I take lots of pictures (most of which are sub-par quality).
I buy lots of pictures (of much better quality).
Currently, I am getting pumped up (read--I am shopping) for our yearly family picture session.
With all of the pictures, I don't need to buy the kids' school pictures.
But I usually do.
Even if I don't buy them, I get them dressed like I am going to buy them, and I always make sure we take our picture outside before they leave for school.
Yes. I take pictures before the pictures.
Given this series of pictures, perhaps you'll see why I usually buy pictures other people take...
Mommy wants just one picture with her in it. Sure, she hates getting her picture taken. She's way too self-critical. She'll notice her wrinkles, the dark circles, her roots, her crooked smile...
But only for a passing moment.
Then she'll smile.
Waking up for another picture day. Holding my babies in my lap. Real life. Real imperfections. Real beauty. Makes me smile--like Peas and Cheese.