"...People often feel very comfortable commenting on my physical appearance, whether in a positive or negative way, and I've been pressured to do stereotypically female things, even though I'm terrible at them..."Read More
...We carefully craft our words. Not wanting to make too big of a mark yet, we don't want to get put into the wrong box - because first impressions are so real - people won't try and get to know you better, to know you are so much more than the first impression...Read More
I found myself ugly crying in my car this week...Read More
As these, and many more, realizations come to the foreground of my thoughts instead of the background intentions - it also becomes clear to me that modeling these myself teaches more than just telling her these things.Read More
A mother took a book out of her approximately 10 year old daughters hands, then proceeded to berate her:
"The reason your brother can read these books is because his IQ is SO MUCH HIGHER than yours. He's so CRAZY insanely smart he can understand these books. You just can't. You need to go pick out a book that's at your grade-level."
I watched the expression on that little girls face go from excitement to devastation .Read More
How do we raise up mentally + emotionally strong girls? How do we break out of the roles we are built into simply because it’s all the world knows?
I want my daughter to know how strong she is. That she can grow up in a world of possibilities. That is not limited. That she can do, and be, truly anything she wants...Read More
So many pictures, so few words. I *love* family sessions. Come back sunshine, lets have more of this!Read More
An Urban Maternity Session in Portland, OregonRead More
Cliche or not - it's my favorite time of the year.Read More
You can't see them but her cheeks have tears dried on them tonight.
As she grows older her emotions are growing bigger along with her.Read More
5 years ago, when I took this photo, we were experiencing our last winter out at Eastern Washington University as Kenny was in his last quarters of school.Read More
Sometimes we have to fight for what we love, and maintain the ability to be flexible even amidst clearly defined plans.Read More
Our annual trek to the Pumpkin Patch in Portland had quite an unexpected turn this year. Corn Mazes are not where EMTS I think expect to be called out to on a Sunday afternoon.Read More
Like the time of change between summer and fall, my life has looked very similar. The leaves around what I've built are falling and I'm finding space in my branches - in my mind - in my heart to rest, recharge and refill my every empty bucket.Read More
We did a thing. We got married as babies. Grew up together. Made a life together. I wrote some words down.Read More