It never ceases to amaze me how hard it can be to take a family photo. It's hard enough to take a good picture of one child! Getting everyone to look at the camera with a pleasant look on their face is quite a feat.
A few days ago we tried to get a family photo to send to two kids we signed up to sponsor through Compassion and World Vision. We just signed up to sponsor on January 1st, and these were our first letters to introduce ourselves, so we really wanted a family photo instead of separate shots of each member of the family. We also wanted the picture to be as current as possible because it can sometimes take weeks or even months for a sponsored child to receive a letter, and Cora will look completely different in a few months.
(Take these photos, for example. They were taken just three months ago, and Cora already looks completely different!)
Since we don't have a live-in professional photographer, we resorted to setting the camera on the coffee table and using the automatic setting. It was interesting. Picture this: "Okay, grab Cora. Brennan sit there. No, there. Hurry, Jim! Okay, smile! Nope, we didn't get it... Let's try again. Where did Cora go?"
We never did get a "perfect" photo, but all in all, we got a few good shots and at least our sponsored kids will know what we look like.
We pray that Dalton and Mayerli will know we already love them and pray for them, and we are excited to start this journey of sponsorship!!