Today I just want to simply share messages that we should be living by every day.
*Also, if you would be so kind to say a quick prayer my grandmother will be undergoing surgery today*
Happy First Birthday to Madi!! I am SO excited that I got to spend a few hours with these two girls on Saturday! You may remember them from back in October when they had a family session on an adorable farm : ) This past week Madi turned one so on Saturday we headed out to the lake around the corner from their house and then set a cake in front of Madi to eat as she pleased! Reilly jumped in for a few as well!
I sat on the beach today and closed my eyes. The wind blew recklessly, blowing my hair in all directions. I took a deep breath and held it in… then slowly let it out like a wisher from my lips. I felt the brief moments of sun on my face as it soaked into my skin. I slipped my shoes off and dug my feet into the sand. I could smell the salt water and almost touch summer. I opened my eyes, water glistening in front of me, I found a shell in the sand and moved it in circular motion next to me. I squinted, even through my sunglasses at the scene in front of me, wondering how we get to a point in our lives where we don’t understand ourselves. How can we be so on target and then wake up the next day falling off a cliff?
It was windy, I should have brought a jacket but the fact that I didn’t seemed to fit right in. I got in the car this morning and drove until I got to the beach. Then I sat on the beach today by myself trying to remember how to breath. Trying to focus on something, anything that would make me feel better. Until I remembered that I can make myself feel better. I am the keeper of my own happiness. We all have hard days and we all struggle sometimes but that’s when we need to stop.. and breath…
and enjoy a few hours on the beach soaking up the sun : )
*Don’t mind the iPhoneography*
Meet the C family! They stuck it out through the chill in the morning air on Saturday and we got some great shots! They were just the cutest family ever and I enjoyed every minute of their session!! Check out some of my favorites : )
Meet Giana! Giana is Vinny’s new little sister! I have now been photographing this family since Vinny was born over a year ago and I am so grateful I get to watch them grow. It’s SUCH a compliment to a photographer when we get to photograph client’s special moments in life : ) Oh and just as a heads up this is going to be a long post since I couldn’t decide on my favorites!!
This past Friday was Shae’s sweet 16 party! Complete with candy bar and disco ball! After a sit down dinner Shae and her friends danced the night away!
Venue: The Links Golf Club
Photography: Bella Life Photography
I’m starting this month off right. I’m retraining my brain. I’m CHOOSING to be happy. We hear so many times that we’re only given one life to live and we take that with a grain of salt and throw it over our shoulder. Instead we should be hearing the actual severity of that statement and bringing it to light. We really do only have ONE life to live. to live. those two words are so incredibly important.
It is one thing to exist in life but it is another to live it. How we look at things, how we respond to things. How we hear and believe things makes all the difference.
Who we are and who we become is up to us. We get to make that call. We get to choose that path. We get to write that story. How it begins may not have been our choice but where it goes from here we get to determine all for ourselves.
Be grateful for what you have. Be consistently happy with where you’re going. Strive to make yourself better every day.
And guess what? One day you’ll wake up so happy, you’ll forget how to feel any other way.
There are days I finally feel comfortable in my surroundings. There are moments I think everything has finally fallen into place. And there are seconds when anger sets in only to be replaced momentarily with a threatening brim of water in my eyes.
I am tired. Tired of broken promises, tired of replaced plans, tired of being left in the dust. And so you say, do something about it! So I do, and again I face those broken promises, replaced plans and a ball of dust in my face.
Maybe I’m the common factor in this equation? I really thought I was doing better. I really thought I was facing my struggles. I really thought I had friends who cared.
But tonight I faced those same broken promises, replaced plans and a ball of dust in my face. I struggled with momentary anger followed by a threatening brim of water in my eyes, and I wondered, why am I not good enough? What does everyone else have that I don’t?
And this feeling of utter loneliness crept in and decided to stay the night. And if I’m lucky it will leave in the morning. There are no promises though, and if there were I probably wouldn’t believe them anyway.
So I ask myself again, why am I not good enough? What does everyone else have that I don’t? Is my heart only made for breaking?
If you find the answers be a dear and pass them along. I’ll be waiting.
Thank the good lord it’s Friday! For some Friday fun I’m posting a few things from my “All things fun” board on pinterest! To see the full board click here!
For all of us on the east coast who are dying for SUMMER, who doesn’t want a pool like this in their backyard??
How ridiculous is it that I am completely smitten with the idea of a bookshelf staircase?! Come on people!
Happy Friday! Have a fabulous weekend friends : )
Two weekends ago J and I shot the American Girl Fashion Show with The Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey!! This was my third time shooting the show and each year gets better and better!! It is such a great cause and the girls have so much fun! Find out more information about the Ronald House of SJ here