I love this photo for so many reasons.
*the penguin Christmas socks our friend Jeannie gave me that date this photo as taken in December, 2006, the month of our worst Christmas ever
*that it was taken in our first home, a sunny little townhouse where we laid the foundation for our marriage and family
*the paper decorated with stickers on the table, and the one lone sticker stuck to the table
*the I'm a Big Sister book on the ground I had been reading with the new big sister in our house
*Madi's comfy Nick and Nora lamb pj's my mom bought for her, and how that girl would have stayed in her pj's all day if I had let her (and some days did)
*that Madi is holding Ellie, who was a very important pink elephant in our home
*the random roll of toilet paper strewn across our carpet
*the fact that when I turned my back to tend to baby Trevor, Madi tried to help herself to a bowl of Cheerios
*the fact that not one Cheerio made it into the bowl, but the remainder of the whole box made it onto Trevor's baby blanket
*that even though my blurry world was spinning, before I cleaned up the mess I stopped to take a photo, so I know I was still me even though it's hard to remember
*that we made it
And so will you, dear mom.
Survive, but let God gently teach you how to thrive.
Hang on, but let go and enjoy.
Take a deep breath, but take time to exhale.
And grab the camera, because one day it's going to help you remember.