We got home last night after two weeks of craziness. We committed to a lot the first two weeks in November, and all of those commitments were made BEFORE we got pregnant. In our minds, we knew that if we could make it through October, and then the first two weeks of November, we would be ok. That was the goal! The light at the end of the tunnel! We love attending conferences and being with sweet friends. It’s one of our favorite things about this crazy life that we’ve been given. However, this conference season happened in the midst of one of our busiest seasons to date.
Between the house getting finalized, launching our two biggest courses, finishing wedding season, hiring a new employee and being almost 7 months pregnant, conference season seemed overwhelming for the first time in a long time. Thankfully, our nerves and our uneasiness subsided once I made it the through the flights with only slightly swollen ankles and we got to see our friends!! Both conferences were amazing, and we’re so thankful we had the chance to speak.
I think it hit me last night that our busy spell has ended, and the relief of that led to tears. Lots of tears. It’s like once I start crying I can’t stop! I blame the pregnancy hormones! The relief of knowing that I don’t have to get on one more plane until April makes me happy, and the relief of knowing that we truly have a BREAK coming up is what makes me emotional. We’ve been saying that we would take a break for years. MANY years. Now we have something really important to slow down for, and we’re welcoming that change of pace.
A lot of people have asked if I’m taking a maternity leave, and the answer is of course, YES!!! We’ll have a good 8-10 weeks after she arrives where I have no responsibilities, and I’m so thankful for the timing of that. December & January are just dedicated to MOVING, and waiting for baby Powers and baby Malizia to be born!! So as I sit here typing in my PJ’s, wrapped in a blanket, and with a fluffy puppy by my side, I’m so thankful. It may not seem like a very big accomplishment to some, but reaching a point of slowing down has never really happened before, and we’re proud of ourselves!!!!
A BIG thank you to Jill for taking our maternity pics! We can’t wait to share the rest with you all! She shot these while she was 8 months pregnant and we’re so thankful! And last but not least… poor Bokeh Boy’s 5th birthday was forgotten in the midst of our travels. Our first furry baby still brings so much joy to our life and we’re excited to have him HOME with us!!
There has never been a year quite like 2020. It started off so normal, so simple and so carefree. Then, March/April hit and it felt like everything was turned upside down!
Another month. I had forgotten just how fast it goes when they are this tiny. One minute they are in 0-3 month clothes and the next you’re unpacking 6month options!
How is it MARCH already in 2021?! This year is flying by and we’re getting closer and closer to the beginning of wedding season! At least we are here in Virginia! It’s my honor to get to introduce you to some of our KJ Students who are doing the hard work of educating themselves and growing their businesses! My hope is that their stories and advice will be an encouragement to anyone wanting to grow and feel confident before wedding season picks up!
Welcome to a brand new installment of KJ Student Spotlight!! It’s always a good day on the blog when we get to introduce you to some of our students and share their wins and advice!!! These three students have taken courses, watched Youtube episodes, are KJ All Access members, use our templates and have invested in themselves time and time again in order to grow their businesses! They deserve this recognition!!!
Here it is! Post one of twelve! I’m committing, once again, to blogging my favorite images each month of Everett’s first year and I’m excited about it because I know from past experience that this is truly the BEST motivation and accountability to stay on top of family editing!!
It’s hard to believe I’m writing this… my fourth birth story in four years. I’ve given birth in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. Just typing that makes me tired….. and so grateful…. unbelievably grateful. These last four years have been the best and hardest of my life. We cherish being parents and welcoming a new baby is hands down the most incredible thing we have ever experienced in our 18 years together. I’m so excited to introduce you to our newest member of our family and tell you the story of how he came into this world!