Back in December, we had a Thurman family photo shoot with Derek’s immediate family, grandparents, aunt, uncle, and cousins. Look how great it turned out! Everyone smiling, looking so happy, sitting so nicely. But, my friends, this is all just a facade. The realtiy of professional pictures is much, much uglier. It consists of crying kids, closed eyes, frustrated parents, and irritated photographers who pretend not to be irritated. But as soon as we see the beautiful end result, we forget about the difficutly of acheiving the sought after perfect family photo.
But you know what? Our family is not perfect. Our days are messy and chaotic. We lose our tempers, stomp our feet, and shout out in frustration. Our clothes are stained, our hair is messy, and sometimes our armpits stink. And while I really love our family picture, there is a picture from that day that I love just as much because it’s real.