Sam fell yesterday and, in order to catch him, I had to drop our laptop onto the floor.
Good news: Sam survived with only a scratch on his chin. Thank goodness.
Bad news: Our computer is dead.
Worse news: We have all of our pictures on that laptop and, like idiots, we did not back up most of them.
Worst news: Rich worked on it a bit last night and couldn't recover anything.
Glimmer of hope: We have two possibilities of deeper recovery - our friend Blair, who used to do this for a living; and my church's Geek Squad, who are a group of computer gurus who offer their services for free.
If that doesn't work, there will just be lots of crying and self deprecation about losing those pictures, and the purchase of a new laptop.
Moral of the story: Back up your precious pictures.
When Sam was born, we put all of our pictures on Shutterfly, so we have most of his early pictures backed up there. But we didn't do that with many of Lena's pictures. I do post a lot of pictures to this blog now, but I've only been doing this for a year, so we'll be missing a lot of sweet memories if we can't recover anything.
Forced optimism: At least we have some pictures saved, printed, backed up elsewhere, and that's better than none. Thank you, God, for that.