What are some of the best lessons you are learning from your kids?

This girl right here is teaching me all about how easy it is to make friends in the world. She literally makes friends everywhere she goes. On one than more occasion she has sat down next to someone she’s never met before and said, “Hi! I’m Ivy. We’re going to be friends.” I pulled up to her preschool the other day and there were a handful of kids quietly standing by their parents, nervously waiting to go in. She bounced out of the car and ran over to them and they all ran up to her, “Ivy! Ivy! Ivy!” Within seconds they were all laughing and giggling and having fun.

The girls in this photo we’d never met. We just went for a family day at the beach and she gathered them all up from spots near us and they all started playing together.

I love that about her. She is literally friends with everyone. She loves everyone and she has a way of making everyone feel included and important. I hope she realizes what a gift that is and stays that way forever.

So what types of things do you see in your kids you want to emulate? By the way I could play this game all day. I don’t know how I got so lucky to have such great kids.

#kindness #friendship #shethatseeks #christlikelove #christian #friendshipgoals
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It’s so easy for social media and our time online to become a negative element of our lives. It affects our mood, our confidence, and can affect our self worth.

I have been teaching a ton this summer to groups all over the place about how we can be more wise in the time we spend on technology and I wanted to share one of my favorite things that I have been doing.

I started this awhile ago and it has helped me feel the goodness that can come from social media. I’m a big believer that we are in each other’s lives for a reason. There is a reason God connected us, even if the connection is social media.

He wants us to take care of each other. Love each other. Serve each other. There’s a reason you are reading this and I’m grateful you are here.

So I started doing what I’m going to call Scroll to Serve. What I do is each day I try to reach out to five people. Some days it’s my Instagram followers, some days it’s my Facebook friends, other days it’s just people in my phone contacts. But I just quickly scroll and I just let things land where they do. I truly believe God picks the people. Then I reach out to those five people. I leave a positive compliment on something they are doing in their life. I send them a message just to let them know I was thinking about them. Sometimes I just even tell them I love a photo they took. I just do whatever I feel is right to truly connect with them and let them know someone is thinking about them and someone sees them.

It has been surprising how many people respond. Especially when I message people. We live in a world of “alone together” and this little bit of contact is like a breath of fresh air to what can sometimes be a very lonely place.

So there you go #scrolltoserve. Maybe you want to join. I’d love you to. Imagine if just 1% of my followers joined in today and reached out to 5 people. That’s 62 people who could serve and love 310 people today. And if just 1% of us did it for the next week that is 2170 people that we could reach.

And maybe if you feel inspired to you could share this idea today on your account. Or tag a friend below. Imagine what we could all do together to just #sharegoodness.
John 14:27 is one of my favorite scriptures. Its the scripture I read at my moms memorial after she took her own life.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

This scripture helped my heart heal and as I have been seeking to grow closer to Christ I have been spending more time with His word. I have had so many people share their favorite scriptures with me.

Will you share yours? Tell me why you love it!

#shethatseeks #scriptureshare #scriptures #faith #hisword
First off, I wished I could personally hug everyone who sent so much love for my post yesterday. Wow!!!
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This quote has been one that I have been clinging to so much lately as we have been exploring new paths. God has a plan. God knows where we are going. I feel like one of my kids in the backseat of the car, “Where are we going? Are we there yet? How much longer?”
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I look back on where we were a year ago and I can’t even believe it. Last year my team and I were drowning in brides and clients. This year it is much quieter. We have referred 90% of people out while we sit in this season of seeking.
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There is a lot that I’m not certain of...”am I still a photographer?” seems to be the biggest question people are wondering. I keep telling most people “ask me in January”. That’s the best answer I’ve got. I’ve said yes to a few things that made my heart feel alive, but I’ve turned away a lot too because it didn’t feel right. So that’s all I have for you.
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I know God knows where we are going and for the first time in a really long time it feels great to be slowing my pace and leaning into some uncertainty. I have felt more confident about the things I am saying yes to than I have in years. And I’m excited to share the few things on my plate in the coming days.
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But for now I’m trying to be patient and trying to enjoy the scenery and this season of my life.
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So tell me, how do you “let go and let God?”
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#letgo #letgoletgod #shethatseeks #ldsliving #christian #enjoytheride #patience #uncertainty #slowingmypace #makingspace #lds #mormon #dailyquotes #quoteoftheday @angiesmith19

Abbey Kyhl

It may have all started with me, but I believe things got truly amazing when we became a team. Most everyone would say I am the “mom boss” around here. I feel so blessed to be in this moment. And I look forward to hearing all about your love story, whatever chapter you may be on, whether its being a bride, a new mommy, or just celebrating life as love grows.


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They say it better than we ever could..

For a bride, weddings are mostly just trusting that everything will go as planned and that people will come through for you. The entire experience can obviously be a bit stressful and taxing. However, Abbey Kyhl and Bianca Madsen made my wedding experiences dreamlike. My decision to chose AK Studio & Design was easy because both of my brother’s used Abbey for their weddings. I knew she was great but I had no idea how wonderful she would be through all the wedding planning. Even before our engagement photos Abbey and I were texting back and forth about reception venues, florists, and cakes. She knows the Utah wedding space inside and out and every suggestion she gave me was perfect. Our engagement shoot was flawless and Abbey made us feel relaxed and comfortable enough to be ourselves in front of the camera. Our bridal shoot was even more perfect because Abbey and Bianca worked together to capture every detail. I’ve never seen a more dynamic duo than Abbey and Bianca – their energies feed off of one another and make the perfect environment for a photo-shoot. They are both incredibly talented and I felt lucky to have both of them at my bridal shoot and my reception. I never had to worry about either Bianca or Abbey missing an important moment because they were always there and always consulting me on what I wanted captured. The pictures they took and edited for me will forever be my favorite memories of my wedding!
Having Abbey be apart of our wedding was one of the best decisions we made. Not only is she organized and can run a full day of wedding photography flawlessly, she is was also so fun to work with!! Abbey took the time to get to know us, and the vision we had for our wedding. Not one detail was left undone. I like Zeke's description of working with Abbey best I think, :) " Having Abbey around was like having my mom around! On the morning of the wedding, when I got out of the shower to get ready, Abbey already had my tux, shoes, socks, and everything I needed all laid out for me! She eliminated so much stress of the day for us. She was so much more than our photographer." Abbey and her team work so well together, and each of them were easy going, professional and charismatic. We feel lucky to have landed such an awesome team for our big day! Thank you so much!!
When we got engaged, one of the first things I wanted to focus on was choosing an amazing photographer. When we first met Abbey, she connected with us immediately and saw the vision we wanted! She was spunky, fun and outgoing.When you're not thinking she is watching, she will take the most treasured candids. She has a way of showing true love through the camera! She let us be ourselves. She truly cares about each photo by getting the perfect lighting and location. She cares about making everyone feel comfortable, while having fun and laughing along the way. She cares about every detail. She cares about communication throughout the process. She takes time to get your love story. She will do whatever it takes to be positive the bride and groom are satisfied. She is there for you and your fiance to make sure you feel stress-free knowing your photos will turn out beautiful. 
Abbey Kyhl... where to even begin? She is a ray of sunshine, a breath of fresh air, and a level head amidst the chaos! I first stalked her blog and immediately fell in love. What talent! I loved her photographs, they expressed so much emotion. It is so important to feel comfortable with your photographer, you don't want to look forced in your photos! Comfort was not even a question the moment I met Abbey, she truly is a people person! I could tell she had a strong desire to connect with Carter and I, and to become our friend. I felt all nerves melt away, and I knew we were in good hands. I felt so relaxed at our shoots and on my wedding day knowing that Abbey would take stunning photos of the moments I wanted to remember most. She is an absolute joy to work with and you will come away from your sessions with not only out-of-this-world photographs, but with a new friend! Honestly, I could go on forever about Abbey, but if you take away one thing from reading this, it should be that you will never regret having Abbey capture the special moments in your life.
Abbey was just as important to me as my bridesmaids! When it comes to weddings she has basically become part of the family! When we talk about weddings everyone knows Abbey will be involved! Not only is she extremely talented with photography, but she is an amazing business woman and has the perfect balance of being professional and relatable. She gave helpful advice on planning the day, she was flexible throughout the whole set of events, she was reliable, but most of all she was FUN! There are a couple guys in my family who don’t like pictures. It made a world of difference to have Abbey there because she makes it so much fun, even the guys were relaxed and enjoyed it! It does wonders for your pictures when the photographer is able to connect with people so they look their most natural in the photos. And that is exactly why I chose Abbey! I feel like my pictures perfectly captured WHO we are as people and not just a wedding we planned. That means everything to me!
When it comes to picking a photographer, it is always a no brainer to pick Abbey. She has been there to capture my engagements, bridals, wedding day, and even pictures of my newborn. I wanted her to take our newborn pictures and didn't hesitate for one minute even though before she has primarily been a wedding photographer. I knew she would do the best job making us feel comfortable and capturing the pictures I would cherish forever. There's something so special about having a photographer there for all of the most important parts of your life. Abbey has a way of feeling more like family than a photographer. Plus- my husband doesn't really like getting family pictures taken and he has never once complained when it's Abbey taking them. And that alone worth it to book Abbey in my book! She is just the best!
I loved working with Abbey because she just made us feel comfortable. I remember when we were arriving for our engagements Chase was so nervous because he hates taking pictures, but Abbey made it such a casual, fun experience for him. I was also impressed on our wedding day that Abbey was able to just get things done. Having a large family on both sides can be hard to get all the group photos you want, but she just took control and got it done so fast, and the pictures still looked so so amazing! Abbey definitely has a way of capturing beautiful moments, and making them even more beautiful than you remembered.
Abbey is absolutely amazing! My husband and I were both nervous, but Abbey made it so easy! She helped us feel comfortable and gave us  direction so we could feel more natural in front of the camera. It really felt like we were just hanging out with a friend.We both have large families and I have seen family pictures outside of the temple take a really long time with other photographers. Abbey had no fear about working with the large group and took control comfortably and quickly. She knew the pictures I wanted and others that she knew I would want, and got it done efficiently without making it feel rushed. Abbey was also really helpful during the whole event and went above and beyond the responsibilities of a photographer in many ways. She helped me throughout the entire night and was there to keep me on track with the timeline I wanted. I can’t say enough about Abbey. She is so friendly, efficient, kind, talented, and willing to help in any way she can.  The whole AK Studio & Design team was the same. I never felt like a burden when I had questions and I always felt important when I contacted them. They were always so willing to help in any way they could. We gained some friends and can’t wait to keep going back as our family grows!
We love Abbey! Working with her was the absolute best decision we made.  Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, but Abbey truly was our saving grace! She took the time to organize and plan each detail to know what was important to us.  On such a whirlwind day, Abbey was so much more than our wedding photographer.  She ensured the flow and organization of the day so each minute was as smooth as possible....Abbey was by far the MVP of our wedding! Most importantly, we love our photos! Ryan and I were both nervous and reserved in front of a camera, but she helped us relax and we truly enjoyed every session with her. Abbey has a gift of capturing images that show the emotion we felt on our magical day.  We can't thank her enough for those beautiful moments we can now cherish forever.
Abbey is everything I wanted in a Wedding photographer & became my everything photographer!! She never fails to capture everything so perfectly! I love knowing my pictures will come back amazing & couldn't imagine having anyone else. I always look forward to our next session!
The wedding day was amazing for us! We had so many guests come up to us and say, "Who is your photographer? She is great! She is so good at getting everyone's attention and she is hilarious!" We loved that Abbey was an entertainer to our guests and captured ALL of our day. It has been a blast going back and reliving our day through the pictures she captured. Seriously, we LOVE our pictures. They are classic and will stay in style for many years to come.
Abbey was there from the beginning to end! She was able to see my vision for what I wanted and totally made it happen! Both me and my husband loved working with her because she was so fun to shoot with and helped us act completely natural and relaxed.
I've known Abbey since I was a freshman in high school and always knew I wanted her to photograph my wedding. She is such a genuine person, and makes taking photos a breeze. My husband, who doesn't necessarily LOVE pictures, really appreciated her coaching to make sure he was looking his best....because let's face it, no one wants to look bad in a photo, and Abbey makes sure that doesn't happen. I also love her ability to catch all those perfect moments between you and your favorite people so beautifully on camera. When I got my photos back from our wedding, all my thoughts and feelings about having Abbey be apart of our wedding were confirmed. She is the best of the best, and I couldn't have picked a more perfect photographer.
We first met Abbey when she did our engagements, bridals, and wedding photos four years ago; we became instant friends. It never ceases to amaze me how she can so effortlessly capture such precious moments in time. Thanks to her dedication for perfection, I now have many wonderfully captured memories that I will cherish for a lifetime.
I was so nervous before our engagements, because I am always so self conscious in front of the camera, but Abbey was great at helping us focus more on enjoying each other and just having fun than focusing on the actual picture taking. We got our first session images back and we were beyond pleased. They were perfect! And so many options! We had a hard time picking favorites because so many were wonderful. What we worried and stressed about for weeks turned out to be so great even though we didn't expect that because of our own issues. From there we had full confidence that Abbey would deliver more than we expected. She isn't only great at taking photos, but also was so helpful with keeping to the schedule we had planned and making sure we got everything we wanted and more. Though she was out of our price range, it was more than worth it to have such beautiful images that will last a lifetime. And it was truly a much better experience than I ever imagined. We love Abbey! Trenten is convinced we'll be hanging out  at Lagoon and Disneyland in the future with her :)
I loved working with Abbey!  I  appreciated that she took time from the very beginning to get to know us.  Even at our first meeting, she was very personable and helpful.  She asked great questions that helped me think about my expectations for the wedding photography.  She thoroughly answered all questions I had about how the wedding session.  It made my wedding day less stressful to know I was in good hands. Abbey was so great about making a schedule with us.  Trent and I wanted to start our wedding in the later afternoon.  This made our photography schedule really tight between our wedding and reception.  On our wedding day, Abbey Kyhl was so helpful in all the chaos.  She got the pictures that we wanted to save the memory of our special day.  I have such a large family that it can be tricky to get everyone’s attention and keep things moving smoothly but Abbey was prepared with the knowledge of the pictures I really wanted and she was so kind and fun through the whole process.  I had several friends and family member mention how impressed they felt with our photographer.   I  love each photo from my wedding.  I really appreciate the impressive skill and emotions that shine through our faces. I happily recommend Abbey to anyone!
Abbey Kyhl is the way to go no doubt. I value talent and Abbey is exactly that. She is very personable and fun to work with. She takes stress off the brides' shoulders and is much more than a photographer, but a friend!
I knew I wanted family pictures after our newborn arrived, and I was so excited to know that Abbey had an beautiful indoor studio where my kids, especially my newborn would be warm and comfortable. Family pictures can feel like such a daunting task with kids, especially when they are little. Within minutes of our session Abbey, put my mind at ease, she was so great with my kids and had them laughing. She is such a talented photographer. She was able to capture such precious moments of my little ones, their personalities show through in every photo. I am so happy with how they turned out.
Abbey is a dream! I can honestly say that there is no one else I would have rather shared this special time in my life with. Hiring her to shoot our wedding was hands down the best decision we have made. She is so much more than an amazing wedding photographer. She made sure everything was perfect and captured every little thing down to the last detail! All of our photos were absolutely stunning and she captured everything I could have ever imagined. I have gained a lifelong friend and I am so incredibly thankful that I had the privilege of working with her. I cannot recommend her enough! She is honestly, my absolute favorite!
Working with Abbey was fun, laid-back, and exciting all at the same time! My favorite part about working with Abbey was knowing that I was going to love the images she would capture. Her talent for making a connection with brides on a personal level and photographing beautifully makes her brand incredibly unique. Looking back through our wedding photos is like re-living our special day and it is priceless. I will recommend her to all future brides I come into contact with because I can trust that they will love their photos as much as I love mine.
I loved having Abbey as our photographer! In every session she made us feel so comfortable, so we were able to get shots that really showed who we were as a couple. And her edits are beautiful! We were so happy we chose someone who was able to capture every detail of our wedding day with such talent. The photos are priceless. If we had to do it over again, we would choose Abbey in a second!
I always dread getting my picture taken because I'm the worst at posing. I always feel awkward trying to look natural! Abbey was able to guide me with simple suggestions for shifting my weight, moving my head oh so slightly, or positioning my hands just so. It made all the difference! She also captured many photos that I actually liked, which I usually don't, in a very short amount of time. Professional and efficient...that's my kind of photo shoot!
We loved working with Abbey! My fiance was not looking forward to taking pictures, but she made it so fun and he really enjoyed our sessions with her! She took the time to figure out what style I was imagining, looked through my Pinterest wedding boards and got every photo I wanted! I love her clean photography style, and I love how our wedding photos will look timeless for years to come. After the wedding day, we got several comments from friends and relatives about how impressed they were with how she handled the wedding day. I've heard of group pictures being really stressful with so many people at the temple, but I was never stressed! She was organized, orderly, and knew the most efficient ways to get all of the group pictures done quickly without confusion. Thank you so much for the wonderful experience!
These ladies know what they are doing. It was so easy from start to finish.  We felt very comfortable with Abbey.  She is so likable and gets the job done! She has a great eye and attention to detail! Thank you so much!
From all the wedding advice I received upon my engagement the best by far was to be selective about your wedding photographer. While some things only last for the 'big day' your pictures will last forever. My husband and I could not have been more thrilled working with Abbey and the memories we received. She was a blast to work with and set our minds at ease during stressful moments. We knew we could count on her. We had some newly blended families at our wedding and we were so impressed with Abbey and the time she took before hand to know who was who and not make anything awkward. We love her and can't wait to work with her again!
I love Abbey's style of photography - so full of light and happy couples! So when she was available for my wedding, I was so excited! I was very impressed by how organized she was from the beginning to the end, and how she took the time to make sure we were prepared for pictures so everything would run smoothly. She was great to work with and even made it enjoyable for my husband, who doesn't love pictures. Our engagements and bridals turned out beautifully. On our wedding day, it rained and snowed hard. Abbey got everyone in and out of pictures quickly. She let me borrow her gloves and umbrella, and even had her husband pull up our car for us after so that we wouldn't have to walk to it in the rain. At the reception, she helped make sure we got to each activity in a timely manner, and captured them all. I love how she takes beautiful pictures to capture your best memories, but she is so much more than just a photographer.
When I was trying to decide on a wedding photographer, all I had to do was look at Abbey's pictures to know that there was something special about her. As the day of our first shoot approached, I was nervous because I'm not an experienced picture taker and I didn't want that to show. My worrying was pointless though! Abbey has an incredible gift of making you feel so comfortable and beautiful while she's working. Our pictures captured our true relationship because it was so easy to instantly open up to her. That's the magic behind Abbey's talent. When she takes a picture, she captures the emotion behind it. That is a priceless gift and I will forever be grateful to Abbey for giving us such clear memories of how we felt before and during our wedding, not just the things we did. She is incredible!
I have used Abbey as my photographer for 10 years and I love every session more than the last. I love that my photos are both current and timeless. Abbey makes the sessions seem stress free, but her attention to detail is unparalleled.
Wow, Abbey did it again! And to be honest, I'm not surprised at all. I have been using Abbey as my photographer since I got married, 4 years ago. I am NEVER disappointed in her, her company, or the quality of the pictures. I absolutely love that she offers mini-sessions. My last 3 photo-shoots (Newborn pictures, my family pictures, and my in-law family pictures) have all been mini-shoots and all of them turned out wonderfully! It was the perfect amount of time; I mean lets be honest, husbands & kids do not do well on picture day! Abbey is great about managing her time and getting the job done! Basically, all I need to say is, HIRE ABBEY! You will not be disappointed and I can promise you that you'll hire her again.
Abbey and her team are so organized and were so attentive to how I envisioned my photos to turn out.  Abbey made it very easy to be ourselves in front of the camera. On top of it, the editing is beautiful. Thank you! We love our pictures so much.
Abbey was the best photographer we’ve ever had!  It was such a treat to have her take our family pictures! She made a normally stressful day so fun! We will definitely have her take our pictures again!
I absolutely love the laid back nature of our family photos and how comfortable Abbey made us feel. Nothing about our photos came back looking still or posed and I am so excited about every image! I was so nervous that our little ones wouldn't cooperate but Abbey used the rambunctious energy to her advantage and captured their personalities perfectly. I was able to totally relax and let my toddler participate when he felt like it and as a result we got more amazing images than I ever expected.


What are some of the best lessons you are learning from your kids?

This girl right here is teaching me all about how easy it is to make friends in the world. She literally makes friends everywhere she goes. On one than more occasion she has sat down next to someone she’s never met before and said, “Hi! I’m Ivy. We’re going to be friends.” I pulled up to her preschool the other day and there were a handful of kids quietly standing by their parents, nervously waiting to go in. She bounced out of the car and ran over to them and they all ran up to her, “Ivy! Ivy! Ivy!” Within seconds they were all laughing and giggling and having fun.

The girls in this photo we’d never met. We just went for a family day at the beach and she gathered them all up from spots near us and they all started playing together.

I love that about her. She is literally friends with everyone. She loves everyone and she has a way of making everyone feel included and important. I hope she realizes what a gift that is and stays that way forever.

So what types of things do you see in your kids you want to emulate? By the way I could play this game all day. I don’t know how I got so lucky to have such great kids.

#kindness #friendship #shethatseeks #christlikelove #christian #friendshipgoals
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It’s so easy for social media and our time online to become a negative element of our lives. It affects our mood, our confidence, and can affect our self worth.

I have been teaching a ton this summer to groups all over the place about how we can be more wise in the time we spend on technology and I wanted to share one of my favorite things that I have been doing.

I started this awhile ago and it has helped me feel the goodness that can come from social media. I’m a big believer that we are in each other’s lives for a reason. There is a reason God connected us, even if the connection is social media.

He wants us to take care of each other. Love each other. Serve each other. There’s a reason you are reading this and I’m grateful you are here.

So I started doing what I’m going to call Scroll to Serve. What I do is each day I try to reach out to five people. Some days it’s my Instagram followers, some days it’s my Facebook friends, other days it’s just people in my phone contacts. But I just quickly scroll and I just let things land where they do. I truly believe God picks the people. Then I reach out to those five people. I leave a positive compliment on something they are doing in their life. I send them a message just to let them know I was thinking about them. Sometimes I just even tell them I love a photo they took. I just do whatever I feel is right to truly connect with them and let them know someone is thinking about them and someone sees them.

It has been surprising how many people respond. Especially when I message people. We live in a world of “alone together” and this little bit of contact is like a breath of fresh air to what can sometimes be a very lonely place.

So there you go #scrolltoserve. Maybe you want to join. I’d love you to. Imagine if just 1% of my followers joined in today and reached out to 5 people. That’s 62 people who could serve and love 310 people today. And if just 1% of us did it for the next week that is 2170 people that we could reach.

And maybe if you feel inspired to you could share this idea today on your account. Or tag a friend below. Imagine what we could all do together to just #sharegoodness.
John 14:27 is one of my favorite scriptures. Its the scripture I read at my moms memorial after she took her own life.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

This scripture helped my heart heal and as I have been seeking to grow closer to Christ I have been spending more time with His word. I have had so many people share their favorite scriptures with me.

Will you share yours? Tell me why you love it!

#shethatseeks #scriptureshare #scriptures #faith #hisword
First off, I wished I could personally hug everyone who sent so much love for my post yesterday. Wow!!!
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This quote has been one that I have been clinging to so much lately as we have been exploring new paths. God has a plan. God knows where we are going. I feel like one of my kids in the backseat of the car, “Where are we going? Are we there yet? How much longer?”
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I look back on where we were a year ago and I can’t even believe it. Last year my team and I were drowning in brides and clients. This year it is much quieter. We have referred 90% of people out while we sit in this season of seeking.
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There is a lot that I’m not certain of...”am I still a photographer?” seems to be the biggest question people are wondering. I keep telling most people “ask me in January”. That’s the best answer I’ve got. I’ve said yes to a few things that made my heart feel alive, but I’ve turned away a lot too because it didn’t feel right. So that’s all I have for you.
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I know God knows where we are going and for the first time in a really long time it feels great to be slowing my pace and leaning into some uncertainty. I have felt more confident about the things I am saying yes to than I have in years. And I’m excited to share the few things on my plate in the coming days.
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But for now I’m trying to be patient and trying to enjoy the scenery and this season of my life.
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So tell me, how do you “let go and let God?”
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#letgo #letgoletgod #shethatseeks #ldsliving #christian #enjoytheride #patience #uncertainty #slowingmypace #makingspace #lds #mormon #dailyquotes #quoteoftheday @angiesmith19
So. Here goes. This is scary. I’m full of nerves to put this out there.
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For months now, I have had a prompting in my heart that I needed to do more to live my faith. To not just be strong in my heart, but to also be strong in my voice.
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About two years ago, I had two experiences (one in my family and one in my church) that majorly put me out of step in who I was. It was like I could hear Gods voice, but He was down the hall in another room and the door was closed. He was there but His voice was muffled.
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Finding my way through those trials has stretched me. It has stretched my relationships and stretched my faith. And more than anything it has pushed me to find answers for myself.
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To seek a greater faith. To seek the ability to forgive and be forgiven. To seek to get out of my own way and let the atonement work in my life. To seek to learn to recognize where true joy comes from. To seek to better understand His word. To seek to serve others so I could be healed through them.
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I have spent a lot of time doing all that “seeking” alone. Just me and my Savior...and maybe a few close friends, you know who you are 💛
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But this summer I have been changed and my life has been changed and I have felt a strong impression that others are seeking things in their lives too. And maybe, just maybe, the best way to find the answers, healing, and growth we need is together.
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So I’m taking the first step to doing that. I know without out a doubt I still have so far to go and that so many of you out there and your words and wisdom are the answers to my prayers. Maybe I might be able to help you too.
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I’ve had a few people ask me what She That Seeks “is”. And I don’t have that answer yet. Maybe it will be nothing more than me trying to #sharegoodness and put my testimony out in the world. Maybe God has other plans. We shall see. I have spent a lot of time studying and searching and praying and pondering and I have a lot to share that I hope will uplift you in the same way it has me. So this is the first step...let’s see where God guides. #shethatseeks #faithfilled #lds
#mormon #christian #ldsliving #ctr #mormonmom #faith #JesusChrist #BecauseofHim
✨Where can I go for peace?✨ Summer is my favorite time of year. So much energy, so much noise, so much laughter and chaos and joy. I love it all. I love having my kids home. But it can also be a really hard time of year when there are literally no breaks in the day. We have been running like crazy since summer started with baseball and the beach and a million other adventures. It’s been amazing and wonderful and I feel like my cup is overflowing with wonderful summer memories.
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But there is also the bit of me that needs a break, needs some quiet, needs some space to think and get some things done.
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Well today I did the best thing I’ve done for M Y S E L F all summer. I came to the study area of the library.
Air conditioning ✅
Quiet ✅
Good WiFi ✅
Stillness ✅
Great light ✅
Beautiful surroundings ✅
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It’s exactly what I needed. I’ve been able to write, think, read, ponder, and most important just be alone and be still. I told my husband, I feel like I reset my soul in those few hours. So yeah...the library. Pass it on to all your “on-the-verge-of-losing-their-marbles” mom friends.
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#library #peace #quiet #stillness #bestill #findpeace #momlife #lds #mormon
Red, white, and beach bum 🇺🇸✌🏻 #happyfourth #fourthofjuly #bearlake
Finally...☀️🏖
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#bearlake #summer #beachlife #teamkyhl #childhoodunplugged
Ivy is obsessed with Meghan Markle. She loves her and always loves to see pictures of her. She is also obsessed with fascinators but that’s a whole other story. Well, when I saw @kezieloo at a recent wedding I had to get a photo with her. I showed it to Ivy and she flipped!
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“You met Princess Meghan!!! Oh mom, I wished I could have been there. I sure like her shoes.”
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So cute! Thanks @kezieloo for being willing to pretend to be a duchess for a minute 👧🏼❤️👸🏽 #meghanmarkle #duchessofsussex #princessmeghan
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p.s. this is what a photographer looks like after a long, hot, exhausting wedding day 😬
According to @facebook, today’s my birthday. I’d like to say I’m one year older and wiser too but that totally depends on the minute. I remember when my mom was in her late thirties I thought she was so old. Most days I feel like I’m a kid who someone thought could raise kids 😂😂😂 but I’m so grateful for all that my life has become and all the wonderful people in it. My family is off today playing...yep, you guessed it baseball ⚾️ and I’m sitting in the Minneapolis airport working on my presentation for @pinnersconf! Can’t wait to head over and chat with all the ladies about how we can be more time and tech wise in our families! And thanks to everyone who has called, texted, sang to me, messaged and shared the love. I told my brother this morning one of my favorite things is when people just text “Happy Birthday” because your phone blows up with balloons 🎈🎈🎈🎈 love it! It’s going to be a great day #happybirthdaytome #pinnersconference #dealingwithdigitaldistractions #sevensummers
She believes in magic. She believes in fairies. She believes in happiness. She believes in joy. She is a bouncing ball of everything I love in this world. She is the light in any room. And today...we got to chase the fairies, cast spells that make others smile, and find her a unicorn. When I asked her what her favorite part of the Fairy Festival was she said “all of it”. I felt exactly the same way. @gardnervillage #fairyfestival #bethegood
When he sees this picture he will probably hate it. But when I see it, I love it because I see all the love and joy that she will feel for this picture someday. Look at her face. Look how happy she is to be with him. My kids are so lucky to have a dad who shows up and who is right in the middle of whatever they think is fun. Cannon balls at the pool, jumping off the high dive, water fights, tag, dunk contests, every sport imaginable, ball in the backyard and so much more. He is everything I hoped my kids would have in a dad. The hundreds of hours he spends at baseball practices (not to mention that he never misses a game), going to tutoring twice a week, reading princess stories and tucking in our sassy girl at least a dozen times a night. He always shows up. They are so lucky and I’m so grateful. Not to mention he’s great at dad jokes and always keeps us laughing. 😂💛 #happyfathersday #worldsgreatestdad @tysonkyhl
It’s crazy and chaotic and busy and stressful and some days are just enough to make me lose my mind. But some days, like today, I just sit and look at these people and I can’t even contain my gratitude for them and the fact that they are all mine. Its more than my heart can handle. 💛💛💛 #myfavorites #teamkyhl #familiescanbetogetherforever #family
On Sunday night, the youth of the #lds church were challenged to “disengage from social media” for seven days. This challenge was extended to all of us, not just the youth and I think could not have come at a better time.
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I love what @work.and.wonder said on their Instagram profile. “Here’s our opportunity to righteously respond, willingly submit, and exercise self-restraint.”
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There is good to be found on social media, but also so much good can come to our minds, our bodies and our spirits when we put down our phones and feeds and make an active effort to be present in our lives and give ourselves a break. I know for me I have three kids home soaking up each second of my time and attention. Yesterday we had an awesome day of water balloon fights and baseball games and never once did I wish to be on my phone. My biggest goal this summer is to be present in my life, and this challenge seems like the perfect kick in the pants to get me started.
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I also want to challenge others to join me, and I think we all should do that. Let this be a group effort and let us support each other. So I challenge @tysonkyhl @biancamadsen_ @morganslade_ @saltldsretreat @amanda_anderson_beautiful_life and @tinafbrown 💛💛💛
One of the biggest blessings of her life (and mine) will always be him. She couldn’t have gotten more lucky to have him as a brother. I got sick in the night. Like can’t get out of bed, thought I was going to die sick and I just woke up to find that he had made her breakfast and totally taken care of her before he left for school so I could sleep for a bit. I don’t know what we did to deserve this boy but I am so incredibly grateful for him. #bestbrother
Only two more days and they are all mine for three months 🙌🏻😎☀️ #cantwait #bringonsummer #schoolsout #bucketlist