A few days ago, the photography community lost a beautiful, talented, and courageous young mom, following a year-long battle with ovarian cancer. Late last evening, I found out that a tribute was being planned in loving memory of Jen Burgess Thompson: a series of self-portraits of us with our kids, to be posted on Monday. My girls were in bed (but still squawking), I was in sweats, and the tripod was in the basement collecting dust. No time like the present.
For the record, I had every intention of at least poking my head up as they snuggled on my chest ;) but trying to coordinate the camera's self-timer with two rascally kids up past their bedtime?? Oh well, 2 out of 3 faces ain't bad... Plus I couldn't resist their devious grins here. ♥
No, this dimly lit, mommy-has-two-hands-but-no-face photo won't be going in my portfolio anytime soon. But I love that I have this moment captured with them, and for them... I hope it helps them to remember these late-night snuggles and snippets of their bedtime routine. The books, the stories, the songs, the back scratches, the hugs and the butterfly/eskimo/fish-lips kisses. The I love you - I love you more - I love you mosts. And although I'm pretty sure they'll one day forget about the 2am stripping of wet sheets or the 4am microwaving of heating pads and rubbing of growing-pained-knees, I won't. I'm forever grateful for the good and the bad, the giggles and the tears. And I'm feeling so blessed to be a mommy today --a healthy mom of 2 healthy kids.
Pop over to our Daily Project to see more. Join us in praying for Jen's friends & family, especially her two young sons. And hold your babies a little tighter tonight. ♥