Getting a bit personal today… i found this image of my little guy recently as I searched through old files. I captured it 3 years ago but I never got to a point where I could share it with you all then. The thing is that at that time.. in that year… I didn’t believe I was STRONG at all. Life was full of difficult moments and struggles and my world was changing. And as it all happened, i found myself in a place I never wanted to be. ⁠

Looking back, I realize that I was STRONG. I was able to survive a difficult period in my life, mend my heart, build a home for us on my own, found me again and did it all while being his MOM. I hope that if he ever is put through difficult situations in life that he remembers that HE CAN BE STRONG LIKE MOM.

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If you’re anything like me you are ready for life to be the way we knew it before.  Even a trip to the grocery store was much different that it is today.  But I am constantly reminded that missing our life 4 weeks ago… clinging to what was… will only cause struggle.

Instead we need to know that none of us will come out of this the same person we were before and the best thing we can do is sit in the blessing that is right now.  Even in the hard stuff.. choosing joy is the only way to go.

So today, I challenge you to find Joy in the every day.  Even if it means finding joy in the home you haven’t left in weeks or finding joy in your backyard.  Whatever it is… CHOOSE JOY.

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The last time I blogged… I had no idea that our world would be completely different in a little more than a month.  I was in the middle of planning spring minis, including my favorite mommy sessions, and little did I know that it would all have to be rescheduled due to this incredible pandemic.

Life as we knew it changed.  A trip to the grocery store no longer resembled the NORM, schools were closed, people worked from home and essential workers worked more hours just for us. Plans were changed and things were placed on hold.  And we were forced to stay home, to stay safe, with our immediate peeps and faced days that turned into weeks of time away from our extended family and friends.

Grateful that I have the opportunity to stay home and safe with people I love… but I will be honest when I say that I can’t wait for the moment when I can reunite with my parents, siblings, cousins and friends.  That first hug is going to be the best feeling in the world… and all of this was so worth it.

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This is 15. My little guy celebrates his birthday today… and today I am reminded of how blessed I am that he calls me mom. Somehow my teeny tiny little boy grew up before my eyes and I am struggling just a bit.

He doesn’t like anything that has to do with the outdoors and prefers to spend his time in his room. He has never had an interest in sports… although I do remember a time when he was pretty good at being a soccer goalie.  He loves video games like so many teens out there and recently has expressed the possibility of one day pursuing a career in animation or video game design.

He is a gentle soul. His heart has always been sensitive to the emotions of others. He is giving and kind and worries too much sometimes about the things that affect those closest to him. He wants everyone to be happy and he hates to disappoint.

He is loved by many. He means the world to us. He is my everything. Happy birthday, Adri! Love you to the moon and back!

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every year these minis mean more to me than you will ever know.  I love getting y’all in front of the camera with your kiddos… capturing moments that will forever mean the world to your family.

The mommy and me sessions this year will be held in an indoor studio in San Antonio, Texas not too far from 281/Bitters.  With a very limited amount of slots, you may want to click HERE to book your session.  Don’t wait until the right time… because there never is the perfect time.

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