Life is a roller coaster. You can either scream every time you hit a bump, or you can throw your hands up in the air and enjoy it!
At the end of last year, I was way over my head! Aside from the everyday rigors of being a wife and mom, I had one busy year with both of my businesses. I was ready...no, I needed to slow down. I decided to limit the number of weddings that I accepted, and also decided that I needed to put a time frame on keeping both businesses going. Something had to give, and I was determined that it wasn't going to be me. I mean, when you are a wife, and especially a mom, that give, can't mean you.
So, limit my weddings, I did. And, not only did I limit my weddings, but I significantly cut down on the number of other sessions I'd accept as well. See, first of all...when you live in northern Wisconsin, you only get so many months to "make hay" as the expression goes. Secondly, that time just so happens to be the same exact time for both my husband and myself. And, while I love that we are both busy, we are, in fact, parents. So, my kids had to come first; and I was determined to have a good summer with them!
Little did I know at the time, that all of these decisions made months prior to this year, were all being made for a reason. I'm so thankful that God really does work in mysterious ways!
This year, my husband got busy...really, really busy. And, one of my dearest friends (the one whom I trusted to watch my children when my husband and I were both "making hay" at the same time), well, she moved away. No more reliable babysitter! I continued to refer work away (which I can't entirely say didn't bother me - I hate saying no!) Then, end of last year my son started getting recurrent bouts of strep throat. And, when I say "recurrent," I mean almost to the date every four to five weeks. Fast forward through all of the hassle that I went through to get to an ENT, the final result was a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy. UGH!! So, almost two weeks off for recovery, of which we are only about halfway through, and still recovering.
Then, a few weeks prior to surgery, we got an unexpected call about our house. My husband and I had put our house on the market last year in hopes to move to a larger piece of land. After several showings, things just didn't pan out according to our plan. So, we left well enough alone, and actually really started to plan a move to Tennessee. We were looking at a couple of little towns, schools, churches, jobs, etc., and even started figuring out a good time frame to move. But, then one random morning I get a call. And, that was it...we were no longer moving to Tennessee, but we were moving! It is truly amazing to watch a plan (that isn't your own plan) unfold bigger and better than your plan could have ever been! And, instead of wondering if you've missed that still, small voice, it was larger than life, just staring us in the face. We are more than excited, to say the least.
We will leave this home that my husband built with his hands, and that we dreamed together. But, we are looking to the future of our family. And, I've been talking about wanting a bigger garden, a little hobby farm, right?! I have that feeling that you get right about the time you reach the top of the roller coaster...the cars slow, and almost stop, and then WHOOSH!!! I have a child that needs to heal, a move to make in just around 4 weeks, and my busiest season for photography, then the start of a new school year! Phew...taking a deep breath, 'cause here goes nothing!
Now for a few B/W's from my first wedding of 2013...
Since I've been an absolutely horrible blogger this year...I'm really hoping that once things slow down, and were are hunkered down for the cold weather again (SHHHHHH!!!) that I will catch up on posting all my sessions!