*tap tap tap* Is this thing on? Yes? Okay, phew. I was thinking that with the embarrassing lack of posts in 2013, I might have actually broken my blog. But no, it’s just life getting in the way of me blogging. We are fresh into 2014, I’m back from my holiday vacation, and I’m very motivated to do more with this space this year! I don’t have pregnancy exhaustion or newborn-mommy fog to blame the lack of posing on this year either, so I better get my butt in gear and schedule some posts!
2013 was a whirlwind year. There were a few low spots, like losing our beloved 6-year old dachshund, Riley (who we miss dearly 🙁 ) and saying goodbye to my brother as he left for his second deployment to Bahrain, but for the most part it was amazing. One of those years that will hard to top and that will be forever remembered as one of the best. We began the year cautiously excited for a new addition to our family. We’d lost two babies in 2012, so we were very guarded with our hearts, scared to be excited but so hopeful that God would bless us with another child. After months of listening to a tiny heart beating away on our home doppler, nights spent praying that we would get to meet our sweet baby on this side of Heaven, and many reassuring ultrasounds, excitement started to overtake the caution until we were head over heels for this new little boy. Spring turned into summer, my belly grew (and grew, and grew). Will and I spent the entire summer together in the pool, going every single day to float, splash, and spend final precious days together with him as my only. The summer of 2013 was so special to me and I will never forget those hot, lazy days laughing and snuggling and just being with Will.
I was so nervous before Jack was born that I’d never be able to love another child as much as I loved Will. I just couldn’t grasp how my heart, which was already bursting at the seams with love for my big boy, could grow anymore with love. I was worried I’d miss all the one-on-one time I got with Will and that I’d resent the baby that would take up so much of my precious time. Little did I know that my heart could not only grow and fill up with overflowing love for this sweet new baby, but that it would also grow in love for my husband and my firstborn. Seeing them interact and love on this precious baby, watching our family grow and change, seeing new routines emerge with a big brother who can’t get enough of his little brother…well, my cup runneth over is the only way I can even begin to describe it.
I am so excited for what 2014 has in store for us. This will be my fifth year in business, which seems absolutely crazy! I am so thankful for all of my clients, both new and old, and I can’t wait to help you capture precious shots of your babies, no matter how big or small they may be. I’m also very excited to see how my family grows and changes this year…Will turns 5 in March, Jack turns 1 in July, and Will starts Kindergarten in August. It will definitely be a year of change for us and a year of learning to give my littles independence as they grow.
With Will starting Kindergarten, I will be focusing more time on family than I have in years past, taking on fewer clients each month so I can have time to help with homework in the evenings and more family time on the weekends. Money is always a touchy subject to talk about and I feel weird even talking about it on my blog now, but with this change in taking on fewer clients, I will also be raising my prices for 2014. If you would like to book at 2013 prices, please contact me before the end of the month to get a session on the books. I am so blessed to do this job and I am looking forward to working with your family for a long time to come!
Now, for the real reason you come to check out this blog…pictures! I swapped sessions with Lyndsay Stradtner this fall and I’m so, so glad we got pictures done. I’m in the thick of post-baby body and trying to lose the excess, but these photos are so dear to my heart. Mamas, get in front of the camera TODAY! Thank you Life in Motion Photography for photographing my family so beautifully. I adore these.