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I love to travel. If you follow me on social media, this is not a surprise at all. In fact, I am writing this post from an airplane on the way to Carmel, California for a couple SGP travel sessions. I am so excited to be traveling to a new place. I am thrilled to be getting out of the Texas heat for a bit. I cannot wait to photograph sessions in a new place. And I am tickled that my six-year old son is tagging along. We have big plans for this trip. BIG PLANS. In fact my mind is basically racing with all the things I want to do and see with my son. And how I want to make this a super magical experience for him. 

This particular family loves to travel too. I follow them on social media and am always a tad green with envy watching their travel stories unfold. Not to mention the fact that they are annoyingly beautiful and have three of the cutest boys you have ever seen. Oh, and on top of everything else, they are crazy nice. Basically, I totally admire them. 

Traveling with my own kids is hard. And two of mine are significantly older than their children. Traveling with little people is not for the faint of heart. Especially when they are preschool and under. The diapers, the carseats and baby carriers. The nap times and favorite toys. And the need to constantly keep your eyes on them and keep them safe. It takes a lot of patience. It takes a lot of preparation. It takes a lot of wine too:)

Don’t let me fool you into thinking that I have painted this horrible picture of traveling with children. The thing about traveling with kids is how amazing it is. You definitely don’t get any rest. You will absolutely always come home completely exhausted and feel like you have been beat up. It takes everything out of you. But seeing the world through your kids eyes is priceless. No matter how old they are.

I remember thinking that when we took our two oldest children to China four years ago. At the time, they were five and two. The two year old had never even been on an airplane before we hopped on the 17 hour flight to Japan. We were totally crazy. I spent weeks preparing. It was all consuming. I was afraid that they wouldn’t remember it and that the time and effort would be wasted.

Then I realized that the trip was for our family. Not just the kids. Sure, it was amazing to see the world through their eyes. And yes I love to travel and am ready to go anywhere, anytime. But the trip was for us as a whole. Parents enjoying their children in new locations and experiences. Children exploring and asking questions. Learning how to live out of suitcases, try new foods and get out of the habits and structure of home. Traveling as a family is about the memories you are making. The good ones, the bad ones and definitely the hilarious ones. Because traveling with kids provides a lot of entertainment. 

When I need a restful break, I will check in to a hotel and spa alone. Or maybe fly off to an exotic island with my husband. With my kids, we are after adventure and memory making. I aim to fill their buckets up with so many amazing memories that will go with them for the rest of their lives. 

If you are interested in more information about a family session or travel session with me, I would love to chat. You can reach me through the contact link. And make sure to sign up for my newsletter to stay on top of session updates and new travel location announcements.

 

This family and this story are so extremely beautiful. It is a story about loss and redemption in the biggest and most perfect way that only God himself could have written. I still get goosebumps when I think about how it all unfolded. It isn’t my story to tell but just know that their story makes this amazing session all that more perfect. There was so much love and emotion and energy bundled up in the couple hours that we spent together. It was truly magical.

Now, lets talk logistics… There are THREE newborns here. Triplets are no joke. I have photographed my fair share of twins but this was a first. And quite honestly I was equal parts excited and terrified.

After a few setbacks and reschedules, the day of the session finally arrived. About 5 seconds in their home and I was instantly at ease and knew that this session was going to be nothing short of perfection. With triplets, as you can imagine, someone always needed something. Mom and Dad were total troopers and laughed a lot. Which I loved. And honestly, what else can you do? Having three babies is pretty comical at times.

As the session progressed I just kept thinking what a privilege it was to capture the early days of this miraculous story. Watching the chaos and the laughter and the emotion unfold was so real and so beautiful. I kept giggling and telling the parents that while things might have seemed a little wild at times, this was going to be the easiest photo session they ever had with these three babies…I mean, can you imagine a 1-year session with triplets running in opposite directions?!?!?

If you are interested in a lifestyle newborn session with me, I would love to hear from you. Shoot me an email through the contact form here.

I haven’t blogged in forever. I know, I say that a lot. And I do vow to get better. In fact, I finally hired a new assistant to help me take over administrative tasks so that I can spend more time on the blog and other fun projects that are always neglected. But, more on that later:)

I have had something on my heart for a while and just wanted to put it out there. This applies to us in so many ways- whether you are a business women, a working mom, a stay-at-home mom, a photographer, a blogger or a newlywed. This applies to you wherever you are, so listen up:)

Stop looking around at what everyone else is doing and just keep doing your thing. Comparison is the worst enemy and he has crept into every facet of everything we do. I know I am absolutely guilty of this so I am speaking to myself as much as I am to you, mama.

I was having my (almost) daily quiet time yesterday and there was a quote on comparison that really stood out to me and I just knew I had to share it.

“We live in an increasingly competitive culture, so comparisons come easily and seemed to be encouraged. Our sin tempts us to take our eyes off of Jesus and look at those around us. We compare our mothering, our kids, our homes, the books we read, our spiritual journey, and a host of checklists we create. Peel back the mask, and what you will often find is that the true face of comparison is either a heart of fear or a heart of pride. Maybe even both. ” From Pressing Pause by Karen Ehman and Ruth Schlenk.

Y’all. That is good stuff. And it stings a bit doesn’t it? I know it stopped me in my tracks. And I can totally see how my comparisons are a heart of fear AND a heart of pride. I am definitely in that “both” category. That being said, I know when I am doing it. And I have gotten so much better about stopping myself. Sure, it takes discipline to hop off facebook/pinterest/instagram/insert-your-guilty-pleasure-here but it is worth it EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

So, here is the deal. Why are we comparing ourselves to one another so much? I mean, besides the amazing perspective from Pressing Pause… We do it because it is everywhere and it is SO HARD to look away. It is hard to peel our eyes off that stunning momma who always looks put together and in control. It is hard to stop staring at image after image in a super talented artists social media feed. It is darn near impossible not to compare Jane Smith’s amazing month-long vacation with her husband with your own one-night staycation.

Social media and the internet are AMAZING. I love them. I really do. After all, it is largely in thanks to them that I have a thriving business and get to keep up with so many friends and family members around the world. Google is the greatest and I spend some time on Amazon almost daily. Our lives really do rely on this stuff these days. But it doesn’t mean we can’t try to minimize all the comparing that is going on.

We waste so much time and energy comparing ourselves to others. Let’s put all the wasted time and energy we use feeling down on ourselves to good use. Imagine if you could save just half of it to use on reading a book, going for a run, meeting a friend for lunch or playing a game with your kids. Those are all much more positive uses of our time. And honestly, they all feed your soul. In a positive way. Instead of the negative time suck that comparison has on us.

Am I suggesting that you shut down your Facebook account and pull back from all things social media? Um, no. I certainly won’t be. What I am suggesting is dial it down a notch. Unfollow friends or business that leave you with negative feelings all the time. Maybe take the apps off your phone so that they aren’t “always” available. Set up 1-2 times a day that you are “allowed” to look online and then steer clear the rest of the day.

I know how comparison makes me feel. And I don’t like it. At the beginning of this year I vowed to change it. I took Facebook off my phone and I stay off Instagram except for a couple set times a day. I also unfollowed a LOT of people. Not because I don’t admire them in one way or another, but because I just couldn’t keep beating myself up over what they had/did/saw that I didn’t. Not only has this saved me HOURS of time that I now use to do other stuff, it has also saved me a lot of grief.

In the end, I am me. There is no other me. I am a unique combination of things that no one else is. There is no other person on this planet that blends mom-photographer-wife-tea lover- tcu alum-jesus follower-type A- loves to travel- comes from divorced parents- etc etc etc etc like I do. EVERYTHING about me, makes me unique. So, why the heck do I constantly compare myself to others to see how I am measuring up when they aren’t me. It doesn’t make sense really. It is quite literally comparing apples to oranges. You have your story and I have mine. Both are right and special and wonderful no matter how different they are.

So, my friends, if you are still reading this, please stop getting down on yourself. Stop looking around. Stop the comparisons. You are on a journey. I am on a journey. We can coexist. We should coexist. I am going to continue marching along on my own path and I hope that you will do the same. Comparison only hurts us. So, let’s try to do less comparing and more connecting.

Much love friends.

 

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