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Begin with Children

If we are to reach real peace in this world and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with children; and if they will grow up in their natural innocence, we won't have to struggle; we won't have to pass fruitless idle resolutions, but we shall go from love to love and peace to peace, until at last all the corners of the world are covered with that peace and love for which consciously or unconsciously the whole world is hungering. -Mahatma Gandhi

(All shots were taken at at my extended family's holiday gathering last week).
These children live in safe, comfortable homes with nourishing food, warm clothing, and a loving environment. Would that every child in the world have the same opportunity.

Peace to all in the coming year....especially the children.
Goldbrandi Super portraits! :))
Goldbrandi · 2009-12-31: 17:09
finbarr Beautiful Portraits !! happy new year to you,
finbarr · 2009-12-31: 17:18
SADHYA Lovely post and wonderful sentiments for the start of a new decade. Thank you Marsha.
SADHYA · 2009-12-31: 17:21
????? You have lovely grandchildren, very cute.... and nice to use some Gandhi's words !!
????? · 2009-12-31: 17:31
smbunation Nice post, Marsha. Great quote and beautiful portraits. Thanks for sharing and Happy, Happy New Year!
smbunation · 2009-12-31: 17:39
lynnsgallery2 A very very touching post Marsha!!! Each shot is amazingly beautiful...I love the way you composed every photo. Such wonderful faces of these lovely children :))
lynnsgallery2 · 2009-12-31: 18:52
????? These are wonderful Marsha! Great portraits, beautiful children and a beautiful quote! Happy New Year!
????? · 2009-12-31: 19:24
SunFlower1990 WOW..Beautiful post!
SunFlower1990 · 2009-12-31: 20:09
Jarvo Beautiful portraits. Inspiring quote too.
Jarvo · 2009-12-31: 21:21
????? Beautiful work Marsha...and I know you enjoyed doind it! I look at my grandchildren and hope that they will be safe too.
????? · 2009-12-31: 23:05
CaseyLynn Wonderful Shots Marsha....love the portraits shots... my heart melts with the sight of children. Hope you have a wonderful and Happy New Year :)
CaseyLynn · 2009-12-31: 23:07
soubhagya These are beautiful shots Marsha! have a nice new year!
soubhagya · 2010-01-01: 02:00
busybee36 A thought provoking post to go with some great portraits of your family. You certainly have the knack of taking fantastic photos of children! Happy New Year to you all.
busybee36 · 2010-01-01: 02:52
leocheung Beautiful pictures, beautiful thought. Happy New Year !
leocheung · 2010-01-01: 02:58
dreadwear absolutely stunning portraits! beautiful.
dreadwear · 2010-01-01: 03:40
????? "Wonder not what will become of your children, but of what your children will become"

Happy new year Marsha :-)
????? · 2010-01-01: 07:28
girafferacing What a beautiful set of portraits :-)
girafferacing · 2010-01-01: 08:38
pandka Beautiful portraits and great message!
pandka · 2010-01-01: 08:43
agnes65 great quote Marsha, love the portraits of your grandchildren these are really beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing !
agnes65 · 2010-01-01: 09:47
saso63 very cute - Child in Time
saso63 · 2010-01-01: 09:56
justgood What a great message and how lovely these portraits are!!!
justgood · 2010-01-01: 10:56
dontblink Wonderful portraits and great words.
dontblink · 2010-01-01: 11:18
somogyvari Beautiful portraits! Happy New Year!
somogyvari · 2010-01-01: 12:17
photogp Happy new year !
Great set!
good job!
photogp · 2010-01-01: 12:29
Unchained Lovely set, lovely children and lovely words. Why we wish every year the same things and why they never become true?
Unchained · 2010-01-01: 13:58
gonia so many pretty children / and happy /, we must remember about these children from Africa, South America and Asia who have nothing and dying from hunger, and we are guilty- we adult.I hope it'll change, perhaps, may be,.............may not?
gonia · 2010-01-01: 14:13
charlye Bellissimi ritratti,complimenti!
charlye · 2010-01-01: 14:27
MouseholeKit Beautiful set of portraits.
Especially love the blue eyes and blue cardigan in the last one.

YES, they all look a lovely lot of children too - obviously - that goes without saying.
MouseholeKit · 2010-01-01: 15:39
JaCkYe cute... happy new year
JaCkYe · 2010-01-01: 16:39
mystic1 Wonderful Portraits and a fantastic message
mystic1 · 2010-01-01: 16:46
Eiram Beautiful post!

Eiram · 2010-01-01: 16:51
Jannie Beautiful post Marsha. Exceptional portrait shots. So sweet & innocent.
Jannie · 2010-01-01: 22:55
sendao lovely set,.... happy new year to you!
sendao · 2010-01-02: 00:29
tagastar Excellent portraits!!
loved this set

I wish you many prosperous years to come and happy 2010!
tagastar · 2010-01-02: 07:50
onlyricky these are all excellent shots Marsha!
Lovely portraits!
onlyricky · 2010-01-02: 09:56
JumiElla Wonderful portraits! Especially #1,2,8. Lovely models! Peace to you too! :-)))
JumiElla · 2010-01-02: 19:59
kenzshots beautiful portraits of children, we still have a long way to go for the words of gandhi to be brought to fruition though....
best wishes for the new year.....
kenzshots · 2010-01-02: 20:38
snapshoot ALL are very fine portrait shots! Lovely control of your camera :-)
snapshoot · 2010-01-02: 23:08
nssco50 Truly beautiful captures and post!! Love them all:-)) Thanks for sharing:))
nssco50 · 2010-01-03: 00:55
MoMac Lovely message and portraits
MoMac · 2010-01-03: 08:46
miltonjacob an excellent post with its theme and shots. well done. so happy to see the words of the Father of my nation, Mahatmaji.
miltonjacob · 2010-01-03: 18:14
????? Wonderful shots Marsha!!!
And a great post. Oh how nice it would be.
????? · 2010-01-03: 18:47
LysMandala Thanks Marsha for this emotional post.
I join your desires.
LysMandala · 2010-01-03: 19:12
LAZYWASP Great post....Happy New Year to all.
LAZYWASP · 2010-01-04: 08:55
jennye Beautiful post Marsha!!!
Happy New Year!
jennye · 2010-01-04: 09:39
maudlaurens Très joli set Marsha !
maudlaurens · 2010-01-04: 15:13
NellyBly So precious shots, I agree with the quote...the last one is so beautiful, wondrous shot and blue eyes!
NellyBly · 2010-01-04: 17:59
Ryana Second portrait is the most stunning in this great post.
Ryana · 2010-01-05: 10:48
tomie awesome set!
tomie · 2010-01-05: 14:30
????? Oh Marsha...
This post really touchs me.
I have had wonderful experiences with Spanish children in my trips, working as intructor... but also in remote places where children grow up in the most absolute misery and have to work to take money or food to their homes. Where is their childhood, I wonder... And I realized that it was there, somewhere in their eyes, in their beautiful smiles... I should make a post about this.

Thanks a lot for sharing these wonderful portraits of your family and for your moving words.
????? · 2010-01-07: 16:34
????? AWESOME portraits, you have a gift!!~
????? · 2010-01-07: 17:07
longimanus thank you for this. and thanks for the link to ghassans blog, its really worth visiting.
longimanus · 2010-01-08: 14:11
lgnelson Wonderful portraits of beautiful children. You are MANY times blessed!
lgnelson · 2010-01-13: 19:20
????? Great start, Marsha, with your grandchildren. Thanks for sharing :-)
????? · 2010-01-15: 09:45
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