This is Bella:
She is the newest member of our family. Reilly has wanted every animal in the universe since she was born, and has been asking for all of them since she could speak. Specifically, she has wanted a dog. Todd and I have long told her we wouldn't even consider such a preposterous request until we bought a bigger house with more than a smidge of property.
Cut to real life. Our family has experienced a considerable loss recently and Todd and I decided that it would benefit the kids greatly to focus on this teeny tiny creature who makes them so happy. Reilly calls her "my Bella button."
(Except for the part where, despite brand new cameras and iPhones, the only thing available in this moment was the much-maligned house phone I'm pretty sure we bought from a brontosaurus.)