A number of months ago I read this article and could relate so well. I thought that I needed the reminder and was determined to make it happen. But...
Recently I was looking through pictures taken in the last six months for Eliana's post placement report. There were so many adorable pictures! Pictures of her alone. Pictures of her with Keith. Pictures of her with Annika. Pictures of her with each of the boys. Pictures of all of the children. Pictures of Keith with all of the children. But there was one picture I could not find. There were no pictures of my sweet baby with me! Not on Christmas or the night I took her shopping just the two of us. Not on the one year anniversary of meeting her. Not one!
You see, I like to be behind the camera, life is busy and messy and I generally am not "picture ready". I'm always a little fat and a little tired and a little busy. But... I am my children's mother. I want them to be able to look back and remember that I was always there. I want them to remember the love and the cuddles. I want them to see the imperfections and remember that I too was once in the middle of raising children and trying to balance everything.
So here is my goal. I am going to be sure that this year I am in the pictures. I am going to make a conscious effort to hand the camera to someone else and be sure, for my children's sake, that I am captured right along with them, living life in all it's messy, ordinary, mundane gloriousness.
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