Then and Now

15 years ago today I learned about unconditional love, the power of prayer, and the gift of motherhood. My twins made their entrance in this world 13 weeks too early and weighed only 2 pounds each. Today they turn 15 and are smart, beautiful and totally amazing!
They were 3 weeks old in the picture they are holding, and those are my hands.
Thanks for looking, and if you have time, stop by and wish them a happy birthday!
@beamqueen http://365project.org/beamqueen/365
@honeybees http://365project.org/honeybees/365
Aw! WOW! What a wonderful photo! Happy birthday!!!!
posted January 2nd, 2012  
Happy birthday, my guys will be 23 at the end of the month!
posted January 2nd, 2012  
Happy Birthday!
this is a great portrait of your girls Sharon and I love seeing their photo at 3 weeks, nice touch including it!
posted January 2nd, 2012  
great photo. your beautiful tiny babies have turned into beautiful young ladies. I am sure you are proud. Congrats and happy birthday to them :) May God bless them (and you) with many more birthdays.
posted January 2nd, 2012  
Oh Sharon what a lovely posting - my nephew was a 2lb baby too - I remember how nerve-wracking it was and remember holding my hand next to his head and not believing my eyes that my fist was bigger.... he's around 6 foot now!!
You have two really beautiful daughters, Congratulations to you and a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to each of them!
posted January 2nd, 2012  
Happy Birthday girls! Such a sweet shot! It's amazing what modern technology allows to happen.
posted January 2nd, 2012  
2 beautiful girls in both photos. I'm glad they recovered from their early apperance. I hope they've had a wonderful day
posted January 2nd, 2012  
Amy
Beautiful story. Beautiful girls.
posted January 2nd, 2012  
How wonderful to see them then and now, they are beautiful girls!
posted January 2nd, 2012  
Love the then and now... Happy BIRTH day to you too!
posted January 2nd, 2012  
Beautiful beautiful girls. Looks like they and you all made the best of a hard stop
posted January 2nd, 2012  
Such pretty girls and such an awesome story to go with a really spectacular photo, Sharon! I know you're proud and who could blame you?! Well done - on EVERYTHING! Happy Birthday to your gems!
posted January 2nd, 2012  
Wonderful...
posted January 2nd, 2012  
They are beautiful!! Happy Birthday B & R!!:)
posted January 2nd, 2012  
Wow. Amazing Photo! Awesome idea.
posted January 2nd, 2012  
Very touching story and I love them holding their infant shot...Happy Birthday!!
posted January 2nd, 2012  
Amazing! They’re beautiful girls!
posted January 2nd, 2012  
Wow. such an awesome photo. I can totally relate to this picture for a few reasons. For one, I am a twin myself. Two, my sister and I were born 3 MONTHS early!!! I was not breathing when I came out and feel so blessed and lucky to be alive too. Elise and I are 18 now, will be 19 in just 2 weeks. It's amazing how much we've grown. From 3 pounds and hand'sized then to how big we are now? Wow. time flies and we are so blessed!
You have two beautiful young ladies. They look very mature for their age!
posted January 2nd, 2012  
congratulations on such an amazing job.
posted January 2nd, 2012  
Sharon, your daughters are beautiful and are wonderful photographers with very creative shots! I am going to have to follow them now! :o)
posted January 2nd, 2012  
p.s. it is also MY firstborn son's birthday today! 36 years ago...I am still trying to figure out how it is that I have a child that old...I still feel like that is MY age...
posted January 2nd, 2012  
What a beautiful photo Sharon, and it seems like it was only yesterday, right? They are beautiful.
posted January 2nd, 2012  
Oh how wonderful I'm a twin happy birthday girls looks like you too get on as well ad me n twin sister its an amazing thing to be a twin! Great photo so special. All the best x
posted January 2nd, 2012  
What a beautiful photo! Happy birthday to the girls!
posted January 3rd, 2012  
They are gorgeous! Happy Birthday, twins :)
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Truly beautiful daughters, Sharon . . they are lovely inside and outside! I've been viewing your family for a few months now and feel like I know these two great and very polite girls. Be proud, mama. :)
posted January 3rd, 2012  
wow, amazing shot - you've really got something to celebrate here
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Awesome shot. Just like my twins, 2 lbs 1 oz and 2 lbs 8 oz. Now 6 years-old and doing fine!
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Wonderful shot, A happy birthday to them both!
posted January 3rd, 2012  
We are only a third of the way to where you are the the times seems to fly. What a great shot of the birthday girls.
posted January 3rd, 2012  
I really love their hair haha (: Hope they had a good birthday!
posted January 3rd, 2012  
sharon - this is a wonderful moment photo!!!!!
posted January 3rd, 2012  
This gave me goosebumps... so beautiful! Happy birthday to your girls!
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Really nice birthday pic!
posted January 3rd, 2012  
That is an amazing story to go with an equally amazing picture. Happy Birthday to your girls. 15 years from now, them holding a picture of this picture is going to make for a great picture.
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Wow- awesome testimony! Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughters! Incredible shot!
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Amazing photo and such a blessing.
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Both pictures are beautiful. I know it has been said a thousand times, but they grow up too fast
posted January 3rd, 2012  
OK, I shall fav it!
posted January 3rd, 2012  
How beautiful they are!! Happy Birthday to them
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Happy birthday to your beautiful girls. Wonderful shot.
posted January 3rd, 2012  
great pic!
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Oh how sweet! Such gorgeous girls.
posted January 3rd, 2012  
awww, sweet; you chose a nice way of portraying this happy day
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Love it!
posted January 3rd, 2012  
really too precious for words. they are stunning. fav.
posted January 3rd, 2012  
They r so pretty!! This is such a gorgeous photo and an amazing idea for a photo!! Great job!
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Wow, Sharon! This is just so beautiful, as are your beautiful girls! What a true testimonial to unconditional love and care and a blessing for you! Happy Birthday to them both!
posted January 3rd, 2012  
wonderful story, awesome pic. happy birthday to each of them
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Your girls are so pretty! Hope you all had a wonderful day! I have been following Rebecca but didn't know she was your daughter. I guess great photography runs in the family!
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Gorgeous photo .. What a lovely story and look at them now!
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Happy Birthday to your beautiful girls!! Great size comparison having your hands in the photo...they look tiny!
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Sharon this is such a sweet photo and the photo they are holding really makes me think about how precious each and every baby is. You know I didn't quite realise until now that these are your twins!! I've seen their beautiful photos but didn't make the connection with you!
posted January 3rd, 2012  
nicely done
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Happy Birthday to your lovely girls!!! I love this pic!!! :0)
posted January 3rd, 2012  
wow this is incredible, what a lovely shot.

Sharon i have just checked out your girls' projects and you have 2 incredibly talented girls...following them both now...x
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Simply beautiful! What a powerful, sweet photograph. Time flies but love grows. A very Happy Birthday to your beautiful girls.
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Happy Birthday to the young ladies and congrats to the proud mother!!
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Happy Birthday young ladies,& such a precious photo...beautiful.
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Deb
What a gorgeous photo and just beautiful young girls :)
posted January 3rd, 2012  
You have two very gorgeous girls! I hope they have had a wonderful birthday.
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Beautiful girls... what a gift you received!
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Wow - amazing story and incredible picture.
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Wow! great story and they are both beautiful! wish they have a wonderful birthday! :D
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Looks like you're getting on well with your new camera, lady.
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Sharon, have you ever heard of Olivia Bell, you must go on the internet and see her work, i really think your styles are very similar, very gifted.
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Precious!! Congrats on the popular page!
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Adorable...the pic AND the girls! I have triplets and while they weren't born early, they seemed tiny at the time. I'll remember this shot when they get just a lil older (they're 5 now).
posted January 3rd, 2012  
This is a wonderful picture
posted January 3rd, 2012  
OMG look at their tiny little selves!!! And how gorgeous are your daughters?!?
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Aww beautiful shot.
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Beautiful pic, beautiful girls!
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Amazing story and picture! Happy birthday!
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Hee
Beautiful portraiture of your twins...they are turning into pretty princess.
Will definitely drop by their 365 to wish them happy birthday.
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Fabulous! Mine turn 15 in August, but they were only 4 weeks early and the one in the NICU was the giant of the floor at 6 lb 5 oz. It's amazing how fast they grow and turn into wonderful, viable people. I wonder if I can remember to try a shot like this on their next birthday. Thanks for the inspiration...
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Happy Birthday girls..Both are beautiful. This photo is so cute and amazing :) Regards.. Wishes. and Keep Clicking.
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Wow - your words brought tears to my eyes. Such beautiful girls, and such a gift to you. We just welcomed our second granddaughter into our lives, and it really is such a miracle!
posted January 3rd, 2012  
wow--amazing story and beautiful young ladies :)
posted January 3rd, 2012  
wow....gorgeous shot........and happy birthday to your beautiful daughters
posted January 3rd, 2012  
They are indeed beautiful and what a wonderful way to capture their growth! Happy birthday girls!!!!
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Beautiful girls, beautiful picture and a touching story!
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Heartwarming!! They are beautiful. Happy Birthday to them!
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Beautiful young Lasses,sweet 15th to them
posted January 3rd, 2012  
I just LOVE this! They are beautiful. Happy Birthday girls!
posted January 3rd, 2012  
I love this photo- so touching. Happy birthday to them (and you, momma).
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Hope they both had a lovely birthday. beautiful ladies. :)
posted January 3rd, 2012  
They look gorgeous! Happy Birthday to them! Love this!
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Just wonderful!! Beautiful girls in a beautiful pic!
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Happy birthday girls....so beautiful!
posted January 3rd, 2012  
This is really lovely, what beautiful girls you have
posted January 3rd, 2012  
beautiful x
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Awww...so amazing! The miracle of birth and bigger miracle of raising happy healthy human beings and how great they turn out! In just 15 short years....I am in awe of it.
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Lovely pic :) love the story behind it x
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Aww, they are so beautiful! Amazing story!
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Touching post. You have two beautiful, healthy young ladies. God is great!
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Beautiful words, story and picture.
posted January 3rd, 2012  
a very happy birthday to your pretty girls! beautiful photo and story :)
posted January 3rd, 2012  
LOVE LOVE not only because it 's amazing picture but because I also have twins :)
posted January 3rd, 2012  
What an amazing story!! They are beautiful!!! Awesome pic and thanks for sharing.
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Wow! Awesome story and picture! your daughters are both fantastic photographers!!
posted January 3rd, 2012  
Wow! How scary and amazing all at the same time. And look at them now!
posted January 4th, 2012  
Oh, how teeny they were! Parenthood is an amazing gift and blessing and you have been doubly blessed. Beautiful picture and sentiment.
posted January 4th, 2012  
Awesome image. I did wish them happy birthday. Now following all of you. So cool your children participate with you. I just bought my 7 year old his first real camera (not a toy) for Christmas. It is a fuji point and shoot. Hopefully some day he will photograph with me.
posted January 4th, 2012  
Thank you for sharing this photo and story of your beautiful twins!! What an amazing blessing ♥
posted January 4th, 2012  
Kim
wonderful shot, what a great idea. Such beautiful girls and a touching story.
posted January 4th, 2012  
What beautiful birthday girls! I love this idea. I'm going to have to try it out with my twins on their next birthday.
posted January 4th, 2012  
Happy Birthday to the girls...Great picture and story!
posted January 4th, 2012  
wonderful picture and storey! Congratulation to you for such a fine family and happy birthday to the girls!
posted January 4th, 2012  
what an amazing photo... and beautiful girls :-)
posted January 4th, 2012  
Happy Birthday Girls :) Great photo :)

posted January 4th, 2012  
I work as an RN in the NICU at Children's hospital in Alabama, but I rarely get to hear of the stories of previous patients when they get to this age. Thank you for sharing!
posted January 4th, 2012  
Awesome photo and look how far they've come! That's so great. I have a friend currently going through the whole waiting game with her little man who is now 3 months old, but was born at 14 + 2 wks early ... he's yet to leave hospital. It is a long and tough road. I love these stories of great outcomes :) It does give hope.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY gorgeous girls!!! :)
posted January 4th, 2012  
this is beautiful
posted January 4th, 2012  
They are gorgeous girls, I hope they had a lovely day.
posted January 4th, 2012  
What beautiful girls and great way to capture their growth! Happy birthday girls!!!!
posted January 4th, 2012  
ohhh this is so cute!
posted January 4th, 2012  
this is a beautiful shot! I follow them both for a while (with plesure), but i did not know they were sisters, but when they both posted there 15-year shot i found out! and now i know there is also a mum on 365!
posted January 4th, 2012  
Happy Birthday girls!!! My twin boys were early too...they are healthy and amazing...kids are a true gift!
posted January 4th, 2012  
I just made the family connection! Great story and a beautiful pair!
posted January 4th, 2012  
Moving shot :)
posted January 4th, 2012  
Wonderful photo of your girls, so very dramatic holding their photo. Happy Birthday to them!
posted January 4th, 2012  
Beautiful :)
posted January 5th, 2012  
What a wonderful picture. Thanks for sharing with the world! Happy Birthday girls!
posted January 5th, 2012  
this picture really says a lot of sweet moments :) just loved it .... wonderful click!! :)
posted January 5th, 2012  
Awww.....speechless. Lovely.
posted January 5th, 2012  
NR
Simply beautiful!
posted January 5th, 2012  
Love this how special instant fave
posted January 5th, 2012  
Sweet!
posted January 5th, 2012  
What a precious shot and such beautiful daughters.
posted January 5th, 2012  
So sweet! They are beautiful!
posted January 5th, 2012  
This is amazing!
posted January 5th, 2012  
How lucky all of you are! Happy Birthday girls!
posted January 5th, 2012  
Amazing! Happy Birthday :)
posted January 5th, 2012  
amazing! ^^ happy late birthday!
posted January 6th, 2012  
Aww- Happy belated birthday to your beautiful girls! They've come a long way! Fantastic photo!!
posted January 6th, 2012  
just came across this site at Nat'l Geog. - pix of twins - tht. you might enjoy running through them:
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/01/twins/cobb-schoeller-photography#/04-adopted-from-china-now-living-canada-670.jpg
posted January 8th, 2012  
I see now that the photos are portraying some sets of twins for the purpose of mentioning something informational about them - more than that they are wonderful NG photos of twins, but I'll leave the link up in case you are interested anyway.
posted January 8th, 2012  
@reba Thanks Reba! I did enjoy the link!
posted January 8th, 2012  
Sharon - thanks for sharing this with me. You must be a very proud mother as your daughters are beautiful and extremely talented photographers.
posted January 20th, 2012  
Today'ss Pic reminded me.. That I forgot to put this lovely photo in my FAV.
posted April 13th, 2012  
Love the twin photo and the twin photo topic. Just wish I could get my 17 year old boys to actually let me take their picture. All the twin pix have inspired me to try, I just hope I'm up to the challenge
posted May 10th, 2012  
They are beautiful! Love how they are holding their baby photo.
posted June 24th, 2012  
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