I am thankful for this photo.
It's so true when they say, "a picture is worth a thousand words." This photo was taken last November 2012 just a few days after we found out we were expecting our second child, angel baby Sam Frances. We were so happy, overjoyed, giddy and a bit cold on this chilly morning in Highland Park. We even told the photographer our good news and that our baby was due July 2013. We asked her if she had her small chalkboard to write a little message as we would have liked the photo to double as our Christmas Card and Expecting Announcement. She did not have her chalkboard at the time so we simply took casual family photos and thought we could just add text to the photo when it was time to make the big announcement. Well, that time never came. We lost baby Sam four days after our Christmas Card photo was taken.
Almost a year later from our loss I am grateful for this photo as it captures us truly happy and pregnant with baby Sam. It also shows us before we ever knew the loss of a child. It's us before we joined the "1 in 4" community, before we really knew grief.
I pray that we will one day soon have another family photo where we are happily expecting another baby, Baby Macias #4, hopefully our rainbow baby.