December 2016 marked five years with my handsome husband. In January we went to celebrate in Portland, Oregon. The only thing I asked for was an anniversary photo session with a photographer in Oregon. It was the greatest & sweetest gift for this photo loving heart. My hubby on the other hand doesn't love photos or getting photos taken, probably because it's non-stop in this house. So spending an entire day taking photos meant the world to me! We also hit the jackpot with Christian M. Photography. It was such a wonderful experience and honestly really taught me a lot about being in my clients shoes! So check out these incredible photos & if you are ever in the area we know someone we would highly suggest!
This last week we gathered the cousins on my side of the family & had cousin camp! It was so much fun to spend time all together with our Noni to celebrate her birthday. Only thing she wanted was a photo shoot of all of her grand girls. So we did just that! Brooklyn is one of the sweetest little girls. We adore her in this home & loved having her spend so much time with us!
My husband and I are coming up on 5 years of marriage - at the end of the year. We've been spending so much time reflecting on the last couple of years. We talk about what has grown us most, challenged us, & about the dreams we have yet to see happen. Even the dreams that have changed because we are not the people we were when we first got married. I love that we can challenge one another & dream big together. I am so thankful for time away - it's so familiar to be able to pick up and go, do whatever you want whenever you want but also made us miss the ladies! I mean not having to cook, feed anyone, clean up messes, pick up toys, & the endless list of to-dos was pretty darn nice. It was amazing to take a breath & retreat from the day to day living! We feel encouraged & ready to start this next season with so much peace & faith in trusting Jesus with our hearts every step of the way. It really does just get better and better!
Enjoy the photos from the family farm house + our little trip to Austin.
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY
We had such a great weekend celebrating my man. He is the reason I was able to go on this journey of finding the thing that sets my soul on fire. I have had so much freedom to explore this creative side of my heart and that is because of my husband. I'm forever grateful + he is the best daddy around. I seriously would not be here today if it weren't for him! I love you Hunter Aycock!
Happy Father's Day to all of your father's out there - you work so hard & love your families so well. Keep it up because it's changing generations!
“Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commandments! His offspring will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever. He is gracious, merciful, and righteous. He does not fear bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. He is confident and fearless." Psalms 112.
let me start out by saying if you struggle to birth children -- my heart aches for you! i cannot even imagine the pain you've gone through. however it happens, you were made to be a mother. hang in there your time is coming. if adoption might be your plan B, meaning your plan for your life hasn't gone the way you desired then welcome to the party. God works in mighty ways. when we envisioned our family adoption was not our plan a. we were any normal family that believed you had to birth your own children before you could adopt a child. our vision has been just that, it was going to be this perfect little story with our children helping raise the adopted child.
welllllll it wasn't until Jesus turned our world upside down and told us we were to wait on having biological children |to clarify -- we have yet to try to get pregnant!|. we knew adoption was going to be the FIRST way we were to bring children into our family. a seed was planted so deep in our hearts that if we didn't walk out our adoption journey we knew we'd be living in disobedience to God and His word. i do believe Jesus has complete control over every single child and their birth order -- if we allow Him to reign. for your family an adopted child might come first, middle, or last. i'm here to just say s u r r e n d e r. adoption can be for everyone, it's just a matter of choosing to say YES and surrendering your children to Jesus.
november is national adoption month. we've had these precious twin girls since they were 12 days old. we adopted them through foster care when they were 9 months old. we are coming up on the one year anniversary of our gotcha day. our family has still been processing all that happened over the first year. Jesus always takes me back to the two weeks He changed my life. i remember telling Him no to the call countless times. i've been reminded of these words that were so confirming -- it's not about you & hunter, it's about these children and their calling. they have to be first. they have to be chosen. you are changing their destiny.
we tell our little ladies every single night that they were adopted, chosen first, loved so deeply, and hand picked to be in our family. now the vision for our family structure will be these adopted children helping raising our biological children one day. i've never birthed a child so i don't understand that kind of love but i have a feeling it won't look much different. there are many days that i forget they were adopted. last week as i was standing in Israel on the mount where Jesus left this earth and will return again, i was overwhelmed by the love of being grafted into His family. He didn't have to choose me but He did. i was chosen, i was adopted, my destiny has forever been changed. if you are questioning if you'd be able to love a child like you birthed them, just go ahead and stop. the love cannot be explained, it can only be experienced.