JENNIFER STUART

This is my journal on documenting love, finding joy, and living life to the fullest. I'm so glad you're here, and hope you enjoy your stay!

This is my journal on documenting love,
finding joy, and living life to the fullest. I'm so glad you're here, and hope you enjoy your stay!

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Taking Time Off

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Believe or not, I have taken the entire month of August away from my camera. I actually never schedule sessions during the summer months (it’s just too dang hot to expect people to cuddle and not sweat!), but having no weddings for a whole month is rare. This isn’t the first time this has happened for me, but it always comes during a time when I need it the most. I firmly believe that these pockets of time are gifts from God. Spring season was a whirlwind and fall is about to get even crazier…I don’t have a free weekend until my maternity leave starts in December! So, yes, I think God gave me this month to get ready for the big changes we have coming with preparing for another baby and sending Evy to school for the first time.

Needless to say, these weeks haven’t been spent relaxing by the pool! We’ve been moving my office to our bonus room upstairs, upgrading Evy to a big girl bed, moving furniture to storage, turning my previous office into the nursery, sorting through TONS of girl baby clothes to sell (let me know if you’re interested!), all while keeping up with new client meetings, scheduling fall sessions, and prepping for being on the go non-stop for the next 3.5 months. Whew!

Maybe I can blame part of this on the pregnancy hormones or the anxiousness of what’s to come, but my emotions are getting the best of me lately too. Today, as I sat on the floor with Evy as she ate her “picnic” lunch, she sweetly reached over to hold my hand while staying fully focused on her peanut butter sandwich in the other. She is constantly hugging us and telling us that she “loves us with all her heart”. This girl has such a sweet soul, and keeping her at home with me the past 2.5 years has been such a blessing. Of course, it hasn’t been all glitter and rainbows, but as we approach her first ever day of “school” (the first time she’s been in any care other than us and family members), I’m already missing these precious moments at home with JUST her. I know things will change now: she’s going to become more independent from going to school and then baby brother will be coming at the start of the year, so it really will be the end of this chapter now. She finished her lunch as tears poured down my cheeks. Then, she once again rested her head in my lap, looked up at me and said “you’re my best girl”. Yep, then my ugly cry started.

So, in this last week off, I’m going to relish in all the snuggles and hugs I can get from our girl, eat all the picnics she wants, play outside a little too late, and enjoy these final days of summer. Changes are happening, but Evy, you’ll always be my best girl too.

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