Ericka and her sweet newborn daughter, Marni. 💗
Sometimes when I get overwhelmed (like the week before school is out in May, when every performance, test, project, paper, award ceremony, picnic and field day seems to come all at once!), it's good to be reminded of what really matters. ☀️
I've been a little frazzled and impatient with my boys as we've all been trying to finish out the year and get everything done in time, and I've also been emotional and nostalgic as I'm realizing my older son will be going to high school next year, and my youngest son is leaving elementary school to start middle school.
As someone who has treasured all the stages, this is a hard one. 😢💗
When I started to edit Ericka's in-home newborn session this afternoon and came across this quiet image of her nuzzling her baby girl, it just made me pause and reflect. ✨
New mamas, new brides, and brides-to-be (or not-so-new mamas like me 😊) enjoy the moment and stage of life you're in right now, because while life may seem a little chaotic, I promise you’ll look back and realize it’s more beautiful and precious and fleeting than you know. ✨✨
P.S. Ericka has four children, including little Marni. She makes it look easy, am I right 🙌 Double tap if you agree! 😊
Friends, I've been away from social media for awhile because my beautiful, full-of-life mother-in-law died suddenly one week ago today, and we've been finding our bearings. 💗😞
When it comes to my mother-in-law, Dianna Denton, I won the jackpot. She was a drama teacher for more than 30 years in a small Arkansas town, where she touched and changed thousands of young lives.
You know how difficult high school can be Well she was that teacher who had the open door and the welcoming spirit for those who needed acceptance for exactly who they were. She was the best kind of person - kind, genuine and funny, with a knack for knowing what each person needed to hear. ✨
She raised my husband and his brother as a single mom on a teacher's salary, and she worked odd jobs in the summertime to make ends meet. She was a tough lady but also a Southern belle, a former Miss Arkansas contestant in the '60s with a heart of gold (she won Miss Congeniality), and had friends of all ages from all walks of life. 💗
She always wore pink, and had a big blond poof of hair, an ankle bracelet and a toe ring. 😊
As a grandma (or Nonnie, as we called her), she was warm and present, always up for any adventure - making castles in the sand, going out for ice cream, playing board games or swimming in the pool with her grandsons. ☀️
We spent one week with her every summer at the beach for 10 years, and we will treasure those memories forever. 🌊
What I learned from Nonnie is that time spent together matters. And in the end, it's really the only thing that matters. 🌸
Friends, my challenge to you is this: Hug your moms and dads, and your mother-in-laws and father-in-laws, your friends and whoever you love today, because you never know how long we will have them. If you can't hug them, call them on the phone or send them a card, or both, and let them know how much they mean to you.
Put your phone away for awhile and be present in conversations. Make time.
I'll be over here doing the same. ✌🏽