The Calm After the Bedtime Storm Is One of the Best Moments in Motherhood (PHOTOS)

Tracey Clark | Nov 27, 2012 Being a Mom
The Calm After the Bedtime Storm Is One of the Best Moments in Motherhood (PHOTOS)

by Angie Dornier

For as much as I really want to enjoy the rhythm and routine of my family’s daily life, there are some nights (that usually follow long days) when it’s much more difficult than others. On nights like that, every little thing feels arduous, exaggerated, and often absurd. This collection of images from mom and photographer Angie Dornier reminds me that I am not alone. But, even better, it reminds me that there can be such poignant beauty in the moments that feel difficult and drawn out, and that capturing the most authentic moments of our family life is perhaps the best and most beautiful artform there is.

Angie Dornier & family"The Evening Push" in Angie's own words:

The "I don't wanna go to bed" time. The "brush your teeth, don't splash in the tub, go potty, don't forget to wash your hands" time. The "put on your pajamas, pick up your dirty clothes, don't bother your sister" time. It's the "don't make me tell you again" time. The "deep breath because I know they're tired and we're tired too" time. It's the "please choose a short book because I have more work to do after you're asleep" time. It's not always this way, but some nights are tough. We push through with patience because we love them so much.

Angie Dornier and her amazing husband reside in Houston, Texas for the third time now. Neither of them owns cowboy boots yet, but their kids Braden (6) and Kendall (3) do. Angie teaches photography to kids and adults and shares her photos on Flickr and Instagram.


Images via Angie Dornier

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