Happy Fathers day to my favorite boot wearing, black haired, policeman, hard working, joke telling, brown eyed Dad!
That's the type of thing we grew up hearing from him. "You're my favorite red headed, blue shirt wearing, in this house right now, sitting to my left, middle child." Or something like that, but better. He has many many things like that which make him, him. No one else does or says the things he does and says. He's so weird and unique and complicated.
He has the best jokes and the coolest ways of saying things. He really should write more, because he says normal things in fascinating ways and he's brilliant.
I definitely lucked out with him, he taught me so many things, I cannot list them all.
He was the yin to my Mom's yang, even in divorce, and that made us great kids. He's the calm in our storms, ALWAYS. We know we can count on him to be our calm and to be level headed when we all (three daughters and his ex wife) are at each others throats or at someone else's. He's the calm in the storm, and for that I cannot thank him enough. He helped shape us into the amazing humans we are today.
I love you Dad, you're my favorite and I can't thank God enough for making you mine! 💜😘
Thhhhiiiiisssss. You are a tree. I am a tree. Appreciate yourself the way you are. You are beautiful and amazing. Don't let anyone judge you for being your type of tree. #YouAreATree#BeYourTree#SelfLove#LoveYourLines#LoveYourself#LoveYourBody
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""When you go out into the woods and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. Some of them are bent and some of them are straight, some of them are evergreen, and some of them are whatever. You look at the tree and you allow it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn't get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don't get all emotional about it, you just allow it. You appreciate the tree. The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. You're constantly saying, 'you're too this or I'm too this.' That judging mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are." -Ram Dass" http://buff.ly/2seQ9df
This weeks post about the craziest Mother's Day ever had me laughing and crying while I wrote it. I am so thankful for these people in my life. My Mom has shaped me into the badass I am today. She has always made sure to empower me as a woman. She made sure we girls were independent and didn't need anyone but ourselves. For that I am beyond thankful. She taught me to never except less than I deserve and to fight for what I believe!
My MIL is basically my second Mom. I love her, she's amazing and I love getting to just sit and chat with her or go on walks with her. She trusts and loves me like I was her own. She has helped to continue to shape me as an amazing and strong woman. She is someone to lean on for understanding of my husband 😉😘
And this boy, he has his masters degree now. We are finally done with school, for now. We are free for now. I don't know what that'll be like. For our whole marriage he's been so busy during the school year between teaching, reading, and writing that I just expected to be the maim homemaker. And that was fine! But now I have another person full time. Wah?!
I love you babe. I can't wait for this new chapter! This adventure has been amazing and will continue to be.
5 years. 💜
Read all about our crazy Mother's Day and graduation celebration on the blog!
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"Trey's face when he looks at my grandparents makes me want to cry forever. He melts my heart. It's already the best day in the world and there's still more to come.
Back at the house, my husband is still the silent leader and the man who is always serving, but this time alongside his Momma who is the one he got the servant trait from. They are both cooking dinner (linner, lunner? It was like 4, that's not really dinner and not really lunch.) Stephen walks in and holds up a pack of #HighLife , a #beer of choice for my husband, and they both cheer or something adorable."⠀
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"After the ceremony we got to meet the graduates outside the #CenturylinkCenter in Bossier. This means I run the half mile back to my car, in heels, to get my camera before everyone melts in the Louisiana heat. Now, as we are taking photos, the freaking chancellor of #LSUS walks up and just says “don't forget me, let's get the bling in the photo” like this is the most normal thing in the world. Nbd dude, nbd."⠀
Read the full story over on the blog.⠀
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This week we've been visiting family in Colorado and I swear it's been magical.
Our many yearly trips to #Colorado aren't technically vacations, they are time spent loving people that live 14 hours away, give or take.
And loving them, it fills my soul.
But also, a change in routine this big is always good for me. I'm not sure Trey benefits in the same way, but sometimes I get really amazing clarity on these trips, sometimes I've been so stressed that at some point along the drive here, I just burst into tears and cry for a long time, sometimes I just feel like a weight has been lifted and I can breathe again, and the list goes on.
But this trip, oh this trip. I've been in such a major blogging funk lately, no words I wrote or ideas I've had felt good enough. And this trip cured that right up!
I've been spending time writing at #PalmerPark , my new happy place here. I've written two incredible blog posts, I've got a third one in the works, maybe a fourth, and I learned something else about myself which will help me be a better photographer and woman all around. I'll be sharing about this in one of those said blog posts, but it'll be a month or so before that story joins the blog. But I am so excited to share it with you!
You ladies keep me going and make this job and life what it is. You inspire me to be better and do better. So keep being amazing and thank you 😘💜✌
There's still time to join the happiness course, #Dreamport ! Last time it will be offered this year! Live the rest of your year - and life - with intention!
From @marythomacreative: "What made me decide to take the AOL Happiness Course?
I’ve been meditating most of my adult life but my practice wasn’t consistent. I knew the benefits of meditation but just like falling off of a healthy meal plan, or not going to the gym for awhile, I fall in and out of my meditation practice. I had never studied with anyone and all I’d learned was through reading and the practice itself. I was interested in developing a consistent practice as well as learning from a teacher with friends from the community. Jaya and Jacob raved about the course and if their energy was any testament to its effectiveness then I thought it worth giving it a try.
SInce taking the course in January, I have followed the breathing and meditation practice I learned that weekend every single day without fail! The breath work and meditation can be done in 20-30 minutes, although I sometimes take longer because I’m in such a happy place! I felt immediate shifts during our weekend together and the practice just continues to deepen the longer you do it. I find myself much calmer, focused, lighter in mood and smiling more frequently. Irritations and upset do not stick around for long. You gain a perspective that helps you release what doesn’t belong to you and helps you release taking things personally. It helps me feel nourished, connected and whole. It is a truly beautiful addition to your existing spiritual practice, regardless of your religion or beliefs. I’ll be there in June to take the course again. I hope you’ll consider joining us!" LISTEN TO THE WOMAN
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