Earlier this week, my twelve year old and I set out for a quick maternity photo shoot at our favourite magical spot in the woods near our home. In summer, this is nothing more than a stagnant water hole home to what must be thousands of frogs and provides my kids with hours of entertainment of catch and release. Yet in the spring, it erupts with movement and overflows rocks and fallen trees with the melted waters of winter's abundant snow creating for only a few short weeks magical mini waterfalls to enjoy.
Armed with my camera and encouraged/coached by her mama, my daughter was photographer for the day and captured what are sure to be some of my favorite memories of this pregnancy. It wasn't easy, lifting a huge lens to her eye and juggling focus and composition and the mini lessons given just moments before echoing in her mind. She more than rose to the challenge and while not every photo is flawless, each is perfect because they so well capture the serenity I have felt during the last months of this pregnancy and the depth of emotion during what is sure to be a changing season for our family.
The crowning moment of a morning spent together was when I asked Eliana if she had enjoyed being behind the lens. While there was some enthusiasm about this new venture, her response reminded me of the enormous influence we have as mamas: "I did but what made me the most happy was when you told me I was doing such a great job and you were proud of me and that you needed me."
There are always joys and experiences that we will get to introduce our children to. Some are our own that we hope they will come to own as well, some are ones we will perhaps come to at the same time. But the greatest happiness we can give our children is in assuring them that they are incredible just as they are, that they are loved just because, and that we will always and forever want and need them in our lives.
No matter how many join the fullness of our hearts and the fellowship of our family.