Sunday, May 8

Happy Mother's Day || Lifestyle pics

The meaning of the word 'motherhood' has changed and morphed in so many different ways over the years as I've had babies and reached milestones, learned beautiful and intense lessons that I could never have imagined. Being a mother isn't for everyone I know, but it is absolutely what I was meant to do. I need each one of my sweet children just as much-if not more than they need me, and not a day goes by that I don't feel blessed and privileged to be their mother. 
Here are a few favorite pictures from a fun afternoon, captured by my darling friend Morgan:

I have to confess at just writing a few paragraphs about how it was a hard Mother's Day overall, but then I pasted them into a draft for another day. I don't have many reservations about sharing those kinds of thoughts here much anymore, but today is about my children and my mother, my sister-in-law, and all the sweet women with mother hearts in my life and all over the world.

Today is about changing diapers and kissing chubby toes.
Today is about tickle attacks, time-outs, brushing hair, and endless bedtime stories.

"When my children remember their childhood, I want only for them to remember that their mother gave it her all. She worried too much, she failed at times, and she did not always get it right.. but she tried her hardest to teach them about kindness, love, compassion, and honesty. Even if she had to learn from her own, mistakes she loved them enough to keep going, even when things seemed hopeless, even with life knocked her down. I want them to remember me as the woman who always got back up." - unknown

Side-note: When Morgan and I talked about pictures, I wasn't sure if it was a good time with Martin feeling so sick and resting most of every day, but then we said how even getting a few pictures with him would be special, and that no matter what happens in the future, we'd always be glad we had them. I did indeed straighten my house a little beforehand, but I love that somehow there are still papers on the counter and garbage bags spilling out of the drawer, etc. I sure love our life. Can't thank you enough my sweet Morgan


Happy Mother's Day:)

19 comments:

  1. How sweet are these photos! I love the quote that you shared as well!

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  2. Oh gosh ..you are such an inspiration to the world...don't ever doubt for a moment that you are making a MASSIVE impact on people's lives through sharing your story. You make people want to love more ..to be stronger..to look for the beauty and joy in the small moments..to bravely smile and keep going NO MATTER WHAT.
    You are a modern day warrior goddessπŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨

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  3. Beautiful pictures of your family!

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  4. I second exactly what Helen said. You are a daily inspiration to me, and I know many other people as well. Thank you for sharing these beautiful family photos and your personal thoughts. I know that this sounds a little weird but they brought a tear to my eye, I've been following your blog for almost two years. I found you right after my daughter was born. I had a near death experience giving birth to her, and it was very traumatic to me. When I began reading your blog I began feeling okay again, and inspired to keep doing better. Thank you for keeping up the blog. If you were to write a book - I know that there's thousands of us that would read it. Just want you to know that you have all of us behind you hoping, praying and loving. ��

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  5. These are beautiful pictures! Morgan captured your families love and togetherness so well. Happy Mothers Day, Emily!

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  6. These are gorgeous photos! What a treasure. Sending love!

    Kelly @ In My Flow

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  7. Beautiful photos. They brought me to tears. You are simply amazing and inspiring.

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  8. I don't have time to comment much, but I found your site months ago and have tried to follow your journey. Been praying for you guys when you come to mind.

    These pics are beautiful. And, you, are so very brave. These words popped to mind when looking through them....Courage. Bravery. Faithfulness.

    Praying that our amazing God holds you close and you guys do your best to trust Him as you keep moving. And again ~ you are so very brave.

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  9. Beautiful pictures and a beautiful family.
    per your last paragraph - trust me, you will be so incredibly thankful for these photographs of this time regardless of what the future holds. My dad dealt with brain cancer for 20+ years (not exaggerating), and I am thankful for every memory documented during both the easy and the difficult times.

    Praying for you all and trusting in the good that God will bring out of this.

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  10. Beautiful pictures! You and your family will cherish the moments that you capture on film regardless of the future.

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  11. Such beautiful pictures and your friend Morgan is right. Take the pictures while you can. My husband struggled with a life-threatening illness almost immediately after we were married and I took as many pictures of us as I possibly could. We didn't know what our future held and I wanted as many precious memories as possible if things didn't go the way we prayed.

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  12. I've been a reader of your blog for so long but never commented before, but I just had to on this post. These photos are b e a u t i f u l. So so beautiful. I LOVE the one of you and Martin with the kids running, it's stunning and would look incredible on a large canvas or something!

    C x

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  13. These pictures are so amazing, your friend knows how to catch tender moments and flying time. And you've taken the right decision for showing your husband. All my prayers and hope to your whole family, take care.

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  14. My sweetest Emily your children are so blessed to have you as their mother. Your love guidance and strength will help them to become beautiful caring kind adults. Keeping you and your family in my prayers always πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

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  15. These pictures are sooo so beautiful! Morgan did a great job!!! I love that you were able to capture a little bit of Martin in them too! <3

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  16. They're beautiful, real photos that you will always cherish. Hope Martin is on the road to recovery xx
    art-love-fashion.blogspot.com.au

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  17. So beautiful family. I am working so hard to make my family happier. pack and play

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