I am a 30-something year old wife + mama of two (well, three if you count our 100lb Bernedoodle, Duke). I’ve been with my hunk of a mountain man (Willie) for almost half of my life... literally, 15 years. Our babies Marley (5) and Bronson (3) aren’t really babies anymore and it is something that I will always struggle coming to terms with. The ways to my heart are simple and are often in the forms of bread, pasta, and ice cream, but I also accept house plants, good company, and cuddles on the couch. As much as I hate to say it… my husband (Willie) will always be way cooler than me. He grows apples, tends to our land, and makes cider for a living.
Our goal has always been to be self-sufficient and give our kids a much quieter, slower, simple life than what we had, so naturally we bought a run down 1920’s farmhouse 2 years ago and are slowly (v slowly) turning it into our dream home. It’s not our forever, but it’s been equally hard and fun learning and doing things ourselves. At our current pace, we hope to have it completed by 2033 (not joking haha).
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Photography was never part of my plan (not plan B, C or D). I was supposed to be an Occupational Therapist - that was my major. I studied hard, made good grades, got halfway through clinical rotations and in 2013, I cold turkey stepped away. My parents were less than enthused, but I assured them I would figure it out. I took a few years off working different jobs. I got engaged, married, moved to the west coast, and found out we were expecting.
I remember it like it was yesterday... my very first Mother's Day (2017) Willie surprised me with a DSLR camera. I had no idea what the hell I was doing with this thing, but I enjoyed it. Friends and family quickly took notice and people began asking me to take photos for them. I was hesitant in the beginning, but could never bring myself to say no.
It's funny looking back, watching how God's plan for my life continues to unfold. Never in a million years did I think a dinky, little camera could give me so much purpose, but it has. The people I've met, the friendships I've formed, the lives I've touched - it is truly incredible. He is forever faithful and I will always be a testament to that.