There are very few moments when I, as a person, and even less as a Mom, feel put-together, comfortable, and lovely. And, to be honest even in the rare moments when I might be feeling any of those, it still remains to be seen if photogenic might be included!! Honestly! And, I know that other MOMS and DADs feel that way, too.
I mean, we've probably just had little people (maybe not so little people, sometimes!) hang on every piece of our bodies for most of the day. Or, ask us for the eight hundredth time if they could play a video game even though you said 'no' the first seven hundred and ninety-nine. Or, we just drove Bobby to soccer, Susie to basketball, Anthony to basket weaving, and then went back and picked them all up, while realizing that we didn't actually turn the crock-pot ON at home. So not only will you be exhausted when you get there, you'll have to figure out something quick for dinner and wrestle with whether or not you can now use the meat that just sat on your counter all day. Or, you just solved what might have been the biggest problem in the world for your four-year-old, but not without a bunch of snot and tears.
But, please, from one mom to another, and from a photographer who jumps out of her skin with excitement when she gets to capture pieces of the heart: ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, say 'YES' when asked to be in a picture with your children! They will not always be small enough to cuddle, or forever making a mess in your home, or eating all of the food in your kitchen, or sitting at your island crying over homework, or close enough to grab for a hug. But, YOU will always be HOME to them!! You, as their MOM and DAD, are beautiful, warm, strength, security, hope, encouragement, silliness, and HOME!! They don't see the mess that you feel inside, and they want you in the picture with them!!
(Thanks, Abby, for jumping in!!)