an ocean, how that Joy was too big to fit into our Heart. Or so we thought.
    Thank You…:-) {apologies if the language offended}
    {and also, for the comment the size of a brownie sundae}
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      Can I cut and paste this whole comment and use it as my copy for the picture? xo

  • September 12, 2012 Adrienne

    I love that picture. Motherhood is one tough job! Glad you both had some smiles. XXOO
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      We do have smiles every day, thank goodness for that.

  • That quote really sums it all up. Hang in there!
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      Totally hanging on.

  • September 12, 2012 Lady Jennie

    I’m sorry I never link up. Playing with photos is not a skill of mine. But I love seeing yours and Galit’s. I love the little man flying high. 🙂
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      Oh it’s okay, Jennie! Yes, little man LOVES flying high!

  • September 12, 2012 Kristin

    Motherhood has been rough on me this last week or so. Lil’ Bit is in a major “Daddy phase” and I feel neither respected nor very loved right about now. And then I lost my temper with her last night AND again this morning, which only added a massive dollop of guilt to my already humongous piece of pity pie.

    So. I’m trying to hold onto the good moments, and will continue to do so. Because I have a feeling 3 is gonna be one helluva ride.
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      Omigod, THREE. *sob* I’ve been told 3 is far worse than 2. Hold me. Okay, let’s hold each other.

  • September 12, 2012 Asianmommy

    Aww..I kinda miss those days–when you could just pick them up and carry them around with you. Not so easy anymore at ages 8 & 10!
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      I bet!! Even the toddler is pretty heavy, I can’t swing him up like that anymore.

  • September 12, 2012 Elaine A.

    oh that photo! Be still my Momma heart! So precious!!
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      He is quite awesome, my little guy.

  • September 12, 2012 Jessica

    Oh, I love that picture! Kudos to your brother! I am so excited to take part in the link up this month! I’ve been really sick, so this is just what I needed!

    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      So glad you can link up!

  • September 12, 2012 Barbara

    What an incredibly sweet picture!!
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Barbara!

  • September 12, 2012 Jamie

    What an awesome picture. He only has eyes for mama. And he is getting bigger. Too cute.
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      He stares at me all the time. It’s kinda adorable. 🙂

  • September 12, 2012 Jessica

    Look at all that hair! Oh my.
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      The picture is kinda deceiving, he actually doesn’t have much hair. 🙂

  • September 12, 2012 Janice

    Sometimes I wish I was either small enough or I knew a giant….so that I could be picked up in the air like that too and feel how fun that must be!
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      Right?? It must be fun, the kids really love it.

  • September 12, 2012 Jen {at} take2mommy

    That really is a wonderful photo! And you’re gonna have killer biceps and triceps 🙂
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      Who needs weights? 🙂

  • September 12, 2012 Blond Duck

    I only have puppies, not babies.
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      I bet they like to be thrown in the air too!

  • September 12, 2012 Katie E

    Oh, I love this happy mama/baby picture! Those moments make all the less fun parts of the newborn days worth it, don’t they?
    Katie E recently wrote…Memories Captured: SeptemberMy Profile

    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      Oh absolutely!

  • September 12, 2012 Kimberly

    Beautifully happy picture!
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    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      It helps when one has a happy shiny baby 🙂 And thank you!

  • September 12, 2012 Amanda

    The photo and quote are perfection! Unfortunately, there is no such thing as perfection in motherhood, so we take what we can get. And I can tell by the looks on both of your faces that you’re doing an awesome job, even on an off month.
    Amanda recently wrote…How Things Have ChangedMy Profile

    • September 12, 2012 Alison

      Thank you so much, Amanda, for your words.

  • September 13, 2012 AnnMarie

    I love that smile. And you look so happy as well. I still love to do this with Gia. She’s a peanut so I’m still able to. 🙂
    AnnMarie recently wrote…Memories Captured: Someone is Getting BigMy Profile

    • September 13, 2012 Alison

      Oh he makes me happy. So happy.

  • September 13, 2012 Mrs. Weber

    Gorgeous photo!!! Love. We all feel like we’re failing at times. At the end of the day, if you’re feeding, bathing and loving on your child, you are an excellent mama. Don’t compare yourself to others!!!

    Hoping to link up tomorrow 🙂
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    • September 13, 2012 Alison

      Oh not comparing. Things have just been tough with the toddler. But it’s getting better. 🙂

  • September 13, 2012 Tonya

    I adore that quote and the photo…. beautiful!
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    • September 13, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Tonya!

  • September 13, 2012 Robin

    What a great photo! Rough months suck – hope there’s a better ratio of joy to frustration in your future.
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    • September 13, 2012 Alison

      I hope so too!

  • September 14, 2012 Tayarra

    Such a sweet heart. He’s getting so big!!! We fail a lot don’t we?! Thank goodness they are forgiving and failing is a big part of life to experience and rise from!

    • September 14, 2012 Alison

      Yes, they are remarkably forgiving, our children. Without failure, how do we judge success, yes?

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