November 27, 2013 : My story

Community thankfulness…my KNITCH! :)

Because we knit together. Because we share our stories of baby-meltdowns, mommy-meltdowns, and husband-meltdowns together. Because we LOVE wine together. Because we indulge in delectable chocolate and delicious cheese together. Because we laugh together. Because we cry together. Because we helped bury a husband together. Because we helped bury a Dad together. Because we helped adopt three kids together. Because we battled HUGE sickness through prayer together. Because we are sending one of us off to a 2nd beginning together. Because we are MORE than a knitting group.

We’ve been together for over FIVE years (which seems like an eternity since many of were in a completely different stage of life without kids that long ago). It’s been a mini-lifetime of stories, joys, griefs, celebrations and unexpected circumstances together. And we’ve been TOGETHER through it all. We meet every other Thursday without fail to share our lives, our latest knitting projects and a glass of wine (or two); it’s a bit of sanity through our weeks. You see, knitting is our common bond, but life is what keeps us together. We need each other. We grow together, we hold each other accountable, we love one another, we pick each other up and MORE importantly, we are there. Without fail.

It’s proven that community is where people feel safe and where LIFE happens. Where change is initiated and where meltdowns are reality. Where love is encouraged and loss is lifted up. People thrive in community. We were made for relationships and for hugging each other when times are hard and when times are super amazing. Community works. And everyone NEEDS to belong to one! Community has changed me. The KNITCH has changed me. Being an only child with the tendencies to do things on my own isn’t what is best and I’ve learned that over the years….I can’t always solve my own problems or understand life ONLY through my lens. Perspective and advice and accountability…though hard, are necessary for growth. Necessary for MY GROWTH! :) In grief, I need my friends. In joy, I need my friends. In celebration, I need my friend. In tears, I need my friends. Simply put, I NEED MY FRIENDS! :) I need the KNITCH! :)

So, thank you LORD for an amazing group of friends that make me feel safe and help me cultivate what is important to me! :) And a double hooray for our 5th annual knitting weekend away in October at the AMAZING Pond View Lodge! :) YAY! :)

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November 20, 2013 : My story

A little boys best pug friend!

Ya know, when we had to put pug down in June, our hearts were broken. We didn’t think that anything or ANY pug could replace what pug (aka Edward) was to us. A pudgy, food-loving, snoring, lazy, loyal one-eyed companion that followed me around the house ALL the time. He was with Aaron before we were married, agreeably moved into many houses with us, layed beside me in comfort while I was grieving the loss of my parents and grouch-illy accepted both a new pug (Gwen) and a baby boy into his house! The day we had to say good-bye to pug was the day that a GIANT pug-shaped hole appeared in our hearts!

But, along comes Norman! A 8 week-old, fawn colored little pug with loads of energy and the fetching-ability that Edward never had! :) He waits outside Zeke’s door every morning and eagerly greets him waiting to play when that door opens! He chews on Edwards favorite Watermelon toy, runs and runs and runs with Zeke, plays tug-of-war with Gwen and has started to repair our pug-shaped hole! We love him. He’s perfect for our family.

Welcome to the family Norman Linus! :) You are already a little boy’s best pug friend with adventures that are only beginning! :)

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November 17, 2013 : Weddings

Jess + Michael :: the cutest newlyweds! :)

An afternoon full of happy, “WE’RE MARRIED” photos with the newlyweds, Jess and Michael! :) I mean…aren’t they just the cutest?! :) And her veil, YUP! One of my favorite accessories at a wedding….the veil! And she NAILED it! :)

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Dress : Brides of France
Suit : Induchino
Flowers (GORGEOUS) : Studio Emme
Hair and Makeup : Charity Carlson from Onsite Beautiful

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Hi! I'm Emily! :)

I am an artist; a WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER by day, TEXTILE ARTIST by night and mommy and wife in the middle! :)

I am an encourager, believer-in-love, every-day doodler, pug-wrangler, joy-spreader, and ice-cream devourer!

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