Bryan and I have been so blessed to connect and catch up with so many of our friends and family these past days. It is always overwhelming to have so much to catch up on in such little time, but our hearts are full from seeing some of our “Florida People”! Thanks to all those who graciously hosted or made time to be with us. It means the world to us! And thank you for continual prayers as my parents, Uncle’s Family, and many others press on with repairing their homes so they are livable again. While in Pensacola, we visited family and friends in between working on my parents’ home…and we tried to make time to relax with my folks too. I also took a bit of a break from the camera and just brought my phone along.
We also celebrated my PawPaw’s 77th Birthday. He and my Grandmother are two of the sweetest, most thoughtful, positive and wise people in my life. They manage to make each one in our ginormous family and any others feel special and loved, and they are hosting my parents while things are getting back together… so when Grandma mentioned snapping a few photos of them a while back, I couldn’t have been more honored to photograph them in one of my favorite spots in the world – their yard!
Before leaving Pensacola, we had the awesome opportunity to have some portraits taken by two of my favorite friend photographers! I will have to blog the story of how we all met one day, but I could never thank these two and their two precious kids enough for playing a major role in encouraging me as I got into photography. We had a great night, complete with laughing over a sushi dinner, and I am so excited to see our Pensacola Portraits! PS: Thanks to Alexis, their sweet, beautiful daughter who snapped some behind the scenes previews (below) of us! View more from David and Jess Photography at their spanking new site or connect and follow them on Instagram.
For the Fourth of July, we had some much needed downtime relaxing for the long weekend at Bryan’s parents’ property near Madison, FL.
We were blessed to witness the most beautiful Florida sunset, met wonderful sweet friends from Bryan’s parent’s church at an Ice Cream Social, and viewed the town Fireworks show – all accompanied by gospel and patriotic music. Though I enjoyed relaxing, I was wishing I had brought my camera along for all this!
The weekend went so fast!! We spent a few days tucked away four-wheeling, shooting, chatting by a bonfire, and setting off more fireworks. Bryan’s Mom had everything ready and perfect for relaxing and chatting while comfy inside and outside on the swing or porch, and I was so thankful Bryan’s Dad showed my parents and I the ropes and taught us a little bit of country folk skills. ;P
On the right is my Momma – she was so proud she shot the “7” on the target her first time shooting! And on the right is the family expert and our teacher -Bryan’s Dad Mr. Alden. Notice the multiple bulls-eyes. Don’t mess with him – haha! 😉
There is nothing like blowing something up that brings out the boy in a man! The men loved being in charge of fireworks, and had a ball terrifying us women! 😉 Our time at Mr. Alden and Mrs. Bonnie Jo’s camp house was perfect and served as much needed time with both his and my parents, and I am so thankful for the laughs and good memories shared there. Now we are fitting in as much as possible at our last stop – Bryan’s Hometown – before heading to our new home in Virginia!