Every day for the first year of Natalie's life, I took a picture and put it on Instagram with the hashtag #Nattie365. I captured 365 moments of my little girl's life over the course of a year. I cherish each and every one of those pictures. The first year happens so fast and those little babies change so quickly. I am so thankful for the pictures that I have of Natalie because she is growing up entirely too fast. I am so thankful for the ability to freeze time and keep those little moments for a rainy day.
I am grateful to have had the opportunity to do maternity pictures. After the struggle we went through to get pregnant, I am glad we have those pictures as a reminder of how strong our marriage is and how determined we were to have a family. It's funny - I barely remember being pregnant. It only just happened and I barely remember it. I don't even recognize some of the pictures of me at the end of my pregnancy. Sometimes I wonder if it really did happen. I am thankful to have the pictures to prove it, otherwise sometimes I don't think even I would believe it. I am also so thankful for our newborn pictures. I cannot believe my little girl was ever that small. I love being able to look back on those pictures and remember her little tiny fingers and toes and her sweet little lips. I am grateful to have that reminder of how precious she was and just what a gift from God she is.
We recently did some family pictures for our Christmas card and I am thrilled with them. We don't have many pictures of our little family. In fact, prior to these pictures being taken, I think I could probably count on one hand the number of pictures we have of the three of us. I cherish those pictures for that reason. I am thankful for my little family and love being able to have a little piece of them with me no matter where I am.