Iorg Family | Thanksgiving Point Family Photography

Everyone needs a friend like Meredith (I call her Mer) and Lane. Literally, these two and their three sweet kids hold a very special place in my heart. They are the kind of friends you call in the crisis either for help, advice or just a good laugh. Mer is one of the most thoughtful persons on the planet and she is always aware of those around her. She also likes music from the 90s so anytime we soda (or Target) cruise in her car, we always bump some great beats (this is probably the real reason we are friends).

Meredith is a great mom and her children undoubtedly know they are loved. Lane is a great dad, great leader, and a great friend. A true test of friendship lies in whether or not both families in their entirety can hang out together without blood, vomit, or fire (talking mostly about the children here). I’m happy to report (while knocking on wood) that we’ve managed to go throughout the years with our children still intact.

I might be the most blessed gal in the whole world. I literally have the most amazing friends that define what it means to be one’s “sister’s,” keeper. I love the Iorg family. I’m so happy for the opportunity I have had to witness the genuine and kind people they are and unbelievably grateful to have been blessed by their kindness and examples.

Their sessions took place in the middle of a huge storm. Luckily the rain stopped for just enough time to enable us to get some great shots. I love shooting at Thanksgiving Point. The curated gardens and carefully maintained landscape made for the perfect backdrop in documenting some of my very favorite people. I hope you enjoy viewing the Iorg Family.

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He’s getting it.
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This week we had parent teacher conferences. Sixth graders prepare power point presentations to show off all the things they are learning and accomplishing at school.
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They also have slides where they share about themselves and things they love, are interested in, and are important for them.
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He came to a slide that said, “The most important thing I want to do this year.”
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It could have been get good grades. It could have been win the spelling bee. It could have been to win fantasy football. It could have been to be the best pitcher on his baseball team. It could have been anything.
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His said: @dogood.bekind, make a difference.
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Of course, my momma heart swelled with pride for him. And I realized in that moment that he’s getting it.
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Earlier this year, I encouraged him to put a @dogood.bekind sticker on his binder. A daily reminder to @bethenicekid.
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To reach out to others. Make others feel included. To let kindness be his trademark. And he’s getting it.
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I look at this boy and can’t believe who he is becoming. When he was just little I felt prompted as a mother to make kindness and brotherly love something that embodies who he is. In some ways it comes so naturally to him. In others he’s making the effort. But he’s getting it.
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And he isn’t just getting it. He’s setting an example to those around him. I see his influence in our family when he helps when he doesn’t want to. When he plays with his little sister and loves on her. When he doesn’t even think twice about letting his little brother tag along. In his friend group when he thinks of others, let’s them choose, and includes everyone. In his young men’s group when he reaches out to those who might feel like they don’t fit in. To the widows in our neighborhood when he makes an effort to visit with them. On his baseball team, when he cheers them on and is happy for their successes.
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He’s getting it. Life is full of so many things that don’t matter. But it’s also full of so many things that do. He doesn’t know it but he’s building a legacy of friendship and kindness.
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Loving others, being the nice kid, truly will be his trademark. 💛
I’m heading to AZ tomorrow to speak at a conference. When I was saying goodnight to her tonight I asked her if she was going to miss me while I’m gone.
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“Yes momma, will you miss me while I’m still here?”
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It feels funny to admit, but I miss her even when she’s in the other room for too long. Or when she goes to school each day. She is my little sidekick. My little best friend. The biggest blessing I never knew I wanted. And so much more. She wears me out more than anyone in my life and yet I can’t get enough of her.
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I hope whether I’m there and she’s here or she’s there and I’m here that we will always miss each other and hurry to be back together. #mommasgirl #ilikemebetterwhenimwithyou #minime
Tomorrow I’m speaking at @pinnersconf!
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It’s been so fun this year speaking across the nation about technology and it’s affect on our families.
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My goal is always to make sure people walk away empowered with ideas to implement. There are so many presentations out there meant to scare us away from technology. I just don’t think that is the answer to this issue.
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We can’t learn and grow if we are scared. We can’t make a difference if we are scared. We can’t share important truths and messages if we are scared.
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What we need to be is prepared and vigilant and present in what is happening around us and how that affects the individual members of our family.
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Technology is not the problem. Social media is not the problem. Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook...they are not the problem.
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WE ARE THE PROBLEM!
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We live in a digital world and that isn’t going to change. We have to take responsibility and we have to prepare ourselves and our families. It isn’t technology that is going to ruin our lives or our families. But HOW we use it definitely could. But it all comes back to us. The choices we make and the habits we cultivate.
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A few weeks ago, I sat in a presentation about some of the darker sides of technology. I watched these mothers and their faces as they learned about things they had no idea were going on. The presentation was meant to terrify, which it did. But then that was it. No tips. No strategies. Just fear. I came home and told my husband...
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Satans goal is to ruin the family and one of his strongest tools is technology. He wants us to be scared, distracted, addicted, and unaware. But we can’t protect our families by running scared or blindly partaking. We have to remember technology is a double edged sword with the power to do both good and bad in our lives. It all depends on how we wield it. What God needs is us to become people who are more knowledgeable, more prepared, more vigilant, more present, and more aware about how technology affects us. People who are ready to teach and empower and protect our families. People He can trust to use technology as way to light the world. We can do this. He is counting on us and our families are counting us 💛
People come and go like waves of the ocean, but the true ones stick. Like an octopus to your face 💛🐙🌊 #happyhalloween #spooktacular #underthesea
We’ve got no troubles
Life is the bubbles
Under the sea 🐙🐡🦀🐟💛
#happyhalloween
Dropping this guy off at baseball practice tonight just as @nsync’s“bye-bye-bye” came on.
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So what did I do?
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The only possible thing...
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I rolled down all the windows, blasted the radio, and did all the dance moves I could remember as he ran away as fast as he could.
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Winning guys, I’m winning at #motherhood 👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻
Only one week until Halloween! Still love our Alice and Wonderland theme from last year...but this year...oh this year...we have definitely upped our game 🙌🏻😂 Can’t wait!
Hey there everyone! 💛💛💛 Every day lately I find myself stumbling across things that I think to myself,
“We were not born to hustle.”
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I spoke at a conference today about being more intentional with our time. I shared how I drastically cut my working time in my business and still found success.
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When I was done, one of the attendees asked me, “After you’re done working each day and have the rest of your day for other things in life have you ever felt like you're being lazy or unproductive? When I'm not working, I feel like I'm slacking off and am not working as hard as so-and-so. How do you combat those feelings with the constant expectation of the hustle?”
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The answer was so passionate in my heart that I almost shouted it out the way Tom Cruise did when he jumped on Oprah’s couch.
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I told her, “We were not put on this earth to hustle. We were put on this earth to love each other and to serve each other.”
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When our work time becomes #lessbutbetter and we use our “free” time to serve others and God our life so easily becomes full. Full of purpose in a way the “hustle” could never achieve.
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I talked earlier this week about watching women who were distracted and who wore “busy” as a badge of honor and what a much needed reality check that has brought to my life and my desire to be more present.
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I feel that same way about the “hustle” we as women so easily find ourselves in. We as women are so empowered which gives us the confidence to go out into the world and chase our dreams and share our talents...which we should do!
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But do we let our desire to be a #ladyboss overshadow our importance as a mother? As a wife? As a daughter of God? As a shepherd and minister?
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I know there have been far too many times in my life when my ambition has clouded my judgment. When I’ve pursued things that had no true long term value at the expense of things that did.
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I joked with a friend recently that there are so many of us women who need a #healingfromthehustle.
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We need peace. We need perspective. We need space in our lives to be still and slow down so we can be impressed upon and guided. We need to make goals with an eternal value and then make choices that match up with those goals. We need to make sure that “our thing” doesn’t come at the expense of the main things.
I had to share a little something that is happening since I started the #bookofmormonchallenge. Yesterday, I was reading and my husband asked me if I really had time to “study” in the way that I am. I’m following the Institute manual and reading along with the Book Of Mormon Made Easier books and it takes me 2-3 hours each day. The reality of life is I really don’t have time. I have three kids, two businesses, clients and deadlines and all sorts of other things. But I made the commitment to do it, to really study and something amazing is happening. I made the commitment and God is making the time. Somehow projects that should be taking much longer are flying by. Something that should have taken me a full week of intense focus took me only two days. I was talking with @biancamadsen_ and we were actually in shock at how quickly this monster project we are working on is getting done and how much less stressful it has been compared to past projects. It doesn’t even make sense. Following God can be like that sometimes. We don’t always see what will come to us when we make time for Him and when we follow the instructions we have been given but that obedience can make the impossible happen. And also the best part of the whole thing is that my mind is being blown by everything I’m reading! So all around scripture reading for the win 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻
THANK YOU 💛 THANK YOU 💛 THANK YOU
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I just want to thank all of you out there who gave me so much love over my post earlier today. It was a bit scary to put those feelings out in the world and you all were just amazing. Thank so much to everyone who commented and liked and even more thank you to those who shared. It was such a #happyday!!! You’re all the best!
Months ago, when I was in the midst of my own faith trial, a friend said something to me that I have thought about so much since. She said,
Are you still hanging in there for our service challenge? I have to admit, I have been less than stellar in posting about all the things that have been happening around me as I have been trying to serve. And there have been plenty of times when things haven't gone as I had hoped or planned. Times when I didn't rise to the occasion. But I started to realize, that ministering, serving others, its a learning process. And it isn't going to be perfect. But I look at how my life has grown and blossomed in these last sixty-five days and I am so happy with all that is happening around me. I have created deeper friendships and connections, our kids are learning the importance of serving others, and I feel a joy and peace in my life that I needed. I am learning the importance of ministering and simple service to those around us. Its not too late to join us (our free guide is in the link in my profile). And I would love to hear how participating in the challenge has gone for you! #lds #latterdaysaint #100dayservicechallenge #sharegoodness
Do you ever just feel like a huge loser? 🙋🏼‍♀️
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I’ve had some situations this year where I have tried to help someone in someway or friend certain people and I just get the cold shoulder, the brush off, the passive aggressive “no thanks”.
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Of course, I then find myself in the downward spiral of wondering why? Why don’t they want my help? Why don’t they want to be friends? What is wrong with me that makes me not good enough to be in their circle? Why am I not included?
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I was writing last night and I came across the quote from R.H. Sin that says “I hope you learn to let go of all the things not meant for you.”
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I think truthfully and painfully sometimes that applies to people.
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We aren’t meant for everyone. Could you imagine how chaotic and noisy and distracting our lives would be if we stayed friends or became friends with every person that ever crosses our path? We wouldn’t have time for anything that mattered.
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I love the book Essentialism by @gregorymckeown and his entire idea of “Less, But Better.” And I’m starting to realize that can also in some ways apply to people. When we have fewer people in our lives we are able to develop stronger, closer, more impactful relationships. And ultimately our lives become more rich. Quality over quantity.
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Now don’t get me wrong, I think there are better ways to preserve our circle and kinder ways to respond and really we should show love and kindness to everyone. But just because we should always be friendly, doesn’t mean we have to be best friends.
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#peptalkstomyself
One of the questions that I was seeking an answer to in #generalconference was what should be the direction that She That Seeks should go? What was our purpose? For months we have been trying to figure out what we were doing and where we were going and how we could bring this project to life.

Within the first 30 minutes I received the answer. 
She That Seeks needs to be here to enlighten women with perspective and power to be present and prepared for their families. And as the next two days unfolded, I understood why.

Throughout general conference, there were so many revelations shared with the women of our church. Home centered spirituality supported by the Church. The two-hour block and the introduction of the new Come Follow Me curriculum for families. Then in the womens session it became very clear that we as mothers need to step up to guide this nurturing and this teaching in our homes. Henry B. Eyring reminded us that in the Proclamation To The Family it tells mothers that this is our primary responsibility.

As I was listening I felt so empowered and also so overwhelmed. Would I be enough? Do I know enough? Will I be able to do this? Will I measure up? 
I watched online as many other women and mothers expressed similar concerns and realized that this was what She That Seeks needed to be. A guide by the side. A hand to help. A place to get answers and guidance. A resource for fulfilling this sacred work. 
Alone it may be too much to bear, but together we can do it. I am so excited for what is unfolding in She That Seeks and I can't wait to share so many things with you!

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We are starting today with our study and discussion, if you want to join us the main discussion will be happening in the She That Seeks Facebook group. The link is in my profile. I am so excited to hear all the things that everyone shares. 💛💛💛
How many of you have joined President Nelsons challenge to read The Book of Mormon by the end of the year?

I have been wanting to do this for awhile now already and was excited to have this nudge to get started. I just got my @lineuponline journaling edition of #thebookofmormon and it felt like the perfect time to put it to use.

As I was beginning my reading, I felt really strongly that I didn't just want to read, I wanted to study.

So I have decided to follow the chapter layout of The Book of Mormon student manual (got it from @deseretbook for less than $5) and to read with The Book Of Mormon Made Easier books by David J. Ridges. They make it like having a true scriptorian reading along with you.

Do you want to join me? 
There are 56 chapters of the student manual and 75 days left in the year (which means you can have 19 free days in case life happens). I am going to be posting daily in the She That Seeks facebook group my thoughts and hope others will share their thoughts as well! The link to the facebook group is in my profile if you want to join us!