This week I got a last minute mini session with a photographer for fall photos. Brian already had plans to go hunting so I thought I'd settle for some good pictures of the kids. But my kids were moody and didn't want to be dressed up on Saturday morning so what I hoped would be our family photos for the year turned into a "Mommy and Me" session. We hadn't used this photographer before but I knew her work and figured it was worth a shot. When we left, I was certain that we had NOTHING! I couldn't get the kids to stop hanging on me, no one wanted to smile or play, and I was exhausted. Even when I first got the pictures, I didn't think they were that great. They were okay, but nothing terribly special. Looking back as I finally get around to posting these, I think they are (for the most part) lovely. It has taken me some time to appreciate the beauty of these photos. They aren't perfectly posed but nothing about our family is perfectly posed right now. We are messy, at times moody, and always in a state of total chaos. And when I look at these pictures, I can see the love. I wouldn't trade these for a dozen perfectly posed photos where we look like the generic family in the picture frame you buy at the dollar store.