Celebrating the Here and Now: Our Life in Photos | Houston Family Photographer

It's been too long since I shared our every day photos. These gems are the single best way to document family, to celebrate it, to remember these years our children are still young and living at home.

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It can be hard to think about a time that our younger children won't still be in our homes. It can seem years away, until its upon you and it's the last year your teenager will probably be home. Then we're hit smack in the face with reality. This is it. Where did the time go?!

"We can do that next year. No big deal. We'll try next month."

There's nothing inherently wrong with these statements, nothing at all; except when we're telling ourselves this time after time, month after month, summer after summer, there's an underlying belief that our family can wait. Our memories, our dreams, our adventures- they can wait until life isn't so busy or there isn't so much on the calender.

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There's so much room for grace here. This isn't a guilt trip, friend. But there's also room for our best yeses! Yes to our families and yes to our dreams and yes to raising little hearts into compassionate, thoughtful adults. Yes to our husbands or wives and yes to our kid's desires, not just our own.

It's so easy to get caught up in the business and the hustle... "I gotta do this. I gotta get this done." We're tempted to think that if we don't do all these things then no one else will either. It's all on us or it won't get done.

But that's a lie. It's not all on us. And there are things we can say no to; no because it's not a good fit for our family or no because we need to spend more time with our spouse.

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These are hard lessons to learn and there's no perfect recipe for success when it comes to knowing when to say yes and when to say no. It's a worthy fight, and picture-taking ever reminds me that while there isn't all the time in the world, there is today, in the here and now. And it's lovely.

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