Thankfulness…{& Sneak Peeks}

One of my favorite things about tucking our kids into bed at night, is getting to pray with them…..our kids have grown quite accustomed to it, and occasionally mommy gets into trouble if I “forget something”. While we dont always pray for the exact same thing every night…now and again I will finish the prayer, kiss their foreheads and walk out of the room…just to hear one of them say “MOMMY! YOU FORGOT TO SAY HOPE THAT I HAVE SWEET DREAMS!” This usually comes from Hayden, since he explains the reason he comes into our bed EVERY single night is because of “the dark…and bad dreams”…but Kyla on the other hand…tends to let me know every time I accidentally forget to say “THANK YOU FOR OUR BLESSINGS”…its like she is waiting for it in her prayer, like its her favorite line from a Justin Bieber song or something. I think it is so cute that she hangs on every word of that….and she should…because God has given us so many beautiful big things, and in small. I am totally guilty of sometimes rushing through life…and forgetting to stop, and be thankful for everything we have. I love the quote, “What would you do if you woke up today, with only the things you thanked God for yesterday”…..

This year..I am thankful for SO many things…but the word that keeps coming to my mind that is stitched to the very fabric of every area in my life is..PATIENCE. I am thankful for Patience. I am thankful that my husband is patient with me when I get so “tunnel visioned” with work and projects that I forget to tell him I love him as much as he deserves to hear it….I’m thankful for my kids who are patient with me when I tell them to wait a few minutes longer to read a book, because I am on the phone… Im thankful to my family and friends who are patient with me, when they have to call me 2 or 3 times before I call them back…because Im in “hibernation” mode trying to plow through editing and emails…I’m thankful to my Lord and Savior for being patient with me…as I am so prone to have a wandering heart…to find other things to fill my time, than to spend a few minutes reading my devotional book, or spending a moment to pray….& the last….I’m thankful for our amazing clients who have been SO PATIENT with us in our busy season. We have been so blessed these last 2 years with such growth in our photography business…but with that, comes growing pains…new expectations…more expectations…more work…less sleep. We are continually learning the balance between work life, and home life…and how to do the best jobs we can in both roles. Its humbling to wake up and realize you ย are not superwoman….and that being everything to everyone is really….hard and overwhelming at times. Im so thankful for everyone who has helped give me encouragement to power through those moments when I am feeling I dont have the energy to finish everything on my plate. We are so incredibly blessed for each and every person who has helped support our business..whether it is an encouraging email from an aspiring photographer in Canada..a mother of bride leaving a kind comment on our blog….or one of our darling brides who waits that extra bit of time for her wedding photos. We are so grateful, so immensely THANKFUL for your patience and love for us…

I wanted to post a few “Sneek Peeks” of some of the weddings and sessions we have not been able to blog yet, since we are feverishly trying to edit as many weddings we can before Christmas time…Hope you enjoy them! Happy Thanksgiving!


Malia - November 24, 2011 - 10:02 pm

Happy Thanksgiving, lovely! My oh my, you’ve been busy! Beautiful as always ๐Ÿ˜‰ xo!

Angelica - November 29, 2011 - 7:25 pm

Thanks for posting these Ashley! I know you must be SO busy these days with the season coming to an end. I hope you are able to take some time to just relax and enjoy the holiday season with your precious family!

When I brought my dress to the cleaners I was proud to show them how dirty I had gotten it lol (anything for a great picture) ๐Ÿ™‚


jasmine - November 30, 2011 - 2:47 am

Oh you and your teasers Ash! This all gets me so excited for all the new stuff coming up!

Erica - December 2, 2011 - 5:56 pm

That was beautiful, Ashley! Thank you.

Julia - December 2, 2011 - 8:48 pm

Wow!!! Ashley!!! AMAZINGGG as always!!!! So excited to see all you have been working on! Woot

Jenn Gentrup - December 5, 2011 - 5:07 pm

Oh Ashley, love the sneak peek!! They’re all so fun! So excited to see the rest!

Jesse - December 5, 2011 - 10:48 pm

All of these are beautiful. Sooooo beautiful. Can’t wait to work with you again! You guys are the best!

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