Nightly News | October 12, 2012
>>> finally tonight, she is just one mom among millions in this country, and yet something she said, something she is wrote about something she noticed in her own family has the attention of a lot of other mothers and fathers in the u.s. specifically, she noted she was not in any family photos with her kids. and her coming to grips as to why, sure has resonated with us. rehema ellis has more.
>> reporter: like many mothers, she was everywhere with the children, but nowhere in their pictures.
>> i knew i was not in pictures with my kids, not in front of the water fall. i avoid the camera, i know i avoid the camera.
>> reporter: recently at a family party , she had every intention of remaining behind the scene.
>> i was kind of a mess, and my five-year-old little boy ran up to me and said "mommy, comb in the photo booth with me" i was like how do i look? but i did it.
>> reporter: and that is when it dawned on her, of the thousands of pictures with her kids, she was almost in none of them. and she blogged about it.
>> some day i want them to see me sitting beside them, me, the woman who gave birth to them, me, who cried when i dropped them off at school, when i read them bedtime stories . i want them to see me, how much i am here, how much they are loved.
>> reporter: the message went viral, viewed almost 6 million times. thousands of readers even sent photos and shared their own stories. this lady had to dig through 11 thousand pictures of her four-year-old son to find one with her in it. this lady sent these pictures of the last mother's day she had with her kids. her 12-year-old son died last year.
>> every once in a while , somebody says something, everybody nods. she said something, they all nodd nodded.
>> i wouldn't them to see this, i am not perfect, but i am perfectly their mother.
>> reporter: bringing her life into focus, with her children, rehema ellis, nbc news.