This photo is terribly out of focus. Composed all wrong. The flash is too bright. No photographer would ever take pride in such a poor quality image. It's a complete disaster.....
but not to me.
After our impromptu photo shoot under the Christmas tree, Collin was exploring & touching various ornaments on our tree. He happened upon an ornament & hesitated. He wanted a closer look at this blue, square frame with a photo inside of it. He held it in his hand a moment, examining the curves & grooves, looking at the photo inside & then, with one quick tug, pulled it off of the tree.
It was our ornament that held a photo of Liam. The one we look at each year & with a heavy heart, hang on our tree. The one that...when I hung up this year...made me wonder what beautifully wrapped things would be waiting for Liam under our tree on Christmas morning & what our home would look like after two boys had ripped through all of the packaging. What shrieks we would have heard as our older son woke to see a tree filled with gifts from Santa & an overflowing stocking.
"He should be here," I thought as I was taking pictures of Collin & Ethan under our tree.
....& then he was. He was right there in that picture frame, starting back at me.
Telling me, "Mama, I am here."