September 2, 2017

| Family Photographer | Ocean City | Hello Reflection

Chapter 1 Part 2017

Dear friends,

Earlier this month, my Mom and Dad took all 3 of my children to their magical Pocono Mountain lake house for a week-long vacation.

It was the first time I had ever had more than a night without my children. This is a BIG DEAL, you guys!! Here’s why: I was only 16 when I discovered I was pregnant with my oldest son. My life went from teenage girl-with-no-cares-in-the-world—->to teenage mom-with-the-biggest-responsibility-bestowed-on-any-human being-ever. I was forever not alone! From living with my parents and siblings…to living with my husband and son…Never. Alone. Seriously.

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So, there I was, 16 years later, on an August afternoon: 32 years old, waving goodbye to my babies, and staring into a week without them. It took every ounce of will power to choke down my tears, as I gathered their things and said my goodbyes. For, it was a really…. REALLY scary day for me. You see…I finally had to stare in the mirror, at myself, without my children to hide behind.

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That was the beginning of an incredible 7 day journey for me. I discovered more about myself, than I have within my entire life. I discovered so many things. To sum it up…I discovered I’m a pretty damn bad ass/amazing human being.

I’m so thankful for the time I had to focus on myself and my marriage. I’m so thankful for my parents and their tireless/selfless love for their grandchildren. I’m also thankful for their tireless/selfless love for their daughter and son-in-law.❤️May we carry on their beautiful legacy.❤️

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Some of my favorite ladies and I got together to do a self portrait project. Being in the frame, without my Littles, put me WAY out of my comfort zone. (Sound familiar??) I suppose it goes right along with my 2017 theme, which has proven to be “The Year of Doing Scary Things”. Don’t you think? ?

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Thanks to my patient human tripod A.K.A. My Biggest A.K.A. biggest-responsibility-bestowed-to-any-human being-ever (?) : Joshua Lee ❤️

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