How do you take a picture of your family when your family isn’t complete? I’ve seen families include a portrait of their lost one, but I don’t really feel comfortable doing that. We went for a subtler approach. In 2009, for Cora’s birthday, we bought a Shining Stars stuffed beagle with a code to name a star. We named a star near Orion’s belt for our Cora Rei (okay, I know it’s not really legitimate, but that’s okay). Anyway, we then took a family portrait on Cora’s birthday and included the puppy to signify her.
Well, we got a great coupon for The Picture People, and since it’d been so long since we’d had a professional portrait done (we hadn’t had one since!), we got one done today. And the puppy joined us again.
I don’t know how long I’ll include him. As long as I can. It’ll probably be weird once I stop having young children, but I don’t care. It makes me feel like she at least got to be in our family portrait somehow.