Daily life with three kids, ages four, one, and newborn, was BUSY. It was gloriously busy. Nursing Mia and keeping my two sons occupied left me with hardly any time to relax. Oh, and then there was taking care of my hard-working husband and also picking cherries for the local Farmer's Market. It was a dizzying pace. Thankfully, Mia was a very easy-going baby girl. I would carry her on my chest as I picked cherries, feed her in the minivan before an appointment for her brothers, and lay her down to sleep peacefully at the park in the late morning sun. Having all three children in bed at night felt like such an accomplishment. Derrick and I were blissfully tired.
When we were done, my mother and I were so happy to have caught such precious pictures. We admired her smooth, chubby features. Looking back, I suspect that God Himself orchestrated this time. For this to come together so well and so quickly, I can't think of another explanation. I would really have liked a formal family photo with all five of us. However, I'm so grateful that I was able to capture shots of what a beautiful girl she was.
After we took the photos, I felt I had no time and energy to print them and send them off to the people on our Christmas card list. I can't think of another time we had with just the two of us, aside from the midnight feedings. These pictures were safely stored on my computer for three weeks. Life was not going to slow down, and I don't know why I was procrastinating... well, now I know that it worked out very well. Instead of sending out her birth announcements, we sent a memorial photo to thank people(I'm sure I have forgotten to send it to some- please forgive me!). It still hurts that so many of our family and friends were not able to hold or even meet Mia in her short two months on earth, but in this way they can admire God's creation in precious photos.