It’s been a while since I’ve done a personal  post. To be honest, it’s just been a little tough to open myself up and share anything personal over the past several months. In December, my mother-in-law past away unexpectedly and a few days later Andrew’s uncle died, also out-of-the-blue. Needless to say, things have been tough and although we’ve been doing alright it is difficult to slow down and think too much about what has happened to our family.

There is nothing more powerful than the bond of family and believing in your faith during a time of loss. It’s been very important to me and Andrew to find extra time to spend together as a couple, as a family with Emma-Kate and also with our larger, extended family and friends. Time spent talking about our lost loved ones, evenings spent over dinner and wine, doing nothing much but watching our kids play, and simply spending more time together has been incredibly healing. Knowing that the wedding season is about to hit full force and my time will soon be split a million different directions, Andrew and I wanted to take some time just for ‘us’ to be alone for a weekend with Emma-Kate. Sometimes it’s hard to find quiet time when nothing else is going on, emails aren’t being answered, text messages not being sent, visitors popping by or phone calls being made. We needed a weekend alone to reconnect and be together. So we did just that. We headed out of town to a nice, quiet place just outside of Little Rock and did nothing last weekend but enjoy each other’s company. We loved every minute of it and came home feeling healed, stronger and ready to take on the next thing.

Here are some of my favorite images from our family time last weekend: