So Much To Celebrate

As you may know, I’ve been dabbling in photography since 2013. What initially was a way to take more pictures of my daughter, turned in a business, and now a form of career.

Since then, I have always been diligent about trying to take pictures each week, but definitely each month.

The older I get, and the older my daughter gets, the more I realize how thankful I am for these pictures. The more I also realize it’s not nearly as important that they’re taken with my professional camera and beautifully edited, so much as they’re just taken.

But a few of the most important things I have realized over time:

  • The more family in the pictures, the better

  • Pictures are just an incredible way of preserving

  • Pictures remind me to be thankful

October felt so busy. Thinking back on it, sometimes it’s hard to remember what was so “wonderful.” But then, looking at pictures I am immediately reminded of what an incredible month we had! There was so, so much worth remembering!

So whether it’s through Journaling, Photography, or even just calendar notes - I can’t encourage you enough to celebrate the small things daily. During those “hard” seasons, they’ll mean everything.

Kenna and I picking pumpkins with Daddy at Nickajack Farms

Kenna and I picking pumpkins with Daddy at Nickajack Farms

I may not have taken pictures throughout the entire month, but there was still so much joy regardless, and the few pictures I did take are such a beautiful reminder of that.

To start, throughout August and September, Kenna worked extremely hard with Zach, practicing to shoot a bow, so that FINALLY she could go hunting and hopefully shoot her very first buck. This was such an exciting moment for Kenna, but in truth, it was a moment frozen in time for Zach.

He had always imagined taking his “little boy,” hunting. Little did he know, 5 years ago, he would be blessed with a little girl instead who would step into those shoes just beautifully.

October is Kenna’s birthday month. So of course, Mommy had to take her to her favorite place for an evening walk, in a new birthday dress, for a few birthday portraits.

Because it was October after all, we wrapped up the month doing our annual pumpkin picking with Daddy and carving with my in-laws, and then of course, Trick or Treat!

Kenna still hasn’t gotten fully into the excitement of carving (we still laugh that we end up doing 5 pumpkins and the smallest of us couldn’t really care at all!) but Trick or Treat and Halloween costumes… now that’s a different story entirely.

With two cousins, and one more on the way, Trick or treat becomes a more thrilling every year! It’s fun for her to have “trick or treating” friends and it’s equally as fun for us Mom’s to do group costumes!! This year we had a garden fairy, gnome, and toadstool. And yes, we are already planning for next year.

I encourage you to take the time to celebrate the big things in the little moments from this day forward. It matters so much.

McKenna shares a birthday month with her Great Grandpa Rohr. We didn’t realize that last year would be their last birthday on earth together. Grandpa passed away this Spring. Love and miss him!

McKenna shares a birthday month with her Great Grandpa Rohr. We didn’t realize that last year would be their last birthday on earth together. Grandpa passed away this Spring. Love and miss him!

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