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🌿 i ' m k r i s t e n 🌿  ▸ photographer ▸ author ▸ wife to cal ▸ mama to roo and summer ▸ 27 ▸ tampa, fl ▸ "to be known and loved"

Reading new books. Naps in the afternoon light. Kids not crying getting dropped OFF at class, but crying when getting picked up (they LOVE it). Rest. Stir-fry and kombucha. Half-day off work for Mr. Husband. Basketball on TV. Spontaneous visits from sisters & co. FaceTime friends. Looking forward to the fun weeks ahead. "That's what I love about Sunday..." • #dayofrest #sunday #weekend #thehappynow #thelittlethings

I received a seven-page handwritten letter on this day in 2011. A letter that changed my life. Spoiler alert: Caleb wrote it. One of my favorite lines was: "I think if we were in love we could do anything." We were both nervous about the risk... but wow. Sweet was the other side. #hewasright #timeflies #babies #calebwithkristen #memorylane #flashback #throwback #romance #fallinginlove #thehappynow

"I will love you as a drawer loves a secret compartment, and as a secret compartment loves a secret, and as a secret loves to make a person gasp. I will love you until all compartments are discovered and opened, and until all the secrets have gone gasping into the world. I will love you until all the codes and hearts have been broken and until every anagram and egg has been unscrambled.
I will love you until the bird hates a nest and the worm hates an apple, and until the apple hates a tree and the tree hates a nest, and until a bird hates a tree and an apple hates a nest, although honestly I cannot imagine that last occurrence no matter how hard I try. I will love you as we grow older, which has just happened, and has happened again, and happened several days ago, continuously, and then several years before that, and will continue to happen as the spinning hands of every clock and the flipping pages of every calendar mark the passage of time, except for the clocks that people have forgotten to wind and the calendars that people have forgotten to place in a highly visible area.I will love you no matter where you go and who you see, no matter where you avoid and who you don’t see, and no matter who sees you avoiding where you go. I will love you no matter what happens to you, and no matter how I discover what happens to you, and no matter what happens to me as I discover this, and now matter how I am discovered after what happens to me as I am discovering this." (Lemony Snicket) #mylove #calebwithkristen #sarasota

"There was a magic about the sea. It could be calm and welcoming, opening its arms to embrace it's audience one moment, but then could explode with its stormy tempers, flinging people around, wanting them out, attacking coastlines, breaking down islands. It had a playful side too, as it enjoyed the crowd, tossed the children about, knocked structures over, tipped windsurfers, occasionally gave sailors helping hands; all done with a secret little chuckle." (Cecelia Ahern) #acolorstory #theweekend #thehappynow #beach #sarasota

"Once in a while, right in the middle of ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale." • @shelbyleighme and her beautiful family are on the blog. I love these pictures from last April... spring and "all that love" never gets old. #linkinbio #familysession #spring #imkristenphotography #goldenhour #thehappynow #acolorstory #sunset

"Next time what I'd do is look at
the earth before saying anything.
I'd stop just before going into a house.
When anyone talked to me,
whether blame or praise or just passing time,
I'd watch the face, how the mouth
has to work, and see any strain, any
sign of what lifted the voice.
And for all, I'd know more -- the earth
bracing itself and soaring, the air
finding every leaf and feather over
forest and water, and for every person the body glowing inside the clothes like a light." (Mary Oliver) #spring #maryoliver #poetry #thehappynow

“Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.” (Alan D. Wolfelt) • A day full of love, dear sisters, a good father, singing, wooden pews, shrieks, plastic eggs, my babies, my favorite person, celebrating, legacy... and food. "Treasured up in her heart." #easter #easterdinner #family #tradition #ohhappyday

Happy Easter! In church this morning the pastor quoted an old 1850's sermon. In summary, an anchor serves two purposes: to keep a docked boat from drifting in calm water, and to stabilize and protect a boat from destruction in stormy seas. "We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our rescuer, Jesus, has entered on our behalf." (Hebrews 6:19) It's a day of celebration because hope is secure, the King is on His throne, He loves us, and it all will end well. Sending love and joy from our family to you and yours! 🌞 #easter #happyeaster #family #hope #celebrate #thehappynow

My dad wrote the preface to the book I wrote about my mom, #MeetMamaBear. It begins: "Many years ago, my father, a purple-heart decorated World War II veteran, had a short anecdote published in a very prominent city magazine. It went something like this: 'A friend asked me recently if I was going to see the movie “The Battle of the Bulge?” No, I responded, I saw the play.' I saw the play, as well. From watching my 29 year old fiancée continue to pour her life into serving and baby-sitting the children of friends from our church and preparing for her own eventual motherhood, to the final days of her walk here on earth when she prepared her children for life without her, I was there in the front row watching Suzanne Snyder mother her children. Mama Bear. There is not a more complete and informed view then the one I had the honor of watching for 26 years. Writing from that perspective would take volumes, not chapters. In this book, my daughter, writes about the effect that her mother had on her throughout the course of her life and in many specific and significant areas. I observed the process, from start to finish. Despite the impact communicated in the ensuing chapters, I can only tell you that it pales in comparison to the impact that watching (and occasionally participating) in the process had on me. I was mostly a student in a classroom." I'm so grateful and moved by all the people who have bought and, even more, actual read this pages about the miracle I was raised and loved by. She was gentle, mesmerizing, interesting, intelligent, and sentimental. Holiday weeks bring up the happiest, most-motivating feelings for me as I mother my crew without the star of my show here beside me. (If you haven't gotten a copy and would like to the link is in my bio.) PC: @carolineshorey

Mommy's Eggs --> (swipe) --> Roo's Eggs 🍳
I told him I had so much fun decorating eggs with him and that he was so cute. He replied "Yes I was! AND I was so careful, too!" Which is true... he only got the tiniest bit of dye on one of his fingers, and none on his clothes or the floor. He was also very particular about the colors and which egg got which look. I married a detailed, tedious creative... and I made one too! #imamess #creativemess #eastereggs #letthembelittle #makingmemories

Hair-cut. Wal-Mart. Goodwill drop. T-Mobile. AAA. ALDI. Chuck's Natural Grocer. Done and done in less than two and half hours. Aka: running errands with dad is MUCH more efficient... and fun. Happy Tuesday to you, and Happy Saturday (or whatever day it is) to those of us with funky work schedules! #instagramhusband #familyday #thehappynow

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