Happy Mother’s Day 💙 I’m still in awe that our little guy is finally HERE! blessed feels like an understatement to be a mama to this sweet little boy and to be building a family alongside such an incredible man. My heart is full and I am so excited to celebrate the first of many Mother’s Days 🥰 Cheers to all you mamas, grandmas, god mamas, and mama-like figures out there who spread love everywhere you go.
Oh baby 💕 tomorrow is baby Nelson’s due date and I’m still unsure how time flies by so fast?! ⠀ ⏰ ⠀ It’s been a beautiful transformation in marriage to “become one” as husband and wife. Our psychology professor always said relationships are constantly about becoming less “me” and more “we” every day. ⠀ 🤰⠀ Preparing for this baby has made that all the more real. In just a few days we will be snuggling a newborn who has parts of each of us in their one little body.⠀ ✨⠀ We’ve been praying that this little one carries on our greatest traits and shines in the unique gifts they have to share with the world. ⠀ 💪⠀ We are praying that this baby grows up to be strong. Strong in their faith, in standing up for their convictions, in their relationships, and in facing the trials of this world.⠀ ❤️⠀ We are praying that this baby knows they are unconditionally loved by us and by God.⠀ 💭⠀ We are praying that this baby grows in wisdom and compassion that is always rooted in Truth.⠀ 😂⠀ We are praying that this baby never loses their sense of laughter and joy. Always leaving a place or a person in better spirits than when they arrived.⠀ 💬⠀ And so much more than what I can fit in this caption. But we pray too this little one sees in us how much hope and excitement we have for their arrival and how much trust we have in God to help us be the parents He is entrusting us to be.
Pro tip for the bride-to-be: Looking for wedding shoes? I found the best times of year to do wedding shoe shopping was right around Easter time when white and ivory make their comeback on the shelves. If you are looking for a fancier color or style that seem juuuuuust out your price range you can likely snag the after-holiday sales between now, Memorial Day, and Fourth of July.⠀ ⠀ What are some of your other wedding shopping tips?!
Love is in the air and so is that sunshine we’ve desperately missed all winter! It’s getting us so pumped for the wedding season ahead 🥰 What are you most excited for with this summer weather in sight?
Life changed forever when Ben joined me on wedding days. Instead of spending long hours apart on the weekends, we spend them side by side on what essentially feels like a double date with the bride and groom. ⠀ 📸 ⠀ It not only made it easier to serve our sweet couples by having photographers in two places at once on their wedding day, but it also made our own relationship stronger too. At each wedding we get to relive all of those initial newlywed feelings all over again, remembering the joy and anticipation ahead. We also get to soak in the understanding of how that love really does grow deeper through the years. I can still confidently say: 10 out of 10 would recommend. The joys, the challenges, the adventures, the unexpected...it’s absolutely all worth it.⠀ 👏⠀ Thank you to all of the couples who invite us in to capture the intimate moments of their relationship and allow us to celebrate their journey to husband and wife by their side!
Not emotionally ready to bring out the winter jackets again with this Minnesota weather in the forecast, but at least if it’s chilly that means more excuses to cuddle your sweetie! Now, THAT we can get behind!
He didn’t just give me the final rose, he gave me the whole bouquet 🌹and life’s been just as sweet ever since! ⠀ ⠀ The one thing we have in common with the #Bachelor is that we got to know one another across the globe at an exotic location like Rome, Italy. But from there it’s a totally different scenario. At the time we were each only seeking a relationship with Christ. It wasn’t until a year later that we “found” romantic love growing on our foundation of friendship.⠀ ⠀ But no matter how “grand” friendships and relationships start out - on tv or in real life - love is ultimately a choice. It’s a daily choice to live out your vows, to honor your spouse, and to help one another become who they were made to be. ⠀ ⠀ I’ve always viewed it as a huge honor that I get to be the one to remind Ben every day that he is seen, he is known, and he is loved.⠀ ⠀ Make it a goal this week to show your “person” whether married or not that they are seen, known, and loved by you.
❄️ I totally understand why Olaf sings about summer in the thick of Elsa’s winter. We’re over here thinking happy thoughts about summer too☀️ What are you looking forward to most once the warmer weather is here??