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Why We’re Moving to Texas And Changing Our Business
December 17, 2018
Sometimes when the universe is screaming loudly enough, you’re able to tune out the excess noise so you can listen closely.
I hear you, universe; loud and clear.
As you can see, a few things have changed around here over the weekend. The URL, our business name and a bit more.
About a month ago, as many of you already have heard, our entire life got flipped, turned upside down and inside out (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can read about that here and here). Everything that was comfortable and steady suddenly got thrown out of whack and Randy + I were left scrambling to pick up the pieces, ask serious questions about our life and our family, and talk thoroughly about living our best life and what exactly that means.
The last four years have been incredible. Working together with Randy for wedding days was everything I dreamed it would be, and so much more – Randy just gets me, he sees the world differently and it was really nice to spend those extra days with him. But all of that joy has come with a big price: Randy has been working himself overtime. Not just overtime – but like, over-overtime. In the last year, he’s taken exactly … NO days off. Between his day job, working weddings and sessions with me and trying to be a father and husband … Randy has not had any downtime. Not just that, but being away from our kids so much has been really hard. It’s already hard enough when one parent is gone, but having both gone (and gone for nearly every weekend of the year) has been really hard for our family. “Hard” might not even be the right word to use – maybe draining or exhausting or heartbreaking might be a better way to put it.
We got through the busiest wedding season we’ve ever had this past fall and I am so, so grateful we decided to take the month of November off, for the most part. I had a couple shoots here and there, but I needed a break. Randy needed a break. The kids needed us home. We got so ‘over it’ that we actually talked about possibly not taking any more bookings for anything and retiring to do something else.
And then Randy’s brother got sick.
And then we had the terrible experience of watching a woman die in my husband’s arms in the middle of the Pacific at 38,000 feet.
And I’ll tell you what – we were in a daze. I have no other way of describing the first 10 days home from Hawaii. Taylor, our assistant, took over our email inbox because we couldn’t even begin to process where we were in life and we needed some time to breathe and talk and pray and meditate and be with each other and be with the kids.
A couple days after we got home, Randy’s best friend since 4th grade flew up from Texas to be with us. To hug and talk, and eat food and just be here. And it meant the world to us. I can’t even begin to tell you guys how amazing it was to have Kirk and his wife Bianca come to be with us. It was like taking a deep breath of fresh air after drowning for a minute.
After they left, we talked about the fact that neither of us have been happy for a long time. Like, we’ve been absolutely overjoyed with the work we were doing and we love each other and our family and we absolutely love Colorado. But something is definitely off. We talked and talked for hours and days. We’d talk in bed, we’d talk over coffee, Randy would call me on his drives to work and we’d text when he was at his day job … and we both came to the same conclusion: something needs to change.
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