Family pics 2011

One of the things that I have put off is getting our family pictures taken. I didn't want to go into a studio and I love natural lighting photographers. I am so grateful to my friend who introduced me to Amber. She is a wonderful photographer!

Does this look like an engagement picture or what? Ha - well, I love it and I am still in love with this man. We have been married almost 10 years now and it has been an incredible journey.

Warning - I may get a little sentimental!!!

Clint and I met in high school - our senior year. I remember looking at him and saying to myself "I am with my husband now," those words gave me comfort as we said goodbye for 2 years while he served as an LDS missionary. I was totally supportive of his mission and I kept myself busy so time would go fast. But, the time was long - two years was brutal, seriously. I loved him so much and just couldn't wait to be with him. Well, long story short - I survived - we still loved each other and 4 months from the day he got home we married in the Salt Lake Temple. It was the picture perfect day! I got to marry my best friend and we never had to say goodbye again.

10 years and four kids later. It is still amazing to me how fast time has gone since we have been married. When he was on his mission the 2 years never ended and now we have done 2 years 5 times. Crazy!!! Family is everything to us. We want to be with our kids - that is the main reason we have our own business. Some days are tough with 4 kids who are close in age. We had 4 kids in 5 years and believe me - sometimes I am ready to pull my hair out - or at least buy some earplugs so the screaming can be muffled. (I don't know why I haven't done that yet) :) It's the small happy moments that make life so incredible. These little munchkins are the reason I don't get quilting done fast, they are the reason that a lot of my quilt designs are still on paper and not in stores. But, I wouldn't change it because I can't miss out on their little lives.

They are growing up so fast! Why does time move so fast when you don't want it to and it slows down when you need it to go fast? What gives me comfort is remembering to "Enjoy the Journey" because with all the ups and downs, life is worth living for the small moments - and those small moments are with my husband and kids.

All photos courtesy of Amber Wallis of Carly Grace Photography

October 07, 2011 by Judi
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