I’m so grateful. Merry grateful.
It hasn’t been the year we’d expected, and it certainly hasn’t been the year that was planned for.
Even so…..there were weddings….and family sessions. There was school at home and school in-person. Jared has a good job. I’m growing in my photography, both business and skills-wise. The boys are all brilliant and each has their own individual interests.
We see family less often, and always through masks. And church is on TV for now.
Lots of texting and Facebook chatting with friends.
Facebook, I will admit, has become an essential to my social life.
I’ve written less this year than ever, maybe. It’s been a time of quiet introspection, of goal-setting, of dreaming.
And if I am completely real…. It’s been a year of re-immersing myself in therapy. It’s been a year of getting in touch with my anger and triumphantly moving past that anger. The normal moods have been, well, normal. It’s been a year of getting extremely real about life.
It has been the year of the house rehab….a trend still in progress, with paint projects happening in the foyer and family room and kitchen. And soon, the bathroom downstairs.
It was the year of the septum piercing, and the year of the taking out of the septum piercing, and the year re-piercing at home 8 weeks later.
It was the year of the bleached hair, and the buzzed head. The year of the 1-inch “I don’t care” hair look. I may never outgrow that look.
It has been the year of being grateful and somehow, despite everything, cultivating a quiet confidence.
It’s been a year of becoming comfortable in my own skin. I don’t know if 41 is like that universally, but I am done fighting against myself. There are my limits and my strengths. I am learning to play to them.
Happy holidays, everyone.
Samantha and Edwin got married in Lithonia, Georgia on Saturday, November 14, 2020! It was a gorgeous ceremony and a really fun night. It was an honor to photograph their wedding!
Chandler and Brandon got married on November 7, 2020 at Waco Baptist Church! It was a magical day.
Here is the wedding photography gallery of Lisa and Michael! Lisa and Michael got married on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at The Barn at Nalley Properties in Villa Rica, Georgia. It was a wonderful day!
Here is the story of their day, in pictures:
The first day of school– This day has been a few days of six months coming.
We are all so glad to be getting back into a routine.
Glad isn’t really the right word.
It is good for everybody but Oliver, for his first day of school, in particular is benefitting from making new friends today and being in his school environment. He woke up squealing with excitement even though he wasn’t used to getting up at six o’clock in the morning.
We chose online learning for the big boys and they are well into their morning. I am hoping for the best and I am standing by for tech support but really, I will be hopeless and will have to call the household tech support, Jared, who is an IT director for their school system anyway. But, I am here and ready to respond. I am hopeful that Jared’s first day of school goes smoothly as well.
The first day of school is a rite of passage for the boys, but, also for this mama….
I am really, really looking forward to this season……not just in school, but in my photography business. This has been a booking season of sorts and I am so ready to be behind the camera and celebrating with clients or documenting every day moments with them.
Best of all…. there’s going to be a lot of time with Oliver in school to get laundry done. Because I am enjoying laundry these days. That laundry room is saving my soul.
Jared and I thought the big boys might be happier doing their work in separate spaces all spread out, with one of them in the kitchen and one of them in the office/school room, but lo and behold! The guys seem to prefer working in the school room together on the first day of school.
Here’s to a great new year for all.
I am 2 days late posting, but Porter turned 14 on the 24th!
This kiddo…. I know all moms are biased but Porter is such a neat kid. This pandemic has thrown his world into chaos but he has handled everything thrown at him with such grace. He starts high school in a couple of weeks and while he will be doing the online option, he has a network of good guy friends he stays in near constant contact with.
Porter is brilliant and generous and funny and kind. He loves his dog Trixie more than anything else on the planet. He makes time for date nights on Saturday nights with Mom. It blows my mind that at 14 he really enjoys spending time with Mom and Dad.
Porter is an excellent big brother and watches out for both his little brothers but especially Oliver. He doesn’t initiate game nights but he never says no when we have a family game night.
He loves music and while the pandemic has put the brakes on piano lessons for now, he is enjoying puttering around learning some of his favorite video game tunes on the piano and his saxophone. He teaches himself things to play when he cannot find the actual music for it.
Porter is also passionate about social justice issues. He loves philosophy and while he wouldn’t call it this, I do feel like his spirituality ethos shines through in the way he treats everybody and everything around him. He believes in being kind to everybody. He believes in being aware of what is going on in the world. He has his head on straight and is very down to earth, practical and I would also call Porter a realist.
This kiddo started off in the world as a 4 lb 7 oz preemie that spent his first 30 days in the NICU. He is now a half inch shy of 6 feet at 14 years old.
His dream is to work for Nintendo someday. He hasn’t decided on a major but I could see him going for something like philosophy and becoming a writer for video game story lines. But I will support him fully in whatever he decides he wants to do.
I am so proud to be his mom.