We celebrated my youngest niece’s third birthday this weekend at my grandfather’s farm. It was a fantabulous day and the party was over-the-top adorable. I have tons of pictures and tons of words but no energy tonight. I have a cold and I’ve run from pillar to post back to pillar today. But, as I was looking through all the images from the weekend, this one made me smile and I wanted to share it. It makes me happy to look at it. You know for all my talk about taking pictures to preserve memories and to have a documented history for my girls, the truth is, the real reason I take pictures is for moments like these. On my best days my pictures make me happy. But, on my worst days, they add a ray of joy to even the greyest of hours. Yep, the memories, and the history, and the legacy are all wonderful amazing things. The joy, though, when I need it most, is the reason my camera is always close.