Motherhood

It’s been a little over six months since my last official blog post.  If you’ve followed along on Instagram, then you probably know that I decided this past fall to take a step back and focus on my children.  Motherhood has truly been the best thing that has ever happened to me. It’s hard to believe that these two will be 3 and 4 in just a couple of months. It has been extremely rewarding to take a step back and be fully present with them. So, when Elle Boone recently reached out to me about capturing some images with Charlotte and Hugh during this special time, I jumped at the opportunity!

This past summer, I found myself living in a constant state of stress trying to keep up with the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The kids were out of school on summer break which meant that everything work related revolved around the 2 hour or less nap window, or after 8 pm when they were in bed for the night. On days that they didn’t nap, nothing was accomplished.  I was struggling with trying to be fully present as a mother while keeping up with work commitments, and all of the household responsibilities on top of that. While on the outside I just kept smiling, internally, I was essentially a sinking ship. If I was playing with the kids, I was constantly thinking about what I needed to be doing for the blog, and if I was working on the blog, I was constantly distracted by the kids. 

I kept taking things day by day, thinking it would get easier, the kids would start school a few days a week and I would have more time, right? Only, I didn’t. If anything, I sunk further and further. I contemplated for weeks what to do. Do I stop and face my own failure? Or do I continue my attempt to wear all of these hats knowing that deep down I wasn’t truly able to give 100% to both work and mom life? I prayed and prayed and prayed about it, but never felt clarity…until one Sunday morning in September. Our church started a sermon series entitled “Crazy Busy,” {which you can view here} and over the course of four weeks, we dove into what was essentially my reality.  I was spending every waking moment that I could in my office trying to write about the life that I was essentially “too busy” to live, and I’m fairly confident that that isn’t how God intended things to be.  

After leaving church that day, I knew exactly what I needed to do. I needed to take a break and get back to focusing on what brought me the most joy, my children. To be honest, I knew what I needed to do all along, but it wasn’t until that sermon that I felt at peace about my decision. So for the last six months, we have spent our days waking up without an agenda. It has been quite possibly the most profound six months of Motherhood that I have ever experienced.  I am grateful that I had the opportunity to press pause, as it allowed me to get back to the roots of why I started this blog, and more importantly, to find joy in doing so.

I love that this blog has allowed me to tap into my creative side. I always knew that I would come back to it; but, with a different approach this time. With the understanding that I am a mother with two young children (and 3 dogs 😉 ) and I recognize that they are only so little for so long—and with the acceptance that I will not be able to post 5 days a week, and maybe not even 5 times a month.  I once read a quote by David Allen that said “You can do anything, but you can’t do everything,” and to piggy back on that, you certainly can’t do everything all at once. So let’s slow down and embrace this season of life, for it is short, but sweet. These are the days.

OUR SESSION

Enough about me, let’s talk about these incredible images. We had originally planned on an outdoor shoot, but when the weather didn’t cooperate, we went for plan B, and Elle could not have been more accommodating.  She invited us over for a session at her in-home studio.  I’ll admit, Charlotte and Hugh can sometimes take a while to warm up in front of the camera, but Elle has such a way with children that they immediately felt comfortable. We had so much fun during our shoot, that when it was time to go, Charlotte and Hugh wanted to stay and play for a little longer.

When Elle sent me the gallery from our shoot, I was completely blown away. Despite the dreary day, she was able to capture some of the most beautiful images of the three of us that I have ever seen. Taking photos with toddlers is always unpredictable, but I was so amazed that she was able to capture so many photos in such a short amount of time. I had such a hard time narrowing it down for this post as there were so many good ones to choose from.

In honor of Mothers Day, Elle is hosting a Motherhood Event where she will offer mini sessions and a chance for you to get in front of the camera to capture your Motherhood.  The event will take place on April 13th and will surely leave you with memories to last a lifetime.  She still has some time slots available for her indoor sessions at the Lumen Room, which you may have recently seen on Megan Kristine’s blog! Sessions at the Lumen Room can be booked with hair and makeup included by Something You Beauty.

You can book a session with Elle here.

xo
Stacey

Photography by Elle Boone

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