No...your eyes are not deceiving you. This is actually a photo of all six of us. And it's not an iPhone photo.
This is, honest to goodness, maybe the second photo of all of us taken with a real camera since the babies (yeah, yeah...not babies, but they are to us) were born.
And it makes my heart want to burst, I love it so much.
The first (and only other "real" family photo I can think of) is this one:
Y'all. I can't even tell you what it does to my heart to look at these two images. We have been through so much and come so far.
I literally have no memories of the days and weeks surrounding the black and white photo. It was like living in a fog. Total and complete survival mode.
But I survived. Despite thoughts to the contrary in those early days. :)
Each year it gets a little bit easier. It's less stressful, more natural, more FUN. We can now travel and explore. And yes...there are meltdowns and there is stress. And sometimes Jimmy becomes a total TV caricature and yells "I'M GOING TO TURN THIS VAN AROUND, I SWEAR!!!". But mostly...it's just fun.
I love my family so much.
Happy Monday, y'all.
p.s. thanks to my sweet friend linda for the photo. ♥