This is a look of anticipation if ever there was one. Little Ella is wanting something, and waiting to see if she'll get it. See the brightness in her eyes, she is almost holding her breath in expectation. New studies have shown that for most people, the expectation of something is much better than the thing itself. Who knew? It's not surprising, though. The bigger a buildup there is to something, the more likely it is that the thing itself will fall short. Once something fun is over, we wish we had it to look forward to again. We all need something good to look forward to, or anticipate. Can you remember something you had great anticipation for that didn't turn out to be near as good as you'd hoped? Here is something that Abraham anticipated that I think did not fall short, perhaps it would be even better than he could have imagined.
"By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. Hebrews 11:9