The theme for today is NECESSITY, and as you can imagine, there are so many ways I could've gone with this. I mean, just think of all the things we need on a day-to-day basis: food, water, clothes, air, laughter, money, love. And then there's all the things I think I need... new clothes, coffee (this is true some days more than others!), a high-tech gadget, nice furniture, a better car, etc. etc. So that got me thinking about all the artificial stuff that I put in the "need" category, and I realized that I didn't want to take a picture of any of it. I'd probably be embarrassed if you knew what I thought I needed. There is only one thing (or maybe it counts as two?) that I know I need in this life, something I definitely could not live without...

My family. The best two people in my life.

I don't think I'm being melodramatic when I say: I don't know where I would be if it weren't for Avram and Hadley. They make my world; they are my world. Without them I'd have nothing to live for. Avram has been my rock for almost 10 years now--we've had some really hard times together, been through some tough things and long separations, but we made it and are still as strong as ever. Then Hadley came along and it's like my life suddenly made sense, like I found a missing part of our family that I didn't even realize was missing. Here was this little person who was so completely dependent upon me, and who loved me so unconditionally, that I couldn't do anything but adore her from the moment I first held her in my arms. This little girl makes my day every single day--even if she's being whiny or snotty as children sometimes are, all she has to do is make a silly face or say something so beyond cute that I forget all the annoying stuff and feel like the luckiest Mom ever.

I took the above picture on our Hawaiian vacation last year, and I think it pretty much sums up the sweetness and love that is our little family. It was Hadley's first time ever standing on the beach and seeing the ocean, and I think it was so special that Daddy got to hold her hand and introduce her to such an amazing and beautiful thing.

To Avram and Hadley: I love you.

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