When I moved to Utah and got married quickly, I was worried that I missed my chance to make lasting friendships. But boy was I wrong.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The friends I've made at photography conferences, workshops and facebook communities are the friends that are there for me through the highest highs and lowest lows.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I need a girls trip! So yesterday I booked my class pass to @photonative in Santa Barbara, California for next February to be surrounded by other photographer and creatives that are just like me. It'll be a perfect time for me to recoup from a hard winter, and refocus on my business and passions.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you're still looking for a place where you belong, take a chance on @photonative. Not only will you come home with new friends, but uplifted and motivated in your business.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Every time I attend Photo Native, I grow creatively, make new friends and even strengthen my motherhood.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Have you been to PN before? What did you think? Who's coming with me? We can rent an AIRBNB! YES! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (PS I shared the link to the class pass in my stories if you want to join)
I’ve been holding my breath for a week and two days since Lauren discovered the mysterious mass in her brain that’s given her 60+ days of migraines. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With everything else going on I have not been ready to accept the possibilities. My watch has reminded me to breath constantly. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Today she got answers that led to more questions, more unknowns and more possibilities. It could be brain cancer. It could be a tumor. It could be a cavernous malformation. But if it is, it’s not normal. Like all the docs keep saying, “it’s a weird one” The neurosurgeon could not give her a definite answer, and that’s the hardest part! Either she waits to see if it grows, causes seizures and her headaches gets worse or she has brain surgery right away. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ She’s anxious. I’m anxious. So we anxiously will wait until she gets a second opinion on Tuesday at Huntsman Cancer Institute. Us Falter girls are strong like our momma. And we’ve got this....whatever this is.
I have felt like I’ve been in constant crisis for the last six months — between Ro’s constant health problems, Luke’s surgeries, working insane hours, ER trips, moving, travel schedules etc.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And then October came and knocked me flat on my butt. Numb. Frozen. Confused. This month has been a rollercoaster of emotions. Deep, hard, scary emotions.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ At first I was almost embarrassed I needed my support system yet again. But then I realized that this entire summer of HARD was God’s way of refining me. I was being prepared to fight the biggest emotional fight of my life.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ve learned to ask for and accept help even when it’s happening embarrassingly too often. I’ve learned who my support people truly are. And my support circle has grown in the best way this summer with my new neighbors. I’ve learned to open up and be vulnerable. I’ve learned to be private. And I’ve grown so incredibly close to my husband + cried on his shoulder like I’ve never cried before.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I have so much left to learn, and so much more to process. But I am so grateful for God’s hand in every detail. He’s there in the good moments, and the bad. And I feel his love for me in every tender mercy —every check in, text, doorbell ditch. Especially because I’ve kept many of my struggle really private and have still had check ins and hugs at all the right times. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🖤⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #godisgood #sharegoodness #thatmaughanlife
Our Piper Ann turned 5 today and had her first friend party. I had to limit it to twelve princess because she’s friends with hundreds of little girls. It doesn’t matter if they’re one or twelve. She even wanted to invite all her babysitters 😂 It was a fun day doing all her favorite things - hair, make up, dress up, nails and dancing to Disney songs. I want to freeze time at this magical age ✨ #thatmaughanlife #piperanngram
Last night I reached out to you for prayers, and was overwhelmed with love, support and the kindest messages + gestures for my sis and our entire family. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🖤 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Your support has left me in happy tears multiple times today. Thank you for loving my sis. And me. And my family. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Updates will come when we have updates. Until then, positive vibes and all the prayers for @xolaurenpace and the rest of us. ✌🏻
The day after our fall minis it dropped 20 degrees and snowed. Piper asked if it was Christmas when she saw the snow on our rooftop. 🤷🏼♀️ It’s gonna be a heck of a winter. Currently debating if the views from our new house are worth the hills⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 😖😭⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Anyone want to chauffeur me and my kids around all winter?