Texture Tuesday | A much needed visit

I just can’t believe that it is mid-November.  Can y’all?? I am in the home stretch of this crazy busy season, and so thankful that I was able to take a few days off to fly down to Florida to visit my sister, brother-in-law, niece and nephew! I had not seen them since July, and that has been the longest period we have ever gone in between visits! Never again!!! Blair and Will are just growing so fast, so I am thankful for the time I get to spend with them.  We had such a great visit! I will do a full blog post later about my sweet family soon! But first my sister needs to send out Christmas cards:)I don’t want to spoil the fun! Here are just two pictures of two of my favorites!!

Texture Tuesday | A Busy October

Today is going to be short and sweet, because I have a full day of shooting today! But I wanted to show a few pictures of what I have been doing this whole crazy month of October!! I have been so blessed to meet so many amazing families and couples this month! It amazes me that I get to capture these moments, their love, and their life! I am so thankful and lucky to do this job! Take a look at a *few* of my favorites from this month!!

Have a wonderful week!!! Enjoy these last few days of October because it is ALMOST November!!

Texture Tuesday | Y’all, lets be honest, I’m struggling

Y’all, it has been a rough few weeks.  Well pretty much all of October has been so tough.  This is the month, that in my head, I was sure, we would have our little guy home.  And here it is, October 22, and I am still a ‘mama in waiting.’  I am growing weary and restless…

So here is the latest.  Obviously we are still waiting.  And we know very little else.

Two things we do know are this! We received our paperwork from the US government yesterday stating that we have been provisionally approved for Davis to be our son and classify’s him as our immediate relative.  So in other words, the US approves and finds us acceptable parents to bring home our child!!

We also know that at the end of August we were submitted to get our Exit Permit (EP) approved to bring Davis back with us to the US. We don’t know if we have gotten EP approval yet, but we hope it will be approved by the end of the month.  Once we get that approval, we then get submitted to family court, and we wait to hear when our court date will be.  Right now, we are hoping and praying that we will at least get to travel for court before Christmas, but the way it is looking right now, we will not have our little guy home for Christmas.  We are truly heartbroken about this.

I was reminded by one of my dearest friends this morning of this:

and that same wonderful friend encouraged me to read my Jesus Calling devotional today and this is what it said:

 ”No matter what your circumstances may be, you can find Joy in My Presence.  On some days Joy is generously strewn along your life-path, glistening in the sunlight.  On days like that, being content is a simple as breathing the next breath or taking the next step.  Other days are overcast and gloomy; you feel the strain of the journey, which seems endless. Dull gray rocks greet your gaze and cause your feet to ache.  Yet Joy is still attainable…. Recall that I am present with you wether you sense My Presence or not… Rejoice in the fact that I understand you perfectly, and I know exactly what you are experiencing.”

I can’t tell you how many times I have read that today.  Countless.  And each time I have read it, my mood is gradually getting better.  I am staying focused on the peace that knowing my baby boy is being loved on and taken care of, and that he is worth waiting for.

Keep praying friends.  Please specifically pray that our baby boy is growing, learning, and can feel our love.  Pray that the Korean government continues to move through our paperwork quickly and efficiently.  Pray that our EP will be approved and we will get a court date SOON.  Please pray that Scott and I can continue to stay strong and patient through this period of waiting.

Thank you so much to all of you who have been supportive, loving on us, and praying for us! Please keep the prayers coming!!!

Nashville, TN Family Photographer | Crady Family

I have gotten the opportunity to capture so really amazing families here lately!! Families that just want pictures of their family loving on each other! Sign me up:) We had such a great time with the Crady family and their sweet, curly hair, baby girl! Take a look at some of my favorites!!

Texture Tuesday | Overwhelmed

Overwhelmed.  If you have seen me in the last few weeks, this is how I have been describing myself.  Nothing fancy.  Nothing exciting.  Just plain overwhelmed.  I have been on an emotional roller coaster from anxious to ecstatic to sad to exhausted to pleased to stressed.  And I feel like I feel all of these at once most of the time!  So me today = OVERWHELMED! I love October and the fall.  I love the crisp air, the bonfires, the football, the leaves changing, the pumpkin candles, my birthday! But this fall, I have just feeling overwhelmed with our move, waiting to finally to hear that we can go meet our son, and busy season in my business. Whew! It is just a lot! I am trying to embrace the chaos that is our life, and remind myself that this too shall pass.

So from now until Thanksgiving, I have many, many family and senior sessions, a few weddings left, and a couple of trips planned (and hopefully a trip to Korea thrown in the mix!).  So if you see me, I will still have my smile, I will still be positive that we will be getting my baby SOON, and I will be telling myself that this period of overwhelming life, is just that.  A period in my life.  Not a constant. And just to hang in there.

Hang in there, friends, hang in there!

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