I have always cherished pictures. Even in high school I carried my camera with me always. I love being able to re-live moments and to discover new emotions they bring over time.
The story behind this image is obvious, and I imagine most mothers would identify their favorite picture as one of their children. I am no exception, but what I love most about this picture is Ryan's face. I love this expression, and I have only seen it on the most important of occasions. It is so candid and real. To me, this expression is love, pride (in the best way), and sincere joy.
Another reason I love this photo is that while you can't see them, I know my husband is looking at his family in this photo. Ryan's family drove down (by a lucky accident) the week before I was due to give birth. It just so happened that my water broke that day. They came by and visited us in the hospital, but when it got late they decided to leave to go get some rest. After Maylie was born at 3 am, we called my mom and Ryan's whole family to come back. I am so grateful to have had such wonderful, sleepy family there to experience the earliest moments of Maylie's life.
Also, May has just the cutest profile ever, and I love how calm and alert she is for being brand new!