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Alright, it’s confession time:  I went to Hawaii this month.


The crazy thing was, it wasn’t on my calendar three months ago– really!  It has been such a crazy season for us, and I had no intention of doing any continuing ed for my business this year.  It just didn’t seem like it would fit into our plans.  But Kristen Kalp had other ideas…


She co-led the FIND 2.0 workshop that I attended back in 2013, and I simply loved it.  I learned more in two and a half days there than I could have imagined.  She is the queen of making business work for you, both in the numbers sense and the heart sense.  I appreciated her honesty, kindness, and all-around love of life.  So when I found out she was having a Find Your Voice workshop, I immediately emailed her.  “I want to go!”  Everything in me said it was crazy, but through countless details falling into place, most importantly childcare (thanks, Mom and Dad!) and Mike’s unwavering support, I booked my ticket and found myself on a plane just a month later.


So what is Find Your Voice?  It’s a three-night, two day workshop (but felt more like a retreat) with others who also need to take a look at their business from a distance.  It’s insight into your hopes and goals from someone who has an uncanny knack for observation and spot-on advice.  It’s a chance to get away from emails, phone calls, etc. and pour focused time into where you want to go.  It’s like a jolt of caffeine for your business!


This workshop happened to be all ladies, and I’m so grateful for the ways these incredible women shared their stories and encouraged me in mine.  To say I learned so much would be a massive understatement, but it’s all I can manage right now.  Thank you, Kristen, for a meaningful, growth-filled experience.




This month has been a blur.  Jude is sitting up really well these days, and more often than not, I find him in a totally different position than where I left him in the crib.  He’s not crawling, per se, but he wiggles himself enough on his tummy to stir things up a bit.


We tried solids this month, which he is warming up to nicely these days.


jude_7mos-1013I am loving how interactive he’s become these days!  The older he gets, the more fun he gets.  I still can’t wait til he can run around with Noah.  It’s hard to imagine right now, but I’m sure it will be here before we know it!


 To see more photos of our boys, you can visit our gallery here!


Man, what a difference a month makes!  Since my last self-portrait, I’ve found a job, Mike has started school, and life has turned in a much more encouraging direction.  I’m so thankful for all the things that have come together for our family in the month of August!

My new position at Good Shepherd is such a Godsend– I’m on a staff that cares for one another, has a deep love for God, and shares great commitment to the church.  I’ll be working part-time mostly from home for the next couple of months, and will transition into full-time work there in November.  This is such a gift, since I can continue to spend more time with the boys and focus on establishing my photography business in a new city.  And yet, in some ways, I can’t wait for November to arrive.

The last three+ months have been the longest I’ve stayed at home.  When I was younger, I really wanted to be a stay-at-home-mom.  It was how I was raised, and I knew I wanted to have kids, so it just made sense.  As rich as this time has been, I realize now more than ever that I deeply enjoy and miss working in an office.  Staying at home requires a degree of self-imposed structure to the day that I really struggle with (when it comes to the kiddos).  Pair that with potty training, nap strikes, and other shenanigans, and I end many days much more exhausted than a 12 hour day at the office!

I knew being a full-time mom was hard.  I just didn’t realize how hard until I was in it.  The grass is always greener, I know, but I hope to strike a balance with work and home that can offer my best to both worlds.  For now, I will frequent the playground and offer all the snuggles I can.