You never get over it, you just get used to it.

We lost my grandma last night.

Nothing can prepare you for that loss, no matter how prepared you think you are.

Her body is still here but I know her soul is with Jesus and there is so much peace in that. And peace knowing her pain is gone. But the grief that comes isn’t easy.

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Moms can have dreams, too!

If you don’t know this, I’ve been a professional photographer since 2011. It was always a dream of mine, among so many other dreams, yet I found my calling in it and stuck with it. Over the last eight years of being behind the camera, I’ve captured hundreds of family and senior sessions and so many weddings, I lost track. But honestly, I got burnt out.

It became too much about the “perfect” posed photos and I lost my way, I lost my love of photography, I lost my passion.

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It’s ok to not always be ok.

I think we live in a world that tells us we need to be happy all the time.

Actually, I don’t think that, I know that.

I’m not going to draw this post out, because I think it’s actually very simple. We can portray a happy life with our highlight reels on social media…we can hide behind screens and put on fake smiles at family functions. We can show the world that we are happy because that’s what the world wants to see.

But…(don’t miss this)

IT’S OK TO NOT ALWAYS BE OK.

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My Wood Watch Collection | Wood Apple Watch Bands

I know it’s past Christmas already, but I have a special giveaway for you all.

You have seen me post about (and wear) my JORD (pronounced yode) wood watches and I’ll continue to do so because they. are. the. best.

There is something about the craftsmanship, the simple minimalist style, and the back-to-earth feelings I get when it’s on my wrist.

JORD recently added Apple Watch bands which gives me all the heart eyes over here since I got an Apple Watch for Christmas from my mother-in-law! That means I can wear JORD every day!

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Our Modular Home Journey

In the past week, I’ve been asked so many times if I can share more specific details of our modular home journey, specifically costs and photos.

As much as I love replying to each of you, I have to chase around two very fast kiddos so I figured it would just be easier (and quicker) to put all this out here.

I’m going to try to lay it all out there, and please don’t hesitate to reach out if you’d like more information.

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Christmas through a toddlers’ eyes

As a child, I remember fun Christmas mornings with mom and dad and my brother. As an adult, Christmas was…let’s face it, I was bahumbug about it. Then when I had kids, the magic came back seeing the twinkle in my son’s eyes. Then my baby turned into a toddler…which brings us to this post.

The twinkle in his eyes was still here this Christmas season, but then so was something else. Selfishness. Or greed? Maybe I don’t even know.

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Let’s be real

When I started out on this mom-blog adventure, I told myself that I needed to remain real with you guys.

Sometimes I succeed, other times I find myself trying to write what I think y’all will like or what I think will get the most hits.

Why would I do that to myself?

This world of social influence is tricky, but the short answer to that is…I have no clue.

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