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Woman’s Best Friend

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Well, the month of June came and gone filled with a lot of exciting things in our lives. It’s hard to believe (well not really ALL that hard to believe) that here I am and July has nearly gotten away from me as well. But I’m back, with as much frequency as I can make happen.

With work and life happening there are things that I never did write about but I would be remiss to not blog at least once about this. In fact, it is on the top ten list of most exciting life-changing things that has happened in the last decade! I got a dog… #myfirstdogever!

Back in April, on one of our fairly routine visits to the local shelter for a “doggy date”, we met the sweetest one year old, german shepherd/yellow lab male dog. We took him to walk for some fresh air. He was smart and attentive, active but not overly excitable. After spending just a few minutes with him, it didn’t take much thought on my part to ask if we could take him home.

I wasn’t expecting to hear any other response than “not today”. We had already agreed we were going to wait and get things prepared at home first. In fact, we had rules when we went on our “doggy dates”: no crying when we leave without a dog. The expectation was we were only going to visit the dogs, not to take one home. But when I asked, he nodded his head affirmatively. I was so shocked, I burst into tears… right there… in the middle of the shelter!

We filled out the paperwork for his adoption and paid the fee. Next we went off to get all the basic doggy necessities: bowls, food, collar, leash and toys. We had some errands to run, and learned he loves to be in the car (happy dance), and then we made our way home to surprise my daughter. I love giving surprises (PSA to my friends and loved ones: I don’t like getting surprises though)!

We named him Woodstock… and every day with him has been a fulfillment of every good thing that I fantasized having a dog would be. I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect dog for me. He is my buddy, and we do nearly everything together. We run errands, take 4 mile walks in the mornings and make pitstops at Starbucks. I teach and he learns.

Of course, I take pictures of him EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I mean, how can I not? I am a photographer, and he has the face of a model…which got me thinking. “Why not share all this cuteness with the world?”

Every day is an adventure with him. Please follow him on Instagram @lifewithwoodstock to keep up with his new life in our family.

 

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Happy Anniversary…to Me!

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Today is my 4th anniversary in Tennessee (and the 2nd anniversary of my business). It’s hard to comprehend where the time has gone. In so many ways, I still feel like I’m new here while also feeling a sense of comfort from being settled.

I wanted to share with you the words written to me by the one who has witnessed almost every day of my life over the past four years. It warmed my heart to hear the summary of my life from another’s view.

A few years ago, this girl named Shayna decided to make a change in her world. She was tired of the same old thing and wanted to seek an adventure that would give her and her daughter the opportunity to make a new start in a new place filled with new people and even more new places.

She set her eyes on the place called Tennessee. There was no real reason for her decision to go to that place. Sure, there was an insincere promise of a relationship awaiting her. In her heart, however, she knew it was just the excuse she needed to set her course. So she got in her car, her trusty Geo and off she drove.

Four years ago today she arrived in the Volunteer State. She had no friends, little money and the only hope for a relationship was almost immediately dashed to bits.

In four years, she has found love, married her best friend, started a business, guided her daughter towards a strong life direction, bought a home, traveled to several states, written a couple of blogs, and if that wasn’t enough, she got a dog. Her first dog, Woodstock.

She is loved by her man and her daughter and her dog.

And now . . . The fifth inning. Stay tuned everybody. My beautiful Shayna girl is about to hit a home run and it will be awesome!

There is no question that there has been much change and growth in my life. I, too, look forward to what more life has in store.

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A New Beginning

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For the month of June, my blog and social media outlets will be more quiet than usual. I’m getting married next week and I want to relish the excitement and the anticipation. This special time will come and go regardless of how “in the moment” I am… and I don’t want to miss any of it. In the words of a dear friend, “Just unplug. Your clients, friends and duties will be here when you get back.” Those are sound words of wisdom and I’d be a fool to not heed it.

With that said, I will see ya’ll (and I’m sure have much to share) when I get back from my honeymoon!

Ciao!

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Our Engagement Session

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Photographers need photographers, too! And I am so thankful to have such talented and skilled photographer friends! Thank you Alyssa for keeping so many secrets from me to make my engagement so unforgettable.

To see more of her work, visit her website at Alyssa Joy Photography.

Also, B-I-G thank you to Deanna Davis at Top of the Block in Murfreesboro for doing my hair last minute! You rock!

Location: Elm Hill Marina, Nashville

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