Parents Unite! | Holly, Michigan photographer

Can I be absolutely and honest candid here? I’ve been toying with the idea for a while of posting this, and maybe it’s more like therapy for me, but I know there are some out there who can relate. This is definitely not my regular kind of photography session or blog post. 

Moms unite! And not just moms – dads too! Let me just say, being a parent is HARD. I don’t care if you’re a working mom, stay-at-home mom or (like in my case) a combination of both, it is so freaking hard. 

Have kids, they said. It’ll be fun they said. 

I feel like my life has become an endless chore of picking up dirty socks, cleaning up wrappers, loading Nerf guns (over and over and over) and filling toy boxes only to have them dumped out approximately five seconds later. Anyone else feel me? 

I work in five-minute increments, between my two-year-old’s melt downs for something he can’t have to being a short-order cook for my almost-nine-year-old. It’s amazing I get anything done at all! 

(Bring me the wine! WHERE THE HECK IS THE WINE?!)

Everyone says “The days are long but the years are short.” And I know this has to be true. But man the days are LONG. 

Who else counts a trip to the Goodwill store alone a vacation? My gym days are my saving grace.

And then there’s the endless “experts” on parenting or people who think they are experts telling you how you should do things and why. I count my day as a win if I’m not rocking back and forth in the corner by bedtime and no one is yelling or crying. 

But in the quiet moments, when my son is snuggled into my side sleeping peacefully, and my daughter still wants to sit on my lap while we’re watching TV, I see the reason the long days are worth it. 

I hope they know they are loved more than I can ever express. That they are the center of my world and I would do anything for their little faces. When Cora tries on 15 pairs of soccer cleats because none of them “Feel just right” and when Austin is freaking out because he wants apple juice BEFORE his milk in a RED cup, I hope they know mom is trying. 

I want to do the very best I can with them, because no matter what occupation I hold or what I do for the rest of my life, they will be my biggest accomplishment, my proudest endeavor, my largest loves. And for for the rest of my life, I will do everything I can to show them how much they mean to me. Because I am so blessed just to call them my own. 

(Just as a disclaimer, these photos are severely over-dramatized. However, on occasion, my house has looked like this! HA! Special thanks to Julie who took the photos and didn’t think my idea was crazy. 😉 )

Austin is like, “What the heck? “

This is my “Mom Zombie” photo lol! 


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