Lately, I’ve been craving more and more a simple kind of lifestyle. Now, that’s not to say that our life is built around chaos and centers around materialism. It doesn’t. Sure, we have things that we like looking at, items that make our home feel extra cozy, clothes that keep us warm and layered, etc, etc. But perhaps it’s a chapter kind of thing. Certain chapters in our lives call for certain surroundings. As of right now, this chapter is a little complex. Things are going extremely well on the business front, I’m happily in love with my guy and completely connected to my friends. I’m preparing for a long get away to the Florida beaches, and I have a healthy little puppy who keeps me laughing. My heat travels nicely throughout my loft, my toes are (usually) kept warm, I have hot water, endless types of tea to choose from, and electricity to heat up my crock pot for those hearty and winter-filled stews. But, on the other hand, my mind is filled with worry and concern for my dad’s health. Things are bumpy in that area, and while I try my best to carry myself with ease and sort of glide through every day, I can feel the stress in my temples, in my bones, in my back even. I can feel my mind become cluttered a little quicker than usual. Things that generally held a place in my home that left me feeling cozy, now leave me feeling a little bit stressed. Continue reading →
Before I begin this week’s weekend links series, I just wanted to take a moment to reflect on the life of one of the world’s greatest human beings – Nelson Mandela. Here are some of my favorite statements by such a kind man who constantly gave peace and hope to a nation in need of reminders such as these:
I will go ahead and say that one of my problematic areas when it comes to Christmas shopping has always been keeping the gifts neat and organized as they are bought or delivered, and staying within budget. It’s so easy to just buy, buy, buy.. and then realize that you’ve creeped into your “safety net” budget that’s really only meant for rainy days. Or maybe you spent over “x” amount of dollars on this person, but the others have gotten significantly less. For me, I generally try to keep it even – (Trent and I discuss a dollar amount that fits us both comfortably) and I’ve done so by following my own little Christmas shopping guide below: Continue reading →
Lynn and Joe have been long time clients of mine – beginning with her maternity session, Jack’s newborn session, Jack’s six month session.. and now, their holiday family session (with a cake smash that happened after all of this cuteness – I will show that soon!) I was so excited to spend time with this sweet and cozy family – and you better believe I was there with all the bells and whistles. Actually, I was there with a mistletoe, a blanket, and a Christmas banner ;)
Oh my, oh my, oh my. If this doesn’t melt you and warm your heart all in the same time – well, there must be something wrong with you ;) Not only are Becky and Matt just the nicest people on the planet, but they’re high school sweethearts who so naturally show all who surround them how real love is done. The magic on top of this all? They are expecting their first baby this January. A girl.
I have to imagine that sweet little baby is nestled so perfectly all snug and warm, growing strong with a tiny pure heart, hearing the soft comforting hums of her parents as they fawn over her every kick, every move – and as they make sweet little plans for her arrival. All of the things they will do as a family of three – the places they’ll see, the photos they’ll take, the memories they’ll make… together.
Her room is everything that even us adults dream of. When you enter, it’s as if you’re walking on fairy-dream-clouds filled with pink cotton candy, hovering gently above an array of mint colored trees. Whimsical is the word that comes to mind, and the creativity behind Becky’s mother and Becky herself is something to be discussed here. You guys, her mom made that teepee! And the little home pillow, among other things. can we all vote that she should open up an Etsy shop for the rest of us?
Their hopes for their new baby girl are modest – I have to assume all they wish for this little life is to be happy, to witness and feel life to the fullest, to participate and to love and be loved. And with parents like Becky and Matt, I fear nothing for this little one. Congratulations you two – parenting already looks so perfect on you. I can’t wait to meet her. Continue reading →