Today I cried. Not the small, dust or pollen has gotten into my eyes cry, but, you know, the someone's turned on a faucet, ugly cry tears. I take a lot of portraits of people, capturing some of their most precious memories on camera for them, and then archive them. Today as I was searching for some portraits, I stumbled upon an album labeled "Life is always fun with you." These were portraits I took before I ever thought of pursuing photography. I opened up the album and the waterworks started.
I'm a wife to an amazing husband who served in our US military and in doing so we were able to live in Europe as well as Hawaii. Together we have five incredible kids. My step children Damin, Emily, and Maddie and my biological children Kaylee and David. My life is rich.
So, back to this album, "Life is always fun with you." I opened it up and in it contained snapshots of my children, my husband, myself, and places we've traveled to. However, these were photos I thought were lost or had forgotten about. They were photos of my children 6 and 7 yrs ago. Now, I don't know about you, but as the kids get older you enjoy seeing them come into themselves. You enjoy watching them develop into the little humans they will be. And, because each day is taken day by day you don't often realize how grown they are getting. I mean you notice them becoming young adults, but you don't really think about how much they've grown physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Time moves so quickly. It waits for no one.
I sat clicking through portrait after portrait after portrait reliving every moment of each photo. From what I felt when that portrait was taken, to where we were, to the context surrounding it. The happiness that was exuded. I love them, each and every one of them. They are priceless to me. And, although time seems to be going so quickly I am grateful for the memories and the reminders of those moments as I look back on each of them.
My children may be getting bigger but that's ok. It's life.
Today I cried. I'm sure it won't be the last time.