Here is my first official blog posting on my new website,and with my super cool journal style blog page! Reminds me of the first day of school with all those wonderfully clean, neat notebooks just waiting to be written in. So much potential. Soon the notebooks are crumpled at the edges, your friends have written notes on the covers, and they’re still great because now they contain fun memories… My blog won’t wrinkle or get raggedy edges, but I intend that the things written on the pages will be worth the effort. Here’s hoping!
So, today is our daughters’ fifteenth birthday! They’ve been surprising us since the very beginning. Arriving 13 weeks early, at well under 2 pounds each, it was a nail biter all the way until their discharge from Women &Infants Hospital on June 11th, 2 days after their due date. Nothing puts the rest of life into perspective the way an uncertain future for your children will. Some days were notable for little steps forward, some for setbacks. All of the days contained support and prayers from friends, family, medical providers, and the other families who shared B-Bay and were in the same boat. If you think this experience won’t shape the way you look at your children and your priorities you’d be mistaken.
Today I pulled out the album of photos from their first months of life. There are some blurry pictures, some a bit oddly colored from the hospital lighting, and many that bring me right back to the smells, sounds and feelings of those 91 days. I would not trade any of those images for anything in the world. The girls’ unexpected birth, and battle for every little ounce and breath have shaped my philosophy, and our priorities at the Bettencourt home. Family has always been important to me. But now I also understand and respect the fragility of life and how quickly things can change. Sometimes for the better, sometimes not.
Photographing life’s events, big and small, builds my family’s legacy and lets them know how much they are treasured, even when I forget to tell them. Adding to the legacy of your family through photography is just as important to me. I thought this might provide a little insight into what’s behind Deb Bettencourt Photography’s philosophy. Hope it was worth your time.
Off to enjoy some cake and ice cream and celebrate the first fifteen years of adventure!