Grateful.

I am beyond grateful for so many wonderful things.

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I'm sitting here looking at his cute sleepy face and I'm overwhelmed with love and gratitude. Hudson has brought a new look on life that I am excited to figure out. I am looking at things differently with him here. Our lives have definitely changed.  

So far it's not in big ways just in small ways. We have to consider him and what he needs before we plan anything. The number one thing that has changed is time and timing.

I used to be able to get ready and out the door in a half hour…. ha. I haven't figured out his feeding schedule enough to get out the door within 2 hours. I had been doing pretty good... then I adjusted it for what I thought would be better and it wasn't!

He went from happy self scheduling perfectly to a fussy tired and hungry all the time baby. I'm grateful in the last 2 days he hopped right back into his happy baby mode. I bet he is pretty happy about it too.

So now I have a baby that sleeps 3-6 hours between feedings and wakes up every morning between 6:15-7.

I knew he was perfect but letting me get some sleep really makes him even cooler.

So today

I'm grateful for my little man.

I'm grateful for a loving and supportive husband.

I'm grateful I'm almost all healed up.

I'm grateful I'm getting sleep.

I'm grateful I'm NOT pregnant.

I'm grateful for my “tribe” and all the support and love they give.

I'm grateful for coffee.

I'm grateful for this new chapter we've started.

I'm grateful I love my life.

 

I hope you have a grateful kind of day too <3

 

Xoxo

Deb

He's here.

After all the months of imaging what he was going to look like, what labor would be like and if pregnancy would ever end.... he's here! He really is... I'm still in shock. Every time I see any of the photos that were taken at his birth I am full with such gratitude for such an amazing experience.  
 

Labor was easy. Relatively.  

I elected to be induced one day before my due date. I was ready. I had let the fear of labor start to cloud my judgment. I wanted to have him before my excitement for the process dwindled. I went in to labor and delivery on Tuesday morning at 7 am. By 930 I was all hooked up with Pitocin started.  

Once the pitocin started I started to have contractions. It didn't do much, I even took a nap. They gave me a choice on whether I wanted my water broke but I wanted to see if it could happen with just the pit. After a while it was time to get out of bed and get moving. That day I walked over 4 miles in this small loop that went around the labor and delivery floor. But 12 hours later and all the pitocin they would give me and all that I had felt was what I would call bad period cramps.  

I had gone in dilated to a loose 3 and 70% effaced and when they checked me I was the same. They gave me my options explaining that I could relax take a shower, try more pitocin, break my water or go home and see what happens... I had no idea what to do and the fear of labor all the sudden started to overtake my thoughts. I had been excited and happy about all of it (even the pushing) a few days before and all that was dwindling fast. I took a bath relaxed and knew I needed to just make a choice. If I had them break my water the likelihood of c-section and infection would increase significantly. However, at this point my mind was more scared of the process than of having a c-section.

I had them break my water around 9 pm.  

Gross. Hot water came out in a gush. It continued to gush for hours making me feel like I was peeing myself over and over again. Joy. I started having contractions almost immediately that were double anything I had previously. And which each contraction the pain was doubling on itself. (They think it could've been the 12 hrs of pit making it go so quickly) by the 7th contraction. I knew I was ready to get an epidural. I had thought I would try it without one but I think I threw that idea out the window pretty quickly.  

The anesthesiologist was amazing. (Long paragraph ahead about allergies that I don't want to forget) She had come in right after my water was broke and explained the process. She also asked some interesting questions. Come to find out there are a few allergies that are related and I had no idea I had developed almost all of them in the last couple years. I've always been sensitive to local anesthesia and it takes more than double to numb me at the dentist. So she started with that one and I said yes it takes a lot. Then she knew that I had been having trouble with the bands that they use to monitor baby and I had broken out in a rash. (Not to mention they had to get hypoallergenic sheets sent up because the others were bugging me too) Long story short it is latex, local anesthesia, kiwis, bananas and pineapple! I had never realized bananas and pineapple but when I thought back over pregnancy I realized those had popped up now and then. The biggest one was latex though. My back was COVERED in sore spots from the big tape thing they use for the epidural. And anywhere they had to tape me took days and days to heal.

The epidural did exactly what it was suppose to do. It stopped all the pain and with it all the contractions. They waited a few hours to see if it would start on its own again, it didn't. They came in and checked me and I was still the same as before... they started the pitocin again just after midnight. The epidural was strong and trying to sit up and not having control enough to was a weird feeling. And slowly I could tell if I touched it my belly started to get tight but I definitely couldn't feel it. So I took another nap.

At one point in the night the nurse came in to switch me from my left side (the side baby favored my entire pregnancy) to my right side. Within a few minutes I noticed baby's heartbeat slow a litttle and I moved towards my back instead of that side. She came in again a couple minutes later and switched me back to the left side and put me on oxygen just in case. But soon as I was back on my left side his heart rate came back up and all was good. I would guess this happened around 2.

I think it was around 4 that they decided to check me to see if I had made progress because I was saying I could feel some pain on my left side. I shouldn't have been feeling it there though because normally the epidural numbs more on the bottom side of your body. But I had almost full movement of my legs and that tingling feeling was mostly gone. Gratefully when they checked me I was dilated to a 7 and almost 100% effaced. I have everyone a heads up and went back to sleep.

The contractions got closer together and my doctor was going off shift at 7. She came in apologized that she may not be there for me. She was part of the reason I wanted to be induced on that day. She'd been my doctor the entire pregnancy and I didn't want a stranger. Before she left she decided to check me and low and behold I was a 10!!! Annndddd... ready to go.

I called all the necessary people and told them to hurry their butts back to the hospital because I would be ready to push soon.  

Soon came fast. However, I wanted my sister to be there but she was 30 minutes away so I held it in. Then there was an accident she got stuck behind (of course) and it took her almost a full hour to get to the hospital. I called her and she said she was in the parking lot so I told them to call the doc I was ready.

About a week or two earlier I have been analyzing a couple of friends births and my sisters. Quite a few of them had all had amazing experiences and I wanted that too. I'm a big believer in positive thinking and I knew that there was some things that would be out of my control on how baby got into this world. Although, my reaction to the entire experience was 100% within my control. As things begin to hurt I kept repeating to myself, "this is a choice". Not only was having a baby a choice but my reaction to the pain and all of the unknown was also a choice. I guarantee having this mindset made labor a lot easier.

The doctor came in, introduced herself, and told Mike she had heard he was feeling sick and handed him DayQuil 🙌🏻 he had started getting sick the day before and try as he might he felt like crap.
 

We did a couple practice pushes so she could explain a little on how to push and then my nurse (the absolutely amazing Lee)   took over and counted pushes for me. Once the doctor had left in between pushes Lee explained that her baby sister had been in an accident. Only an hour before a DUMP TRUCK had ran her over on her scooter!!! And she was there delivering my baby acting as if everything was fine. I'm beyond impressed with how she not only treated me but how cool and level headed she stayed. By some miracle later we found out that the guy was going straight and cut her off in her lane when he decided to turn left at the last second. Her scooter got stuck under the truck and she went under the truck. Somehow all that happened (thanks to her helmet) was a tendon on one side tore from her toe to her knee. Definitely not good but considering what happened I guarantee she'll take that over the alternative.

Ok back to my delivery... I was pushing for just under and hour so I'm pretty sure I was pushing without the doctor for around 20-30 minutes. I really have no idea. I'll have to look at the photo time stamps. My amazing nurse was having me push for three counts of 10 and then I would get to "relax". People had told me that you get a minute to relax in between but it's not really a minute to relax. It's a minute to wait while you're still hurting just not hurting as bad. The minute to "relax" was almost annoying to wait. I just wanted to get to the next contraction.

Mike situated himself on my left side behind the bed rails. The whole time he held my arm and anytime he could tell that I was really in pain he would rub. It was a perfect distraction in the painful parts to know he was there.

Aleea, my sister, held my left leg and my nurse Lee held my right. I would grab the backs of my legs to push it was much easier to try and put my knees up towards my chest on either side. If I like the more that I was able to relax them down towards me the more my pelvis would open.  
 


Once I was fully in the "ring of fire" stage, it was hard not to sob and cry a little in between pushes. This was when I definitely just wanted to keep pushing instead of just sit there and cry. I remember thinking "I wonder if it would be easier to just keep pushing, at least I would be doing something".

TMI- once they told me that the head was starting to come out I knew that the likelihood of me pooping on the table went down significantly. It's amazing how much better the pushes became once I knew that embarrassing experience wouldn't happen.

They asked me if I wanted to feel the head and I remember my thoughts were "NO, I want to freaking push to get him here.  I don't want him to stay in there!"

At this point the pain made me extremely determined to get him out. My mind went one track and pushing was all I could think about. I wanted to help pull him out and be the one to put him on my chest. When his head was out the doctor helped his shoulder a little and either her or Lee said, "Now is your chance grab your baby." I reached down grabbed him and pulled him to me.

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Everyone had told me that in that moment my love would grow and I'd be changed forever. All I felt in that moment was SHOCK. I was in complete shock that a baby, A FREAKING BABY, was sitting on my chest and for the last ten months that was what was in my belly. I had made that... I felt relief from the pain, shock and confusion. My brain wasn't letting me focus on anything but emotion.

I started to shake and bawl.  

I didn't want to let him go and I needed to be close to him. It wasn't a loving feeling it was more of a primal need to have him close to me and know where he was. 

Going back a little...

He had a thick layer of vernix on his back and not much blood. While I'm glad I had a bra on I wish it would've opened in front so I could've thrown it on he floor and put him directly on my chest. (With the bra on, having him on my chest almost felt dirty and sticky. So get a front buckle if you're wearing a bra for delivery!)

I delayed the cord clamping and just held him for a bit. Once the cord was clamped I cut the cord myself. It's something I really wanted to do especially since Mike had said he would prefer not to cut it. I Don't know why but I was expecting no blood to come out and when some dripped out I was surprised. When I delivered the placenta it felt like jello coming out and I didn't feel pain. I didn't tear really but the doctor put in three “cosmetic” stitches because she thought I would like them. Ha. That sentence is funny to me. The pain from anything that came after he was delivered was so much less that I felt nothing.


He had been wheezing a little and had not let out a big cry when he came out so they asked if they could check him out. His cries had been more muddled and soft. He was definitely breathing but almost lethargic.  

I told Mike I didn't want him to go over to the warmer alone and I wanted Mike to go hold his hand. I think that's when Mike fell in love with little man. I chose to have him vaccinated and when he cried it got to Mike. (See the video👉🏻)

He breastfed almost immediately and it wasn't weird at all. I had a fear that it would be gross or foreign and I wasn't sure how I was going to feel. (Now I love breastfeeding him) The massaging that they give you after delivery I couldn't really feel either. I even massaged it a little myself because my soft belly was so intriguing to me.

Slowly everyone cleared out and it was just Mike and I with baby. I was so grateful. I was tired, still a little in shock, and wanted to process what had happened. I think the entire time I was in the hospital I was a little out of it and not fully realizing what had happened.

I'll write more on our first 24 hours with baby later because that was different and emotional.

For now we are enjoying Hudson so much. We both are obsessed with his cuteness and even argue sometimes on who gets to hold him ;)

We had a great delivery and labor was much easier than I had made it out to be in my head

We are happy.


My amazing friends and photographers were Emily & Kyla. They are both located in Northern Colorado but both travel. Emily is exclusively a wedding photographer an Kyla specializes in Boudoir and weddings.

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So teeny, so cute, so absolutely perfect.

So teeny, so cute, so absolutely perfect. 💙 

 

I can't believe I gave birth to the most perfect little boy 6 days ago. Labor technically started a whole week ago!

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Hudson is so chill and so easy. (Especially, now that I understand a breast-feeding schedule! 🙈) All I want to do all day is stare at his perfect little face. Sometimes I'm sad to swaddle him all up because then I can't see his cute fingers and toes.

It's amazing how much your love grows for someone every day. The bond that I feel with him is just getting stronger. One minute I'll be looking at him and feel so blessed that I start crying and I will admit that there has been those "I'm a bad mom" moments. I'm grateful they pass quickly and I can tell it's just hormones.

Even with my body healing and the lack of sleep this is by far easier than any day pregnant.  I am loving every second of his perfect existence. I didn't know I'd be so happy and excited so quickly. Happy Tuesday Friends. 

I have a baby! A real one. One I made.

Still in shock....  

We Finally Figured it Out...

We're pregnant.

Just a couple of videos to fully explain the thoughts and emotions that went through both of our heads as this whole process began.....  

the first one is minutes after I took the pregnancy test.  

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I'm pretty sure I took 4 more tests before I really believed what was going on...

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It all just happened so fast. We started "trying"/ not preventing pregnancy only 3 weeks prior. I'm beyond grateful how fertile I am but doesn't make it any less shocking!!!

This second one is me telling Michael! I didn't get nervous until I hit record and out the phone on top of the fridge.  

 

 

This is what is sitting on the counter when I tell Mike... I didn't say the words but I showed him.  

This is what is sitting on the counter when I tell Mike... I didn't say the words but I showed him.  

Soon as I took that first video in a daze and in shock I went to Target to see if I could find a cute way to tell Mike. I don't know how people wait and do something big, like a photo shoot, because there was no way I could've waited any longer than the six hours that I waited for him to get home. After I got the cute little booties, blanket and pacifiers I went ahead and made the little watercolor sign. I wanted something cute that he could read so I wouldn't have to talk.  I also wanted the date that I told him to be on there so that we couldn't forget.

Whole30

Whole30 journey... faves.

Well, that was rough but totally worth it.  

If you don't know what Whole30 is go here

***disclaimer please check for your self if some of this is approved. I did my best to check but I will admit I was unsure on some things!!  

Turkey meatballs, egg, jalenpeno, salt pepper, onion, garlic. baked.&nbsp;  Sweet potatoes 3 kinds, carrots, green onions, zucchini, red onions, salt, pepper, and garlic &nbsp;fried in avacado oil.&nbsp;

Turkey meatballs, egg, jalenpeno, salt pepper, onion, garlic. baked. 

Sweet potatoes 3 kinds, carrots, green onions, zucchini, red onions, salt, pepper, and garlic  fried in avacado oil. 

Turkey Spagetti, tomatoes, garlic, peppers, zucchini noodles, whole30 approved spagetti sauce, salt &amp; pepper.&nbsp;  Garlic green beans and garlic spinach both with salt and pepper.  

Turkey Spagetti, tomatoes, garlic, peppers, zucchini noodles, whole30 approved spagetti sauce, salt & pepper. 

Garlic green beans and garlic spinach both with salt and pepper.  

Eggs w/ turkey sausage made with Italian seasonings and fried set aside for multiple meals. Added peppers &amp;a onion and s&amp;p.    Side of avacado.  

Eggs w/ turkey sausage made with Italian seasonings and fried set aside for multiple meals. Added peppers &a onion and s&p.  

Side of avacado.  

Cauliflower rice, egg, peas, carrots, coconut aminos, jalapeños s&amp;p "fried rice"  

Cauliflower rice, egg, peas, carrots, coconut aminos, jalapeños s&p "fried rice"  

AppleGate sausage inside egg s&amp;p  

AppleGate sausage inside egg s&p  

Chia seed pudding!!!! Coconut milk, chia seeds, banana, mixed berries.  

Chia seed pudding!!!! Coconut milk, chia seeds, banana, mixed berries.  

AppleGate sausage, peppers, onions, egg and s&amp;p.    Garlic spinach, s&amp;p

AppleGate sausage, peppers, onions, egg and s&p.  

Garlic spinach, s&p

Fresh peaches and mango

Fresh peaches and mango

Tuna, avacado, red onion, tomato, jalapeño, green peppers, boiled egg. S&amp;P. &nbsp; 

Tuna, avacado, red onion, tomato, jalapeño, green peppers, boiled egg. S&P.   

Random tips I learned- 

• COFFEE black, brewed with cinnamon and nutmeg.

• Cashew milk is amazing and only slightly nutty. I hate almond milk!!!  

• Nutpods- ok, but definitely not good. Cashew milk was better.  

 • Lettuce bun hamburgers are easy and delicious! 

• Chia seed pudding and fresh fruit was the easiest fast filling food!  

• Costco was my best friend. 

• Costco had organic chicken stock that is amazing that made super easy fresh soups. And was amazing in mashed potatoes.  

 • I had fried eggs almost every day with avacado oil and jalapeños. 

 

 

 

Potato, onion, fried egg, jalepenos, avacado, s&amp;p

Potato, onion, fried egg, jalepenos, avacado, s&p

Chia seeds in apple juice and fresh peaches

Chia seeds in apple juice and fresh peaches

Peaches apple juice (not suppose to have smoothies but the peaches were going bad fast so blended them) 

Peaches apple juice (not suppose to have smoothies but the peaches were going bad fast so blended them) 

AppleGate sausage, egg, apples.  

AppleGate sausage, egg, apples.  

Homemade mango salsa, salmon, cauliflower rice with zucchini and squash.  

Homemade mango salsa, salmon, cauliflower rice with zucchini and squash.  

Sweet potatoes and chicken thighs cooked in chicken broth and green onions.  

Sweet potatoes and chicken thighs cooked in chicken broth and green onions.  

Tessamae bbq chicken (chicken was smoked on our smoker not sure if that's approved as a disclaimer) cauliflower rice and avacado.  

Tessamae bbq chicken (chicken was smoked on our smoker not sure if that's approved as a disclaimer) cauliflower rice and avacado.  

Tuna, avocado, yellow peppers, tomatoes, jalapeños.&nbsp;

Tuna, avocado, yellow peppers, tomatoes, jalapeños. 

Whole30 approved spagetti sauce, peppers tomatoes, onion with turkey. Zucchini noodles.  

Whole30 approved spagetti sauce, peppers tomatoes, onion with turkey. Zucchini noodles.  

Coconut milk, chia seeds and mango.  

Coconut milk, chia seeds and mango.  

Blue berries, coconut milk and chia seeds.  

Blue berries, coconut milk and chia seeds.  

Black coffee brewed with cinnamon and nutmeg. Eggs with jalapeños and fresh tomatoes.  

Black coffee brewed with cinnamon and nutmeg. Eggs with jalapeños and fresh tomatoes.  

Turkey meatballs same as above. White sweet potato hash. Roasted carrots.  

Turkey meatballs same as above. White sweet potato hash. Roasted carrots.  

Coconut milk, bananas, strawberries, chia seeds.  

Coconut milk, bananas, strawberries, chia seeds.  

Organic teas helped curve cravings.  

Organic teas helped curve cravings.  

Monday Musing • Dear Clients & Friends...

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I've been thinking a lot lately about the gift God gave me. I have been blessed with this talent and Now understand how precious it is to me. I know that I will continue to develop it AND in looking back over the last year it's very intriguing to reflect on.  

This time last year I moved to Colorado with hopes of an amazing new job and bright things on the horizon. However, it definitely wasn't that. I don't want to dwell on it to explain but to say the least this year has definitely been one of growth.  

I have learned a lot about who I am some of which I am happy about and some of which I am happy I have the ability to change. I learned how I deal with pressure and how much I can deal with before I just crumble.  

Ive never been through such intense, uncomfortable and enlightening experiences.  

In May when I realized it was time for a change. I found myself excited but nervous to go back to doing photography. I knew I loved it and could do it well since it was something I had been doing for years.  

I had been told from my job that I had been at that it was either all in or nothing. Meaning I could not allow photography to distract me from the position they wanted me in. Since they were paying me a significant amount of $$$ I figured-- "well, I do like money" And when I stopped photography my mindset was that it was tedious.  

That right there has changed more than I ever imagined. 

I now have a renewed absolute LOVE for what I am doing.  I eliminated all the things that were tedious and decided to focus on the things that brought me true joy.  

The people.  

The memories.  

The pieces of my art that now hang in the homes of the families I get to meet.  

It's such a blessing to get to know the people I am meeting or getting to see year after year. By increasing my customer interaction and customer service I actually enjoy my work even more! I'm so happy that I am literally waiting for my next shoot with excitement. I want to bust it out quick just to see or hear their adorable reactions! 

It's my own little version of the feeling you get when watching one of those really good romantic comedies.... I laugh, cry, smile and then get that warm fuzzy feeling like a happy ending. 

So, thank you my amazing clients and friends  for allowing me to be part of your journey in this life. Thank you for letting me document even just a piece of your happiness. You have made my life truly rich.

Xoxo, 

deb  

 

 

My Birthday

Today was my Birthday!  

I am back dating this post to remember how amazing it was this year!

i am beyond grateful for my amazing husband. 

This past week we went to St. George, Vegas and then home to move into our new apartment. In St. George Mike had To Play army man. he is in the Utah National Guard (he is hoping to switch soon so that we don't have a 10 Hour Drive every month) while there I got to shoot engagements fOr his best friend. I got to see so many people that I have been missing from St George. In looking back I definitely had some wonderful relationships that I didn't take full advantage of. It makes me excited to build that kind of amazing relationships here in Colorado. I can't wait till I have a group of girlfriends that get together all the time to talk about life like I do in St. George.

once Mike was done with his army stuff we headed to Las Vegas for my big sisters wedding. It was so much fun beyond anything that I had expected. I knew that they liked each other nine obviously knew they loved each other since they were getting married. But to see them so in loveat their ceremony I can wish for better for my big sister. Plus I am so excited to have Matt in the family.... Mainly because his sisters are awesome! It makes me want to go to North Dakota right now just to see all of Michelle's new family! (And of course Michelle)

on the way home I got to do some amazing pictures from amazing family. They live on a mini farm and have a orchard in their backyard. The pictures are gorgeous but you're just gonna have to trust me on this… They keep their kids in their life out of social media and the public eye. It makes me wonder what I'll be like when I have kids… 

on the morning of my birthday we had just finished putting away everything from the move the night before. Are gorgeous new apartment was all clean and I walked upstairs and the first thing that I heard was my amazing or meet Brenda belting out happy birthday in that gorgeous voice of hers. Mike when our couch with my brother Eric from storage because you can't have a party without places for everybody to sit. He brought home breakfast and then I started cooking for the nights festivities.

I made bacon jalapeño dip. Pumpkin jalapeño dip. Pumpkin cream cheese dessert dip. Candy corn Carmel corn. Barbecue meatballs. Garlic bread. And some other minor things! It was fun! I definitely have missed having a place to entertain. And the time to be able to do it.   

Mike went off to run some "errands".... He came home with a sparkly new duffel bag, some Victoria's Secret updates and some really comfy pajamas. all things that he knew that I not only really wanted But totally needed. And then he told me there's a really big surprise coming for anniversary! I can't wait!

One of my very favorite people Stephanie Clayburn called me and we chatted for quite a while. I always love talking to her because she helps me realize the bigger picture and be open to always being the kindest person I know how to be. She knows who I am at my core and she holds me to that standard. I love that & her!!  

we started off the day by watching The Addams family, Sleepyhollow, and Hotel Transylvania. Then we switch it up and started singing karaoke... That was a hoot. But my favorite part of the entire day was when Mike turned on amazed by lone star held out his hand so he could dance with me and softly saying the entire song in my ear is he cuddled me. There was plenty of laughing, jokes, and people just having a really good time. It was absolutely amazing.

i hope your Halloween was just as fun as mine!  

Xoxo,  

deb

 

COLORADO PHOTOGRAPHER

Well, it's time. I have been missing photography so much over the last couple of months!

I love doing Life Coaching and the company I have been working for but I felt like a piece of me was missing NOT doing photography. It is an outlet. It allows me to create memories for me and for others. Each session I have done represents a time in my life. I remember the prep time, the session, and then the hours of editing and what was going on during that time. It's cray because through documenting memories for others I have memories of my own. Every session that I did holds  place in my heart.

I love photography and I always will.

Passions never truly die.

And mine is back on fire....

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Sushi | Dinner with the Fam

Documenting this awesome blonde hair! It is really big and poofy and half done but I seriously think it makes me look so different!

I got to hang out with 3 siblings in one night!  (Aleea, Eric, & Jordan. Billy, Jake, Mike and Maddie came too!) I am loving having family closer out here in Colorado. Back in Saint George it was 10 hours to the closest family member and I did not enjoy that part of it.

We ended up going to sushi in Loveland. They bring out these big boats and put the sushi on them. It's so FUN! and it's sushi so obviously we had a great time!

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Seeing Your Value.

Your value does not decrease based on someone's inability to see your worth.    

The other day I saw this quote on Pinterest and I couldn't stop writing and over and over. It hit me so hard because I have been basing my value off of what other people were thinking of me. I know I know better. It was an amazing wake up call. 

I'm so grateful to have so many wonderful people in my life Who see the real me.  

I feel like this was God's little reminder to me to start valuing myself the way that He sees me. The worst part was is I don't even know how the people that I was thinking about ACTUALLY see me. I was making an assumption on how they were viewing me. It helped me realize that I was judging myself before they ever even got a chance.

Judgement in any form brings you down. And this quote really showed me that I'm ready to let go of all judgments whatever they may be.  

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I Love Great Danes.

I LOVE MY DOG!

I don't even know how t o express how much I love having animals. We love Apollo and He loves us. When Mike is away he makes me feel so comforted. When we are just hanging out he snuggles up to our feet and sighs real big until we pet him. And as you can tell from the picture he obviously is a great snuggler and he can tackle you really good.

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