I clearly remember, in the wee hours shortly following the birth of my first sweet boy, the words of an uninformed healthcare professional (but well-meaning, I’m sure): “Well, just so you know, breastfed babies are much higher maintenance.”
Thus began the breastfeeding journey (and the parenting journey), of a feisty mama. My oldest is now nineteen and in college, and we’ve added four more, bringing our count to five kiddos, with the youngest an eight-year-old. Although I’m no longer nursing a baby, I loved every aspect of breastfeeding and over the years as a mentoring mom and a birth and newborn photographer, I have had the amazing opportunity to encourage other new mamas along the way.
We home educate our children, they are active in competitive sports, and we recently relocated from sunny Florida to coastal New Jersey, where my husband serves as operations manager at a Bible conference and retreat center. I’m passionate about encouraging women to live fully in their calling, and I write about food, growing in Grace, parenting, and homeschooling at Dancing With My Father, and about living the gospel through home and hospitality at Sal et Lux. Sometimes my sweet daughter, a future nursing mama herself (Lord-willing), blogs alongside me at A-Girl with A Camera.
My husband is an amazing man, determined to create a new legacy of fathering with his children, even becoming the primary “teacher” in our home for a couple years, as we kicked off our photography business, Legacy Seven Studios. Now I’m focusing on writing and photographing the clients God brings us, while at the same time looking for ways to streamline and “get my head in the game” even more intentionally with our kids. Most recently we’ve been digging deeper and asking God, “what’s next?!” as our children grow older and prepare to serve and encourage others as adults themselves. I realize the time flies faster than we can imagine, and I want to make every moment count.