doesn’t it seem that the further along we roll into may, the more your body seems to be saying….”please bring on summer”?!
as much as i’d love to tell you i rise before the dawn & get my day going, it’s a painful shock to my body when dan wakes me each morning at 6am before he heads off to work. obviously i just gave away the secret that i don’t make him a hot breakfast. like ever. but atleast i’m out of bed (most days) before all the girls & that my friends, is a true labor of love. mama needs her
10 8 hours of sleep.
as evidenced by the plethora of colorful sorority comfort- colors tshirts added to my laundry inventory, savannah is back home! she’ll be here only about 3 weeks before she heads out for her summer intensive discipleship program. each of you who purchased glittered monogram canvases & painted states helped make that dream a possibility for her. & i thank you!!
she lived in her sorority house this year & loved it. i know it surely was a tender few days as all those girls packed up & pulled away.
in other news….ya’ll were so cute about yesterday’s basic wordless post. the teal blouse several of you emailed about was from free people. the funky cross necklace was made by browneyedfox a few years ago. look her up on instagram. you’ll love her. the two piece dress emi was modeling is a sherri hill prom gown. ( who knew a two piece “gown” was all the rage…supposedly a HUGE seller this year) madison had produced a fashion show at their school and emi was one of the models.
speaking of fashion. don’t laugh…but over the next few weeks i’ll be creating videos for jeanne oliver’s summer ecourse series. she asked if i’d talk about summer fashion. i’ll share riveting things like how to stack your arm accessories and the joys of hip shoes. so stay tuned for more information on that!
meanwhile. i’ve been in such a fun season of photoshoots. weddings, engagement sessions & senior photos. so fun! thankful for clients who have become repeat clients & friends. thank you rebecca for always encouraging me! rebecca here…she’s just worked her a%@ off and lost 50 pounds. old school. eating less & exercising more! way to go girl!!!
in other exciting news. i’m beyond fired up & excited to tell ya’ll i’ll be traveling with jessica & a few other noonday ambassadors to guatemala!!! hopefully dan can teach me some basic spanish between now & august.
i mentioned a few weeks ago i headed to birmingham to help photograph a wedding. one of my favorite friends lives there so i was able to crash at her gorgeous home. two nights in a row! ashley is a super busy entrepreneur yet she always finds time to encourage and always finds time to make sure we stay connected. what a blessing that is. i want to be better about that. she lives in another state and yet we get together on a regular basis….i fail at that with friends that live here in atlanta.
she even sent home shwings for caroline! chuck taylor fans, rise up & adorn your converse…how cute are they?
we’ve had a big change in afterschool logistics…especially for caroline. she left dance back in january & has worked her tail off to prepare for & try out for a competitive cheer squad. she just made allstar level 3 & began practice last night. the gym is a little bit of a hike for us but i’m very excited about the year ahead for her. way to go little bit!!
pictured below are the first times she was ever put up in a stunt.
we are not a jetset traveling family. we’re not. it just so happens that there are a few trips in the works. madi just got home from california where she competed in DECA nationals!
and to wrap up my random post i have 3 words for you.
crowder itunes session
go download now sister. david crowder singing Old Rugged Cross will blow you away.
you can thank me later
one last word. i’m sharing today about the highlights in our lives. i’m not ( in this post) sharing about the trials. and please don’t think that a post about the highlights is real life-everyday-all the time. i’ve chosen to not share about the argument with one of my girls which lasted for a few days. i’ve chosen to not discuss an ongoing medical situation for one of the girls. i’ve chosen to not share about a few other moving-parts of ongoing issues/concerns. this is just the highlights.
i am overwhelmed by the friends in my life who are currently going through crisis. a dissolved engagement, a newly diagnosed ovarian cancer/surgery & upcoming chemo, an friend from ‘long ago’ who reached out to ask if i’d like to see her–she’s currently undergoing chemo for breast cancer. i have a friend dealing with anxiety. the list goes on & on. i do not take the gift of any day that we’re given lightly.
again, hear me say, please don’t ever mistake a highlights post for the illusion that life is perfect. all the time.
none of us knows what’s right around the corner. i want to engage in where i am each day , whether it’s celebrating with a friend or loving on one my girls as they have a day of success. our teens, especially, are constantly beat down. i want to cheer them on whether its a sophmore year at UGA well lived or a trip to cali or whatever. i want them to see me celebrating them. they get enough of the other crap. ( sorry) so yes, i share about the good in them.
anyways. just wanted to make sure ahead of time that we’re all good…thank ya’ll for spending any moments at all to read here on simple thoughts…
i love ya’ll!!