Have You Heard???

Eeek! Such an exciting turn this year has taken! In all the hustle and bustle that is life, I have been severely slack on the blogging. Being a homeschool mom of four, wife, and business owner keeps me on my toes! Blogging tends to take a backseat..  So, while everyone else is in bed and while I should be editing, here I sit attempting to blog. Moving on...

Have you heard the good news though? No? Well, let me fill you in! I have these two wonderfully amazing friends! Their names are Kayla and Nicole. Best part is, their photographers and moms too. (Click their names to visit their websites!) We were lucky enough to find one another last year and became very close, very quick. These are my go to gals, my life lines, confidants. I can't remember my life before them and don't want to do life with out them! I thank God for these two everyday!  Here's the best part though! We completely understand, uplift, encouraging, counsel, and support one another. Not often can you find three completely different individuals, whose lives are so opposite yet exactly the same, who also own the same type of business. Especially in the area we live in. So, it would only be expected that we would want to mingle our businesses!

We've been very blessed with the opportunity to open a studio together in our town of North Wilkesboro. It's an amazing place that we can make all our own. It's spacious with two floors, a kitchen, and a full bath! I'm so excited about that! Cleaning kids up after cake smashes will be a breeze! We also have a room especially for newborns and babies, complete with a nursery area for nursing moms, siblings to play,  and diaper/clothes changes. We'll soon be moving in a TV so parents and kids will be more comfortable during those longer newborn sessions. There's also a full kitchen, sitting area,  and a handful of pretty places in the neighborhood for those must have outdoor shots! This isn't all though! I've been asked to come onboard Nicole's team at Nicole Huffman Photography  as a lead wedding photographer. Kayla is coming aboard also, as well as owning Kayla Cree Photography

There you have it! Plain and simple... or as simple as I make it anyway. I'm so glad this Spring has brought forth change for my friends and myself. Here's to making it in 2017!

This Sorta Fairytale

I want to thank my dear friend Nicole, at  NICOLE HUFFMAN PHOTOGRAPHY, for inviting me to join her for this beautiful styled engagement session, featuring her wonderful clients Dominic & Shea, who will soon be wed in August of this year.

A sincere thank you also goes out to all of the local vendors who put forth the time and effort to make this dream a reality for so many!

Lead Photographer: Nicole Huffman Photography

Event Planning and Florals : Edenhouse

Cake Artist and table linens: Huffman Events

Calligraphy Artist: Pep n Pop

Hair Stylist: Salon 405

Make-up Artist: Abby Roots

A lot of us dream of the day we will meet "the one"... We hazily envision the perfectly played out scenario in our minds a thousand times over. For most of us though, that's all it is... a vision, a daydream. Rarely do fantasies come true. That is unless, you're a beautiful young girl named Shea, whose blue eyes are as piercing as the midday sky.

Shea always dreamed of marrying an Englishman. Little did she know that one snowy February day in 2014, a handsome, dapper young english lad, a half a world away, would soon sweep her off her feet. 

Fast forward three years and thousands of miles traveled, Shea and Dominic's fairytale has became a true life love story. Dominic first traveled to America to meet his future bride in person on December 23, 2014, ten long months after they found one another via internet. Once they officially met, even an oceans distance hasn't been able to separate them.

Congratulations Shea and Dominic, on your upcoming wedding! Your story is a true testament that love knows no distance, no matter how far! Many blessing and so much love to you both!

The Last First Birthday

I was told the other day that blogging is a great way to release your emotions, the ones you keep bottled up, the ones if released too often or in a large amount, would deem you legally crazy. Today is one of those days where blogging may very well be a better friend than foe. Today is my last first birthday.

I was blessed with the title of "mama" in 2002 during a stormy day in June. I was twenty-two and terrified. I had no idea how to be a mom and truth be told, I wasn't mom material. God thought otherwise. I truly learned to appreciate my own Mama in the days, weeks, and months that followed.

Fast forward fourteen years, seven months, one day, and many memories later, I now am a mama of four. Hunter 14, Ezekiel 12, Rosalind 3, and Judas turned ONE at 5:43am today. I knew this day would soon come, my last first birthday. I knew it would be wonderful but I also knew it would be hard. I excitedly planned his cake smash session (which was adorable). We bought him a lifetime hunting and fishing license that he may never use. We invited over immediate family to sing to him while I held him on my hip and blew out the single lit candle on his birthday cake. It wasn't anything fancy, that's just not us. It was just enough for us to remember though.

This year has tossed a lot at us. Pregnancy was always hard for me. All of my babies were preemies, Judas was no exception. Born at 36 weeks and one day, when he came into the world via cesarean section, he had fluid on his lungs. They whisked him away to the NICU a few minutes after birth. They said he would be there a few hours. Those hours led to days, almost two weeks to be exact. We had a few scary moments and I had a lot of crying, melt down moments. At home I had three other children. My two year old daughter had never spent a night with out her mama. An hour away was my preemie son whom I felt I couldn't leave. In the midst was my husband trying to be strong for everyone. It was only eleven days, but it was an emotionally, physically draining, very long eleven days. I still can't praise The Ronald McDonald House enough for helping keep us together during some of those nights.

We made our trip home with "Jubie", as Rosalind nicknamed him, the day before a snow storm. It was so good to finally be home. The winter turned into spring, we all adjusted to our new life as a family of six. Summer came and went. Fall landed us new adventures and too quickly turned to winter again. All too soon another year will have came and gone. All of my babies will be another year older. I will be bracing myself for my last second birthday. There will be many more "lasts" in the course of my motherhood but in turn there will so many more firsts! Hunter will start Driver's Ed. this spring. Zeke will see his new smile when his braces come off in the fall. Rosalind gets to move up a class in gymnastics. Judas is so close to those first hands free steps.

So today, instead of feeling "woe is me"  at the thoughts of my last first birthday, I chose to be thankful. Thankful that the Lord let me experience Judas's first birthday! Thankful for four wonderful children who have given me countless memories and so many firsts with many more to come!

A New Year, A New ME!

Hi! Welcome to 2017, my website, and my third attempt at blogging!

As someone who has always looked at myself as being creative and artistic, writing isn't exactly my strong point. I can paint, draw, crochet, take a pretty photograph... and I'm a master with a glue gun. However, getting those perfectly placed words out of my head and on to the computer screen is another story. This is the year that all of that changes and I'm pretty excited about it! Along with the hopes of FINALLY tackling the blogging blues, I'm planning on building my business name, concentrating on the more important things that come with being a wedding photographer to better serve my clients. Reaching and stepping out of my comfort zone! Overall I just want to discover and maybe even be discovered! So, with all of that said, here's to a new year, a new me, another attempt at blogging!