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lead and i will follow.

It feels like I’m going through a phase in life where I don’t really know where I’m going…but I keep moving forward. And my heart feels content. My prayer is that He leads me, and I will follow. A couple years ago I thought I’d had it all figured out. Photography, business, and mostly feeling like I had my ducks in a row. But add a couple of kids to the mixture and my ducks were no longer in a row. Ha! So my priorities these days are so much different, and I guess that’s ok. Some days I miss the feeling of “importance” that came with the label of “wedding photographer” but the label of just being a child of God (then wife, mom) is enough- more than enough. I’m thankful for the small and simple moments of everyday and I’m grateful for all of them. Not sure what the future holds but I’m praying that He continues to lead…


“Lead me by your truth and teach me,
    for you are the God who saves me.
    All day long I put my hope in You.”

Psalm 25:5

“For You are my rock and my fortress; For Your name’s sake You will lead me and guide me.” Psalm 31:3

“Let me hear of Your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting You. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to You.” psalm 143:8



One day these three will not be so little, and I won’t be able to take cheesy valentines photos, right?! Right :) So I take the opportunity to do this sometimes, to have them all match and give them all suckers (well minus Reagan) to try and get them to smile. Haha! This was this years attempt :) Love these three so, so much! They are the sweetest valentines (other than Jay, of course) that I could ask for…

..see what I mean? The boys and the suckers- baha I’m not going to lie and say I didn’t bribe a little ;)

…Happy Valentines Day!! xo


snow day!

A few weeks ago, we took the kids out in the snow for a little bit. (Beau wasn’t having such a good time, hence why he is missing from these photos ha ha) It was Reagan’s first real time in the snow and she absolutely loved it! She didn’t want to come inside! Leland loved it too but there wasn’t quite enough snow to make a snow man so I think he was little bummed. Love these little ones of mine (Leland is still little right?) …they are such a blessing!!

…she is so full of joy….and energy! lol!



I love the snow pictures…snowy pics are some of my favorites. And where did you get your top? I love it.


Present. When 2016 came, that was the word that came to mind. I want to live in the present, this year (and always.) Last year was a really difficult year for me- a year that I didn’t do so well with “living in the moment.” I was waiting for whatever I was going through to just be over, and it made me miss out on some precious moments. But here we are…a new year.

My prayer is that I will live for the present. Whether that means putting my phone down more, or not posting on social media as much, or being content with where I’m at. You see, I’m the kind of person who is always looking for the next. The next season….the next house…the next whatever it may be. I even buy my kids clothes for the next season way (way) ahead of time. Truth be told, I’ve always sort of been this way. I’ve found it’s not a very enjoyable way to live because there is so much to miss out on in the here and now.

“Each of us is given one day at a time to be faithful- that is this day.” sally clarkson

A different house, a new milestone, a different season will not satisfy. It will not make one any happier. Today is what I’ve been given! Today I will watch my kids as they play and not wish it away. I’ll be content in the moment, and not wish time away. It is simple, but that is my prayer for 2016. To be present.



This is beautiful and so true! This is exactly what I struggle with also! Thanks for sharing!

I can totally relate. I think it’s almost a safety mechanism to look ahead. And it’s just as hard for me to let go and live in the present, to literally be present for my kids instead of worrying about all the other stuff I need to be doing. That’s the life of a mom. My middle child’s name is Beau Hudson. Small world!

So true. With our third baby being tiny I found myself thinking ‘how is she already two weeks/ one month/three months’ but looking back means I don’t appreciate how little and lovely she is right now rather than what was. I’m also trying to put my phone down more and ‘wherever you are be all there’ I’ve got up as a painting I did in our lounge.

our family photos.

I hope that you had an absolutely wonderful Christmas! We had such a good Christmas, and the kids had so much fun!  Since I haven’t posted anything in a while, I thought I’d share some of my favorites from when we (attempted) to take some family pictures a while back. Taking photos of three little kids can be challenging sometimes, but with some m&m’s and a little bit of dedication, it can be done- haha! Anyway, here are some of our family pictures from year…

Mr. Beau, love him and his sweet personality.

Leland…what can I say about him?! He keeps us on our toes and keeps us laughing :)

…and Reagan…a sassy yet sweet little thing with a big personality!

Love my boys!



Such a Beautiful Family! <3

So lovely! I have so enjoyed watching your beautiful family grow. Also – I had this post open with my 3 year old on my lap and she looked over, gasped, and said, “Is that Elsa?!!!” ;)

leland’s fifth birthday!

Five years, I can’t believe it. It went by so fast, like the blink of an eye. Five years ago,  I was young…not really sure I knew what journey I was about to embark on. But I was ready to pour my heart out and take care of a little baby boy who I loved so much. Leland is such a sweet little man and he definitely keeps us on our toes. He is strong willed, but I think that will do him good as he gets older. (At least that’s what I’m praying!) I’m so thankful for him! It’s been about a month, but I still wanted to post a couple photos from his “football” birthday…

…a couple of his favorite things. his uncle and football :)

we love you, leland!


What a gorgeous birthday x