This Summer

Summer of 2014. It was everything. It came and went like I've never seen a summer go before, but it was also one of the very best I've ever experienced. One that I won't ever forget. Early summer saw some absolutely amazing weddings hit the books. Ones I'll be sharing on this blog over the next few months. During those weddings, Cali's due date was fast approaching, which brought a bit of stress, finding backup shooters should she go into labor, etc. All was well when on a beautiful July Wednesday (with no wedding the following weekend), Henry Thomas came into our lives in most perfect fashion. Everyone says it, but our lives won't ever be the same. He brings so much joy, happiness, and fullness to our life together and we can't imagine the time before him. Cali is an absolute saint for all that she went through in that pregnancy and labor, and I continue to fall even more in love with her strength and ability to fall into this role as a Mom, every single day.

One of our greatest desires for this new life is to continue to travel. To continue to experience. And to take Henry there every chance we can. We want to build a sense of wonder into him, even at a young age. To always keep him dreaming and creating and longing to see more of this world's beauty. In just the exactly 11 weeks since he has joined us, we've attempted to do just that. Day trips and family outings, being dedicated at our church and hanging with friends. Turns out in the final weeks of summer I ended up having three weddings in a row in Northern Michigan, which allowed us to rent a little cottage on Grand Traverse Bay, and not leave Michigan's paradise for three whole weeks. It was one of the best things we've ever done as a couple, and certainly the best as a family. Though I was working during the week and shooting weddings on the weekend, the slow-paced time so close to so many natural wonders allowed us to see and do so much. To swim, to climb dunes, to explore everything that Traverse City, the Leelanau Peninsula, Charlevoix, Petoskey, Mackinac Island, St. Ignace, and the lower Upper Peninsula had to offer. We even got to have multiple family members and friends come up and join us for days at a time, which was perfect.

In the next 30 days, Henry will get to see Chicago and New Orleans. He won't remember a bit of it, but we don't care. Having this new little family unit with me every chance I get is one of the coolest, and greatest things I could imagine.

All this to say, whether you're a single person, a couple, a family of 10, young or old: get out there. Do something. Explore your surroundings and see it in a new light. It's good for the soul, and you'll find so many things you never knew existed. I promise, you won't regret it.