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“My Sleeping Angel,” (Lompoc, Santa Barbara Co., California). Digital Image. Photographed by Elizabeth O’Neal, June 14, 2006.

If my house was on fire, and I could only save one photograph, this would be the one for which I would risk life and limb to resuce.

My beautiful daughter was exactly 2 weeks old, and she was tuckered out from taking her very first bath. I needed a photo for her birth announcements and thought this the perfect time to try to snap some shots. After a little image editing, the above photo was the end result.

This photo has become so special and personal to me that I was, at first, reluctant to share it in this forum. I haven’t yet talked about my struggle with infertility here on my blog, but I suppose that I will someday since I know there are many women out there who suffer with the same condition that I do.

But for now, suffice it to say that it was very difficult for me to get – and stay – pregnant, and seeing our daughter born perfect and healthy was nothing short of a miracle to us.

She’s two years old now… but she’ll always be the sweet angel in this picture to me.

Copyright © 2008 by Elizabeth O’Neal

Elizabeth is a professional genealogist, writer, and consultant. Likes: long walks in the cemetery, and the smell of old courthouse books. Dislikes: people who copy stuff off the internet without giving credit, and county clerks who can't tell the difference between Eastern and Pacific time zones. Secretly hopes her daughter will one day develop an interest in family history (but no luck so far).

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  1. Beautiful! Absolutely. Beautiful. She took my breath away. Thank you for sharing her with us.

  2. Gorgeous! I would say that Anne Geddes has some competition here! You take great photos – and having a precious subject like that – well, how could you not take a great photo!

  3. E~

    This photo – and your post – literally has made me weep from the flood of emotions.

    It is no wonder I count you among my blessings.


  4. So precious!

  5. Thank you ALL for your kind words. You make me glad I decided to share this precious memory. It was just one of those moments where all the photographic “planets” line up perfectly, and the result is omething truly special.

    Anne Geddes? I wish! I have a book of her photos on my coffee table, and my daughter loves to look at all the babies. Hard to believe she was once that small.

  6. Elizabeth,
    A beautiful princess. The photo is a masterpiece.

    Sheri Fenley


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