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6 Apr

We did it. We have successfully moved in and MOST of the unpacking is done! I hate being away from blogging, well, ever. I always take a couple breaks throughout the year so I can refocus my thoughts or just get reorganized. This instance it was to focus on getting us moved and into our new space. We happened to move during a week when we shot THREE weddings. So yes, we are crazy. CRAZY. But it was such a great week, honestly. It actually wasn’t stressful at all! But it WAS exhausting. EXHAUSTING. So I’m glad that we’ve had some time to recover and to get our office reset up. We’ve still been working non-stop, but having the space in our home is exactly what we needed. I was about to go crazy in our little apartment with ZERO office space. So to have an entire room dedicated to our work is seriously refreshing.

I have so many fun posts coming up. I finally feel like I can get back to blogging like I want to blog. This blog has always been my creative outlet in a lot of ways. I love to write and to share my crazy thoughts and ramblings. I love sharing my stories of my family, my life, and my experiences. When I go too long without writing here, it starts to feel really crappy. HA. So I’m happy to have gotten us settled again AND to have had a huge burst of creative energy. There’s still mountains of work to be done, but I’m so grateful that God has allowed us to have a bigger home to spread out in. One that inspires us creatively and that keeps us in Scottsdale too. I can’t imagine living in any other city than Scottsdale. If we’re going to be in Arizona, Lord willing, then I think we are in Scottsdale to stay. We are seriously loving it.

I know I’m kind of rambling I think. But it’s late, I’m tired and have a million and one things to blog about. Since I can’t fit them all in one post, I’ll leave you with an image from Instagram of our new home. We’ve been blessed with a perfectly sized home for us. We are so grateful and can’t wait to focus in and work harder than we have been already.

More posts and thoughts to come. Here’s to getting back on track.


12 Apr

Moving is kind of intense. But we made it and we are getting settled as we speak! We love our new place and I’m pretty happy that we won’t have to move again for awhile. At least that’s the hope! Internet is hit or miss because we are still waiting for ours to be reconnected. But once it is, I’ll be posting Tip #6 on my series for the Working/Stay-at-Home Mammas. So, stay tuned for that.

Until then, aren’t you enjoying this gorgeous weather that is AZ this time of year??? It’s going to get hot so soon!

But actually, secretly, I really love the summers here. I know, I know. Most people hate it. I’m an odd bird. Monsoons are my favorite.

I can’t wait for summer. And all that it always brings!


8 Apr

My house is full of these right now:

Yes, we are moving. Not far from where we are, but we are moving. SO, I will be MIA on the blog for a few, couple days. IF I can stand to be away. Ha! So if you don’t hear from me, say a prayer for me because I will be up to my eyeballs in boxes, packing tape, and organized chaos- if that’s even real. And we all know how well I do when things are unorganized!


Be back soon!


25 Jan

I’ve been finding my ideas of ‘home’ changing, yet again. I’ve been doing a lot of research around the area that we live in and checking out homes for rent and homes for sale. It’s really fun for me to see what’s out there and since our lease will be up in August, we will be looking to move again. So I’m just getting a feel for the neighborhoods, their prices and what has been and potentially could be available once we are ready to move. I’m a planner, in case you didn’t notice. But I’m really excited about it. The more that I check out the area, the more I find myself wanting something so much different that what I thought I would want. I’m finding myself falling in love with these little townhouse communities. Townhomes that have been there since the 70’s, are smaller and are laid out differently that homes that are built today, with small roads and green lawns, small yards and have usually been remodeled on the inside. They are just so awesome to me. They are all over the place down here.

I’ve always thought that I would want a bigger home. That’s natural, right? You have kids and you’ve got to fit them somewhere! But what if we just don’t do that? What if we actually live below our means when it comes to housing? We’d still have room for our kiddos, space for them to grow up and be comfortable. But what if we just don’t have an enormous backyard? What if we just keep it simple, teach our kids to keep it simple and don’t even try to keep up with the Jones’?

Those thoughts are very appealing to me.

I’d love to travel with our boys and take them to see things that they’d never have the chance to see if we had a huge mortgage payment. I’d love to not have a lot, but to be good stewards of what we DO have and to teach them that. I’d love to settle into a smallish home that we could just keep forever. You’d think that living in Scottsdale there would be more of an urge to keep up with people in regards to what you own. But I actually, and honestly, don’t feel that way. Maybe we are surrounded by amazing people or maybe my mind has just shifted enough that I don’t care what people think, but I really find myself not worrying about the ‘stuff’. In fact, it’s the opposite. I find myself wondering how we can get rid and give away most of it.

It’s liberating, to not have to keep up with people.

God’s blessings still pour down on us, and it’s not always in the form of ‘stuff’. And I am so grateful that He meets our needs and that we do have everything we need. I feel really content with that and really don’t want or need anything more. So when it comes time to buy our next house, which Jason says is a long time away, I’m really looking forward to keeping it simple. Living in a smaller community in a city that offers lots for my kids, teaching them that it’s ok that we don’t have a pool in the backyard, and spending our money on actually living life and not what we’re living in. I’m not saying it’s bad to own or rent a big home, and who knows what type of home we’ll buy when the time is right. But I’m liberated by the idea of living way beneath our means.

Who knows if we’ll even end up staying here! Life can change in an instant and I’m definitely open to that. But when it comes to our next home, I’m really excited to keep it simple. These are just a few examples I love, and not all from the same house. But you’ll get the basic idea.

home together

9 Jun

When we were getting ready to move out of our house, and as we were packing, Jay made a comment that made me a little sad, I’ll be honest.

He said, “I’m kinda sad to be leaving our comfy home.”

When he said it, it not only made me miss our home incredibly (even though we hadn’t even moved yet!) but it made me fearful that we weren’t going to be AS comfortable in our new place. Or that we wouldn’t love it as much. Or that it wouldn’t be what we thought it would be. Or that our stuff wouldn’t fit. Or that it wouldn’t feel like ‘us’.

The list of worries went on and on from that one comment.

Jason didn’t mean to worry me or make me sad. He was feeling the exact same way I was. But as a wife, mother and home maker, every single ounce of me wanted my whole family to feel and be comfortable in our new place. I want our children to have a safe and comfortable place, but I also want my husband to be comfortable and to feel at home. To have a place he can come home from work and unwind and relax. It actually scared me that we wouldn’t have that in this new place. It’s ridiculous to type out, but it’s truly how I felt! I just deeply wanted everything to be good.

So we moved, painted our new place and unpacked very quickly. We’ve only been here about two weeks and the boxes are gone. I had to make this place feel like home fast so it could be a place where we could work and live and be at ease, right away. It was a hard two weeks, but I’m super glad that I did it.

Last night as we were eating dinner, Jay said out of nowhere,

“I really like it here. It’s really comfortable.”

And it kinda made me beam on the inside! I feel the exact same way! It’s not our comfy Gilbert home, but it is a new place that very quickly has become home to us. And more importantly, we all consider it home already. All three of us sleep better at night for some reason. Cruz falls asleep faster and I’m not sure why. We love the area more than anything and it has very quickly felt like home. It’s music to a wife and mother’s ears that the home you’ve created is a comfortable sanctuary for the entire family. And that everyone’s happy here.

What a great feeling.

getting settled

27 May

Wow. What a week it’s been! I’m happy to say that we have successfully moved, but it was no easy task! It’s amazing what your body WON’T do when you’re pregnant. I found myself getting frustrated through the process, having to balance taking care of myself and my pregnancy, getting moved in and unpacked, AND chasing and taking care of Cruz.

We are blessed with an AMAZING family and friends who helped us tremendously through this whole process. From people helping watch Cruz, to moving our whole house, to bringing us breakfast and dinner. It’s been so reliveing to have everyone help us who has. Not to mention, all the emails and texts I got of people just thinking of us and praying for us through the process. It’s been HUGE. So if you were one of those people, in any way shape or form, we are extremely grateful for any and everything you’ve done!!

Rider, on the other hand, I’m pretty sure hates me. HA! My body is so worn out. Being on your feet that much and with the exhaustion of it all has been difficult for me. My mind definitely wants to do things faster than my body can. But I’m happy to announce that I only had two crying ‘breakdowns’ during the entire process! HA! Both were extremely needed, might I add. But every thing is good! I’m trying to take it easy for the next couple days, not let the boxes overwhelm me and adjust to living in Scottsdale.

Which we love, by the way.

We are in a great place and are happy that this process is almost over! Now onto this weekend. We are photographing THREE weddings this weekend.

Yes, three.

So, life is absolutely crazy! But we are thankful for the people around us who have helped us and lifted us up through the process. It’s been great. Exhausting, but great.

packing & moving

12 May

Yes, we are moving! We found renters and we are heading out. Exciting? Yes. We are very excited. We found a great place up in Scottsdale and we are stoked to be closer to Scottsdale Bible Church.

We can’t wait!

But, I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t sad to leave this house though. All of me wishes we could just pick up this house and move it to Scottsdale with us.

But obviously, we can’t.

So we are entrusting it to a good family and praying that it will be well taken care of like we have taken care of it! So in a week from today, we will begin the move out process. We’ve been blessed with a great situation that’s allowing us to move out slowly, to deep clean the house for our renters and for this prego lady to take a pretty big move at her own pace! I’m grateful at how God’s taken care of us through this entire process. Ever since Jay was laid off all the way up until now.

Why do I still doubt sometimes? Geez. You’d think I’d learn by now.

So these next few weeks are going to be INSANE. Tomorrow I’m leaving to head to San Diego for a Boudoir Session that I was hired for. It’s also turned into an all girls weekend, (which I can gladly check off our list!!) and is definitely something that I NEED. It’s been a stressful time, these past few weeks, and although I am going out there to work, I am thrilled to have a little time to relax. It will most likely be my last girls weekend getaway before Rider is born. I can’t wait!

Once I get home, it’s time to pack pack pack! And work work work! We have so many edits we are working on for Session Nine Photography, so I have to manage a way to stay on top of that too. SO, the next couple weeks are going to be exhausting. But at the end of it all, we will be up in Scottsdale and in the community where Jay works. So it’s obviously going to be totally worth it. Life never slows down. I’m hoping it does a little bit after we move.

Six months ago I never thought we’d be here. And although it’s been somewhat of a lonely road, I have never been more grateful and more happy to be where we are. I’m glad we’ve made it here.