"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
You're probably expecting me to list off all of my titles. You know those identifiers, like mom, wife, photographer, home renovator. Those labels we use as a buffer between our heart and the world. A way to relate. A way to blend in.
But we were born to stand out. Born to speak our truth and share our why with the world. For me, photographs represent memories of times past. I can look at certain photos from my childhood and it transports me back to that place and time. Makes me feel like that 10 year old again who proudly showed her animals at the county fair.
That is why I love being behind my camera. Those memories become real for my families when they see their finished galleries. My hope is always that these are cherished mementos they can look back on time and again.
For some, they can be a physical reminder of their parents' love or give them comfort when a loved one has passed away. I do not take lightly the power that photographs hold for so many people. It's why I'm so passionate about creating that for my families.
Though they may not happen as often as we'd like, getting away for a few hours together has been life giving to us. We can connect with each other uninterrupted and have space to just be a couple again. He's my biggest supporter, my best friend and my favorite person in the world. Soon, we'll go away for a weekend. If only it were next weekend!
These three are the reason why we try so hard to get better every day. Motherhood is one of my favorite things to talk and write about. Most days it's a beautiful mess of their infectious laughter mixed with my own humanness. Their unconditional love and daily fart jokes make me smile each and every day. I feel so honored to be their mama.
Moving to the country in a home that needs completely renovated when you're 36 weeks pregnant probably sounds crazy. But being surrounded by God's beauty has reminded us to do less and enjoy a slower pace. Soak up the simple things like a country sunset, popsicles on the porch and climbing trees.
The first two years we have lived here, it seemed like all we did was house projects. We touched just about every inch of the inside & outside during that time. But it was so worth it! Now, we love all of the updated & new additions we've created in & around our home. We still have big dreams for a few areas, but we are learning to appreciate the process and enjoy the fruits of our labor.