A month or so ago we visited a sunflower field about an hour away and took a few pictures. It was absolutely beautiful!! The kids had fun and reagan loved all of the flowers. You can’t tell from these photos but it was so crowded! So many people were taking family photos, etc. which is pretty cool. I wasn’t sure if I was going to post these or not because I’m not sure who reads blogs much anymore but hey! oh well :) Posting them anyway ;) They are memories that I want to remember with my kids…
Reagan turned two this past week- I can’t even believe it! We had her birthday party the weekend before, and she had so much fun! She loved everything, and they had a lot of fun with the whole farmers market thing. :) A lot of the decor I already had and had also been collecting things whenever I’d see them at antique flea markets, etc. Some of the things are from the Pioneer Women line at Walmart- ;) ;) So much fun and she had a blast! I may or may not have taken too many photos, so I tried to limit them but these are a few of my favorites…
She loves, love Minnie mouse! She may or may not have gotten a lot of Minnie things ;)
We let her take a bite of her cake- Lol!
Apple bobbing in her new fairy wings from her MaGe (grandma) he he!!
Sweet Reagan Brielle, I can’t believe today you turn TWO! You were born, then I blinked, and now you are two…I just can’t believe it. I adore your personality- you are so spunky, super girly, yet you love your brothers and all that they do. You love your headbands and shoes, you love to pose when we take pictures…you love to dance, sing, and you love reading your books. Minnie mouse, your baby dolls, and riding around in your brothers’ Power Wheels are some of your favorite things. You are gentle, yet strong and I am so excited to see you grow and learn. You already have such a kind heart and I feel so blessed to see you grow each day! We love you baby girl. Happy Birthday!!
When Jay and I photographed a wedding in Miami last month, we took an extra day to sight see and explore. We loved the city, the views- everything was beautiful! It was so, so nice and we are so grateful to our family for taking our kids for a few days :) It was definitely such a nice time away on top of photographing a beautiful wedding. I took some photos as we walked around and enjoyed the city and beach…. here’s a few photos from our stay!
I’ve come to a place in life where I’m content. I mean, I’ll always undoubtedly struggle with discontentment, it is one of my greatest struggles. But this past summer, I really felt it. Peace. Contentment. Like I’m right where I need to be. I used to struggle between wanting to do photography all of the time but yet giving the best I could to my kids. I feel like I’ve found that balance, and for now the pendulum is swung on the side where my kids get more attention and it is wonderful. Seriously, I feel so much joy and so much peace. I’m not questioning, striving, I’m just simply…being. I’m being first and foremost a child of God. Then a wife, and a mom. Any one of those are all good roles to have, so I feel blessed. This summer, I’ve soaked up really enjoying each of my kids and learning more about their personalities. (Although, of course there’s some things not to enjoy, like toddler tantrums but that’s a conversation for another day! ha!)
In year’s past, I was always wondering what was next. “Are we going to have another kid?” (We aren’t planning on it obviously.) “Are we moving? When are we moving?” “Should I take on more photography?” But this year, I’m just living life- with the people I love by my side- and I love it.
Tonight is meant to be for editing, but I wanted to write a little blog post while I have the down time :) Since last year was extremely difficult for me between my parent’s divorce and dealing with major postpartum anxiety, I am feeling so much more at peace. Last summer was barely enjoyable, looking back, and now this summer has been an absolute joy. Seriously, I mean that. I want to be real here. Sure, some things are sad and disappointing as things are in life but that’s life. There’s a song that has been my “anthem” for the past months. I love it, I’m dedicating a whole post to it because yes, I love it that much!! This summer and this year has been redemptive, I feel like… a whole new season and I’m so grateful.
I found life and I found laughter In forgiveness, I found rest On the shoulders of redemption I found hope when hope was dead I could lose it in a moment So I dare not close my eyes I’ll watch fear fall with the sunset And see hope rise with the tide And when the pain is true Sometimes these troubles prove that I’m alive
My eyes are open My heart is beating My lungs are full And my body’s breathing I’m moving forward I found my freedom I found the life that gave me reason to live
As this dusty road now settles And I see what lay before Every tear that held a broken dream Is now shattered on the floor And now bursting forth in splendor Are the blossoms of second tries Because dreams that bear the mark of love Are dreams that never die, ooh
Sometimes Life can feel so unkind Sorrow won’t define me So just reminds my soul My soul
My eyes are open My heart is beating My lungs are full And my body’s breathing I’m moving forward I found my freedom I know this sorrow I know the heartache I know with fear comes a tragic heartbreak I’m moving forward I found my freedom I found a life that gave me reason to love