farewell, 2014

farewell, 2014

2014 has left me a whole new person. this was a year full of learning + growing for me; as a business owner, as a photographer, as a friend, as a wife, as a Christ-follower + most-drastically, as a mother. I became a mother in 2013, but this year I learned so much more about how to be a mother; how to love like a mother, how to hug like a mother, how to kiss + heal ouch-ies like a mother. how to get through hard day after long night, after impossible day after sleepless night (hint: Jesus -- coffee just doesn't cut it). I learned more about God -- more about His grace, His sovereignty, His perfection. His worthiness; His infiniteness. how I need Him, every good/bad/hard/joyful/miserable second.

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the shortest, hardest, most beautiful year

the shortest, hardest, most beautiful year

one year ago today, at 38 weeks + 6 days pregnant, I woke up at 7:30 AM to my first real-deal contraction. that 30 seconds of discomfort, anxiousness + excitement began a journey that would change my life forever. my life always would be better, harder + more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. my life had already been changed by Madelynn, long before we met her or chose her name -- that first little pink line. the squirmy gummy bear on the screen. the card that read "girl". the first snapshot of a perfect nose and chin dimple. -- but that first contraction was the very beginning of the day that really changed everything.

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Madelynn Rose, 11 months

Madelynn Rose, 11 months

one week from today, my little girl will be 1 year old. it's impossible to not feel excited and a little sad at the same time. while I will always miss the baby she no longer is, and will probably miss bits + pieces of every stage of development she goes through, I am trying to embrace the inevitable reality that she will be changing and getting older 100% of the time. so, here's a photo + milestone recap for Madelynn's bittersweet last month of true infancy.

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Madelynn Rose, 9 months

Madelynn Rose, 9 months

y'all. I am writing this...from a coffee shop...where I'm hanging out by myself! at almost 9 PM! & my darling daughter is sleeping peacefully (as far as I know) at home with my sweet, servant-hearted husband who let me get out of the house to get some work done and to save the last little bit of sanity I have left after today (which started at 1:30 AM with a frantically screaming baby, a huge mess & a middle-of-the-night mommy/daughter bathtime...I'll spare you the details). & the only stipulation was that I bring him home a chocolate shake. what a deal, right? I've exhausted my editing stamina for the night, so I'm playing catch-up yet again and sharing some Maddie Rose cuteness.

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Madelynn Rose, 8 months || denton infant photographer

Madelynn Rose, 8 months || denton infant photographer

I'm really trying to catch-up with sharing updates on my sweet girl! She's almost 11 months now, so I'm pretty behind, but WILL be done by her first birthday. I just can't believe we're talking about her first party already...and I can't believe she is making sounds that sound like real words -- on purpose! & I can't believe she's walking with her walker, and sleeping in her crib all night! but those are things to share in her 11-month-post, this one is a flashback to her 9th month of life (8 months old)

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Madelynn Rose, 7 months || denton infant photographer

Madelynn Rose, 7 months || denton infant photographer

Oh, my darling. How incredibly sweet + impossibly difficult being your mama has been. I love you with all of my heart and will always love you even more. Some days I am able to be grateful for how tough you can be, because I realize it is the hard days that the Lord can use to refine me and the good and bad moments He uses to bless me. I really wish I had written up an entire post for every month of your little life so far, each one flying by faster than the last. I wish I had written about each trial we faced and milestone we celebrated. Now that you're surprising us every single day with new tricks and sounds and smiles and laughs, I'm finding it hard to jot everything down before I forget and have way too much to share from the last few months. So, this post is very behind, but I wanted to give months 7-12 the attention they deserve...

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Holly + James, expecting {baby boy #3} || denton maternity photographer

Holly + James, expecting {baby boy #3} || denton maternity photographer

It's about time I blogged this mama's beautiful belly, considering I've already photographed baby boy's birth story AND taken his newborn photos! I am so thrilled to have met Holly and honored that she asked me to document the sweet season of life this family is in. His big brothers, Aiven + Carson, were so eager to meet their little brother and had no problem giving him LOTS of hugs & kisses, however, trying to get them to sit still and smile at the camera (boooooring) was a whole 'nother story...

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