Just throwing this out there. If someone were to deliver warm cookies and fountain soft drinks to Eagle Mountain, UT after 8pm....they might be millionaires and heroes. Because apparently my self control is realll weak after the sun goes down.
If ever I adopted myself into a family it would be this one. One year on the 4th of July while my husband was deployed I drove to Central Utah just to be somewhere other than alone. I met up with my brother and sister in law who then invited us over to the Cook home. There we were greeted as if they knew we were coming along. I remember driving home and feeling so grateful for people who are in our lives that show us love (especially when we really need it), who teach us by example, and bolster us up. So because I just love them all and I couldn't choose here's a whole lotta' awesome packed into a few squares.
In a series of phone calls to his wife, Tom Burnett pieced together a haunting puzzle. He had just witnessed someone being stabbed on his flight after which men in red bandanas forced all the passengers to the back of the plane. In hushed tones the frightened strangers of flight 93 called their loved ones, they learned of the World Trade Centers and then solemnly sorted through the details in whispers until they quietly came to the realization that their current reality was a mirror of a similar fate. “Ok. There’s a group of us and we’re going to do something,” were the last words Tom Burnett uttered to his wife despite her plea to stay still. A plane full of ordinary people concluded their earthly mission while engaging in the most heroic of acts. The narrative shifted, a new story was written. The infamous day of my generation, though tragic and devastating inspired the sun to rise on a new morning. The light illuminated a movement- a people who did something. Strangers held the hands of those longing for loved ones lost in the carnage. First responders ran into literal chaos while the masses were retreating. Lines were blurred, the utterance of once overpowering differences was silenced. Recruiting stations were flooded.  Little boys and girls were watching. They grew up. They vowed to “do something.” Our generation’s day of infamy is not defined by September 11th… it is the story of September 12th- a day filled with acts of doing by those who were reminded that the only thing that matters is our ability and duty to love one another. A little boy who watched the towers fall that day made this box soon after. Today he is engaged in a valiant effort of doing. Never forgetting means always doing something. We have to find that spirit of unity again. Our children are watching. #neverforget
Me... after the guy at the gas station asked me why I didn't workout today (because I was wearing normal pants).
Making others feel like they belong is a noble feat, BUT showing others that they belong is a gift given to those whose hearts are courageously imperfect, vulnerable, and whole. I've told this beautiful friend that she needs to write a book... because boy could we all learn from a heart like her’s. ❤

Morgan Slade

I chase authenticity just as passionately as I chase light.I am fluent in tantrums, a champion of bathroom emergencies and I’ve got Daniel Tiger songs for just about every major life scenario. I promise to never put you in a box and to capture your family in such a way that shows the world your truth. Let’s write your story together.


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They say it better than we ever could..

I have gone with local photographers to take family photos, since there was a family to take photos of. But there was always something missing from those photos, and thats when I stumbled upon Morgan’s photography. It was so genuine, I could feel the love emanating from images, I felt like I knew these people being photographed because how real, raw and beautifully captured they were. All of a sudden I knew Morgan was going to be the one to capture my family, my daughters grumpiness and dislike for the camera but her love for her dad. My sons vogue style poses and silly demeanor. And the love that I had for my littles and the love I had for our family. It could all be captured, and felt. Something as important as my children personalities that will fade and grow all at the same time, but in these photos I can look back and know exactly what we felt right then and there. I will return to Morgan over and over.
Our family has worked with Morgan a few times now and I love that I can be confident in the photos we will get back simply because she brings out the best in everyone there. She’s personable and funny and down to earth, which allows her clients to feel comfortable to be themselves. There’s something about her more candid style that brings out the love and reminds you why you’re wild about your family in the first place, and that love is so perfectly captured in her beautiful photos. Not only do you walk away with a stunning product, but you also have the memory of a special experience with the people you love. I always leave a shoot with Morgan with so much happiness in my heart and excitement to work with her again.
Using Morgan for our photos was (and is) THE best decision for capturing memories of our family. Morgan’s talent for capturing the right shot is incredible-- she’s got that knack and that feeling to make it just right. She constantly makes us feel like we are the most beautiful family in the world--shot after shot. She is so child-friendly and so full of fantastic ideas. Morgan is who I turn to time and time again as my children grown. Her photography is what I hang on my wall to remember each state of our beautifully documented life.
The hardest part of this entire session was finding a date that worked for all 28 of our crazy and fun family. After that, AK Studio worked their magic. They communicated every need and professional tip up until picture day. Morgan was amazing to work with and felt like family as she worked through individual pics, couple pics, family pics and a big group photo. We laughed. We joked. We teased. And she kept her camera ready. She felt like family as we walked away, and then we saw her vision and magic when the photos were ready. How do you thank someone that captured life and light and family!? We’re grateful, and we will be back!
I love how easy it is to get comfortable with Morgan. She is sweet and funny. She works very good with the kids and I love her personality you can't help but laugh and have a smile on your face the whole session cause of her fun outgoing personality.
Morgan is the best! She is not only amazingly talented, she is one of the most incredible people I have ever met.  She is fun, kind, thoughtful, talented, and patient. She has taken our family pictures three times and they have come out beautiful and every time.  I have a young and unique family.  Two boys, ages five and four and a little girl, age 2.  My two boys are also on the Autism Spectrum.  They have a hard time making eye contact with the camera. These unique and special little beings make taking pictures an extra fun challenge for all involved and while it is stressful, I absolutely love the chaos of it.  Thankfully, Morgan knows just how to match their energy and chaos with her excitement, playfulness, patience, and understanding.  Her ability to do this allows their fun and energetic personalities to be captured in every shot.  I have treasured pictures of my kids in a playful choke hold with each other, dancing, rolling down hills, being tossed in a blanket, and playing superheroes. 
Morgan was very flexible and kind to work with my crazy schedule. She switched my session for me and I couldn't thank her enough. This team is very professional and I felt like I could trust them and that my pictures would be worth the money spent. I would like other clients to know that the mini sessions are a steal and just right for annual pictures. When picking my proofs, they looked beautiful before even being edited. I've been wanting to try a mini session for a year and I am so glad I jumped on this season, so excited to get my edited pictures back!
I loved how easy you guys are to work with.  All email communication was very prompt and informative. When I had questions or concerns, they were immediately addressed. Everyone I interacted with was very kind and professional. I even had to reschedule because of a death in the family and Morgan could not have been more gracious and kind. Overall, it's been a fantastic experience!
Everyone I talked with or emailed was very polite, friendly and professional. I really appreciated the survey I filled out about our family so you may get to know us before the session. Everything went very smoothly. Transactions were done in a timely manner.  Our photographer, Morgan, was very friendly, talented, creative and her pictures were very unique. Editing was very prompt. You won’t regret working with AK Studio & Design!
We love our photographer!! Through many years of me torturing my family with pictures, Morgan has made the experience fun and happy.  They know she will be efficient and timely.  I love the way the photos reflect our families true silliness.  The environment is relaxed and allows for us to just be happy. They get a natural smile and honestly it's an enjoyable hour.  I love the results.  We keep coming back year after year.
Morgan has taken our family pictures the past two years and not only are the photos spectacular, they also do any awesome job at wrangling kids and taking great candid shots which are my favorite. She is accommodating, fun and kind!
The fact that we arrived at our destination 15 minutes early and Morgan was already there was telling. It felt that she was just as excited about taking our pictures as we were! We had a tight schedule and that was perfect for us.  After the initial greetings we took off down the path (at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, UT), and Morgan noticed that there happened to be a LOT of construction going on there. Quite a few of her favorite places had been closed off. That did not stop her though, she just kept walking until she reached a spot that was available and got to work! Morgan engaged my children and was able to showcase their personalities very well. She even got my stubborn 3 year old to dance and smile when neither myself nor my husband could. She was so patient when I felt like I might lose my cool, which in turn kept me patient. I am very pleased with the end results, especially seeing the beautiful way my children were portrayed. I will definitely have Morgan as our photographer again in the future.
Our session was really great! Morgan captured each one of our family members at their best. She knows just how to get real genuine smiles and moments that tell a story of who we really are as a family and as individuals. I appreciated her knowledge and experience as you can see as the result of our photography session.  The lighting, location and moments were perfect. She truly embraced the personalities of each of our children and even had a way of getting my husband and I to truly enjoy the moment. I absolutely love our pictures! My favorite moments captured were of my husband and I in a true moment of joy showing our admiration for each other.  Also, my children doing the things they love.  I appreciate that Morgan embraced our personalities and didn’t try making us do poses or things that weren’t like us. She was very observant in discovering the natural tendencies of each of us. Thank you so much for a great session and especially capturing our joy!


Made it to Texas! First stop Denton!
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So excited for the next five days of speaking to youth and families about how we can be more time wise with our technology ❤️💙
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Oh and I thought I understood heat because Utah is a Deseret but yeah, no. Utah has nothing on Texas 🔥🙅🏼‍♀️
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I still have a few dates open in Utah and Arizona if you want me to come speak to your group ✌🏻Just message me.
The last few months some crazy things have happened that have changed me so much. I’ve found myself at so many crossroads and I’ve found myself taking time to pause and just listen and be guided. It has led me to some pretty amazing places I wouldn’t have maybe chosen for myself but that I really needed.
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I’ve also tried really hard in my life and my business to really listen for promptings from God on what I should do. I’ve owned a business for 12 years and I’ve never relied so much before on those promptings as I am now.
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It’s been interesting what has happened. Earlier this year as I was planning out my marketing plans I had an overwhelmingly strong feeling that Instagram didn’t need to be a part of it for us to find success. So we listened and shut down our photography Instagram account. I held my breathe on that decision. But then something amazing happened. Well actually nothing happened. Our inquiries didn’t stop or slow and our business kept growing. It didn’t need Instagram.
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And now here I am again feeling like it’s time to let go even more. We started our #prayseekserverepeat challenge and I totally thought this little platform would be essential to it, but instead our FB group has flourished and become this amazing little community that I am loving.
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The last few weeks as we have been planning business things for 2019, I have felt this urging to step back from Instagram even more. I was so unsure about that but then our Pinterest account hit 600k monthly viewers and our Facebook exposure has been flourishing. Everyday all these things were happening that showed me I can do all the things I want to do without being actively engaged in Instagram.
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@tysonkyhl and I were talking last night about what is important for our family and what we want us to become and the reality of life is we both spend too much time with our phones in our hands. So in order to be a more present person who has more time to be face-to-face with the people I love, I’m stepping away from the ‘gram a bit. I’m not deleting it but I’d like to live a life that doesn’t include a daily dose of Instagram. So here goes...see on FB friends 👋🏻👋🏻
Last first day of preschool. How did that happen? 😥 I can’t believe how much this girl is growing up. She has more energy and light in her than anyone I’ve ever met. I can’t wait to watch her take on this year and then the world 💛💛💛 #dogoodbekind
It’s this guys birthday. But instead of celebrating him, I’m in bed 🤢. Boo. Nobody should be sick when it’s somebody you love’s birthday. Looks like I am going to have to fulfill his birthday wish...which if you know what he asked for last year 😳🙈 #prayforme
Ditching all my responsibilities to have a super fun day with my girl and her favorite friends 💛
Don’t mind me...I’m just sitting here bawling like a crazy person. 😭😭😭Most people that know me a bit think I’m this super confident, independent, take charge type. But those who really know me, know that I only have the ability to ever be any of those things because of this guy.
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He’s truly the reason I can do anything in this world and right now he’s gone. It’s pathetic what a mess I become when he’s away. I fall apart. And of course then I feel terrible because I think, “I should be nicer, kinder and more loving to him when he is around.”
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The last few days there have been so many times I just wanted to talk to him because I knew he would know what to say. I miss all his jokes and sarcasm. We had a super emotional day yesterday with baseball and I know it probably wouldn’t have even been an issue if he had been around. Even my kids are feeling it. We just don’t work without him.
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He was able to come home today for a few hours and it seemed like the world was just set right. When he left my little eight year old started crying and said, “I just feel happier when we are all together.”...me too buddy, me too.
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Later I was thinking how I can’t be myself without him. I can’t be the mom I want to be, I can’t be the friend I want to be, I can’t even be the business owner I want to be. I just feel less and I feel like we just have to hunker down and brave the storm until he comes home.
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As I was thinking about how much I miss him and how much he makes the world right for our family, it occurred to me that Christ has the power to do that same thing in our lives. He has the power to make the world right for us.
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The last two years have been such a faith growing experience for me and I have learned more than ever that I also can’t be who I want to be without His guiding influence in my life. The closer I come to Christ, the more I truly feel like I am who I am supposed to be. And especially in these times when I’m a mess of a mom and can’t call on my husband, He is there, just waiting for me to seek His help and comfort.
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#shethatseeks
4 games ⚾️ 8+ hours ⚾️ Saturday well spent
My plan today...#prayforhawaii
If you see me over the next five days just know that my husbands out of town (#huntingwidow), my schedule is over booked (#wedding #work #baseball #baseball #baseball), my kids and I are living off fast food (#littlecaesars #inandoutburger #wendys #mcdonalds) and I’m running on empty (#ineedanap)...but it’ll be all good and I’m determined to keep this smile on my face. Even if I’m faking it a bit 🤪 and totally losing my marbles on the inside!
Help this boy out! Look how cute he is, how can you say no. All this boy wants is to do a fantasy football league. But apparently you need more than five people to make it fun...so who wants to invite us or join us or whatever (I have no clue how it actually works) and make this guy happy?? C’mon! #fantasyfootball #idontgetit #cluelessmom
The further into this 100-Day Challenge I get and the more I see others serving one another, the more incredibly clear this message becomes to me.
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The most important and impactful service that we provide to others is genuinely caring for and loving them. Talking to them. Reaching out to them. It really does come down to “mastering the art of awareness.” Seeing people and seeing how we can help and fill their cup.
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Because I jumped into this challenge I have been actively looking for examples throughout my day of service and they are everywhere. We live in a world that would have you believe that goodness is gone, but that just isn’t true. There is so much goodness, so much love...we just have to be seeking it.
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We have to see the value of people who ask questions about how we are doing. The kindness that comes from the person who holds the door open for us or the lady who stops her car to let us merge in. We have to see all these tiny connections we have with each other that are done out of love and the goodness of people.
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And we have to never forget that in our busy world, that can sometimes crush us with the overwhelm, that we can give a minute here and a minute there to love others and it counts, and it matters, and it’s important.
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#shethatseeks #prayseekserverepeat #100daychallenge #littlebylittle #thomassmonson #ldsliving #christian
Yesterday was so busy pouring into people that I forgot to post our countdown image 🙈 but getting this morning started off right!
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We are 10% of the way through our 100-day challenge and I have loved seeing so many people rising to the challenge. Whenever I speak to groups I always ask, “How can we be 10% better in our lives?”.
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Ten percent is so achievable! And yet it is still progress. Forward is forward. Small steps add up. So let’s be 10% better today!!!! 10% more aware of those around us 💛💛💛 Here’s to a great day!!!!
So I had this thought yesterday. I love running numbers and figuring out possibilities. If 1000 people joined the 100-Day Challenge and served 100 people during the challenge that would result in 100,000 people served!
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Wouldn't that be amazing?
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And there are so many ways that we can serve more than one person a day. Like doing indexing that could be 100 people at one time!!!! Or last night my friend @tinafbrown and her YW left notes on cars at the temple so I am sure they sent love to dozens of people. @madebykate_ had a pregnant friend and her son over for dinner, there's three served. My friend, Tenille, stopped to help a family on a bike ride and then mowed a neighbors lawn. @teilaj invited her mother in law to join the challenge. @debbielaughlinwriterphotog spent the day spreading smiles and kindness to everyone she came in contact with. @amanda_anderson_beautiful_life let her kids get a cat after begging for it for a long time. @_elisecurtis is doing some awesome giveaways for seats to @saltldsretreat ! Sharing one of the quotes we are sending to everyone would #sharegoodness to everyone that is in your social media world. On Sunday my family delivered cookies to at least 10 homes. My kids took school supplies to their school yesterday which serves their teachers and the students who will receive them. This morning I prayed for Hawaii and all the families that are in the path of the Hurricane.
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It adds up so quickly. So can we do this? I think we can!!!!
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If you need ideas download our free idea guide. And if you really want to stay connected and get lots of great ideas come join our FB group! Both links are in my bio! #prayseekserverepeat #shethatseeks #service #100daychallenge
I’ve found myself tearing up all morning. I’ve never done this before when the kiddos head off to school. I’ve always gladly sent them off and been excited and ready to get back my time and schedule.
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Maybe it’s because it’s the boys last year together in school and I worry how that will affect their relationship and how incredibly close they are.
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Maybe it’s because it’s Jackson’s last year of elementary school and I hate that he’s growing up.
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Maybe it’s because I have absolutely loved having them home. I’ve loved how much we’ve talked and how close we’ve become. Especially Jackson. He’s gone from a little kid to a young man and I love who he is becoming.
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Maybe it’s because a year ago I made my #sevensummers goal to build a life that would allow even more time off from work and make Jackson’s last seven summers of childhood amazing...and we did it. We had an amazing summer full of so much. My cup is overwhelming from so much amazing summer. I am so in love with what this summer has been for us.
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So here I sit, with eyes full, because holy moly I am going to miss these kids so much.
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😢 #backtoschool #stopgrowingup #slowdown #sevensummers #summertime #sixthgrade #preschool #thirdgrade
Prayer is one of the most simple and yet powerful ways we can love each other. Hurricane Lane is heading towards Hawaii and I hope that today we can all include the people that are there in our prayers. God can move mountains, He can certainly move hurricanes too. #staysafe @natalienorton’s family, @brookeflanaganphotos, @vanessahicksphotography, @jane_johnson and everyone else in the storms path. 💛🌬🙅🏼‍♀️ #hurricanelane #prayforhawaii #serviceinseconds #shethatseeks
Today just flew by. What a great day celebrating my boy and his birthday and getting ready to send my boys off to school tomorrow.
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I have to just share one of the highlights from today. There is a widower in our ward that a few months ago we felt prompted to start visiting with our cookie wagon. We were nervous to reach out to him because we had never even said a word to him before ever.
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But those cookies turned into casual hellos at church, then him sharing vegetables with us from his garden. Then visits in his home in Sunday’s to get to know each other better. Which brought us to today. Our cute, wonderful widower friend called to wish Jackson a happy birthday. I was teary eyed listening to them talk to each other on the phone. We are forming such a sweet friendship with this neighbor that I am so grateful for...and it all started with a little bag of some “okay” cookies and a hopeful heart.
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I feel so blessed by all the ways Heavenly Father is adding to our lives and the people He is bringing into it. #prayseekserverepeat #shethatseeks #100daychallenge #service #loveoneanother
☀️ The future is bright ☀️
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One of my biggest goals with the #prayseekserverepeat challenge is to get my kids involved in serving others and to start to seek out ways they can be helpful.
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My DNA made me susceptible to depression and anxiety, which means theirs does too. It’s more likely than not that at some point they will face all those same emotions. But even though sometimes it is nearly impossible, serving others has been like a healing balm in my life for those emotions that can so easily overtake me. It can be a glimmer of light on a dark day.
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Today we took some extra supplies to our new teachers and a little welcome to our new principal. I asked Jackson how he felt after and he said, “It makes me feel really happy to serve and help.” Let’s hope he remembers that as he gets ready to start a new school year tomorrow. 😎✌🏻#shethatseeks #service #100daychallenge #serviceheals #firstobservethenserve