Several weeks ago, the amazing photographer, Jenn Hopkins, did some family portraits for us and I thought I’d share them with you. They are gorgeous and we can’t thank her enough.
We had portraits done for a few reasons. I wanted some family pictures done in honor of Bean’s first birthday. Sort of a celebration session of how far we’ve come as a family. But there were other reasons as well. Later this summer, MC will be launching a brand, spankin’ new website designed by preeeee-fessionals this time. The design company has sent us several draft versions already and let me just tell you – it’s freaking awesome. I wanted to make sure we had some really great family and individual stock photos for our new site and I think we got just what I was hoping for. I can’t wait to see how the web design team incorporates the pictures into their designs.
I also wanted family portraits taken because as some of you have seen on Twitter lately, I have started working on my first book. It is a memoir based on the first five years of my marriage and it tells the entire story of how my marriage came to be. Like my blog, it will be a real look into a fairly normal marriage and I’ll share about experiences where my marriage was strong and times when we really struggled. The idea is not that we are perfect, but that all marriages have ups and downs.
I’m finding that it is really different to write a book than it is to write a blog, and I struggled at first to get into the rhythm of telling a full-length story. But the further into it I get, the easier it becomes and it seems to be taking on a life of its own. I have been speaking with several agents and even have interest from some publishers already, so things are on the move. I also have a publicist now who will be working with both my website and, hopefully, my book. That’s really all I can share right now and I hope its enough to hold you over (and peak your interest so you buy 10,000 copies when its available…). So, in light of this new chapter in my life I needed some good head shots and promotional photos to send out. And Jenn managed to find the perfect balance between family and business in our pictures. She’s pretty impressive like that.
The reason I am sharing all these things with you right now is because without my marriage, none of these things would be possible. I don’t often talk about Chris in a serious tone. Usually I’m poking fun at him or threatening to divorce and/or kill him. But I thought I’d take a minute while I’m letting all these cats out of their bags to give credit where credit is due. Nothing good that has happened in my life and nothing good that will happen in my life would have been possible without Chris. Look at who I am – a working mom who writes silly things about trivial aspects of her world at her kitchen table. I have always dreamed of writing a book. In fact, it was the silent driving dream behind starting this blog to begin with. But that dream was so far from the reality of my every day life that I would never in a million years had the courage to even think that I could actually do it.
No one takes my dreams more seriously than my husband. And for that alone, I would marry him all over again. He has taken my dreams and made them his, too, and that has meant that the road to accomplishing things has been traveled by both of us. There is not one thing I write, one decision I make, one goal I set that I do without talking to him. And its not because he takes ownership or because I feel like I owe that to him. It is because he is the only one I can whisper these silly little ideas to who then turns around and blasts them out in a megaphone, breathing life into them.
Eleven years ago, he was my high school boyfriend who broke my heart countless times but underneath it all loved me more than anyone else.
Five years ago, I married him because he loved me that much.
And today I am living a life and accomplishing the dreams that I never thought possible. And its all because he loves me that much.
I am asked often on my blog how to know if you’ve found The One. I hardly ever answer that question because it varies so much from person to person. But for me, personally, The One was the person who took my dreams, pulled them out of the sky, and made them obtainable goals. He’s the one who stands by my side and shares my triumphs and tribulations as if they were his own. He’s the one who tells me every single day, without fail, how proud he is of me. And through all these things, he’s the one who makes me the driven, focused, dreaming person that I am.
There are still a lot of things to be worked out over the next year and who knows if anything will ever come to pass. But I do know that no matter where the chips fall, when the dust settles my husband will be standing right there by my side, whispering how proud he is of me in my ear. And that makes me the luckiest woman alive.