End of Summer {Love}

“Have you quit photography?”

I get that question a lot. I never know what to say. I have not quit – how can one quit something that is a passion and continues to be used every day? But I have felt, for some time, that it was time to stop focusing on my own personal success in business and turn my sights on an eternal goal. My family.

While it has been humbling many ways to step back from busy-ness of running my photography business, I have known all along, in my heart, that it was what God wanted for our little {big} family. Being a mother and a wife is a high calling – and living and breathing and being this momma to six, wonderful gifts we call our children, well, it was time to take that seriously.
I love photography.
I love my family.
I love God.

He required me to put it all in order – loving Him, loving my family, and letting my own goals take a back seat for a season. It doesn’t mean I cannot book a session or two but it means I need to keep my life open and available to my husband and children first.


It was a hard decision.

But I don’t regret it.
I see the rewards of turning my focus on my family and being an intentional parent – with God’s grace – so thankful for the sprinkling of grace every moment!


I am grateful. And humbled to be given this calling as a mother.



Tonight, before bed, Lovelyn was all wiggles and giggles and couldn’t stay still.  I asked her if she wanted to go for a quick walk … she obliged.  {Lovelyn – 3}



September 1, 2014 - 9:15 am

admin Thank you, Shelley, for your comment! It’s so nice to know others mothers understand your heart.
Thank you for the encouragement! 🙂

September 1, 2014 - 8:00 am

Shelley I admire this decision of yours 🙂 once we had our third little blessing I too, decided to take on much less in my photography business and at first turning down perspective business was hard but everytime it got easier because I was saying YES to God and my family 🙂 I do have to still work to help with the finances but I am much more intentional about the work I take on now and have been so happy with the changes I made. God bless you as you grow and nurture your family! I love your sweet blog and have always loved your photography 🙂