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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 ▸ Alys + Rosemary Beach! ↴

"This is not that you may remember time, but that you may forget about it for a little while. What is time? I can only tell you that time is me turning and turning while the world is turning around a star that turns around a center that turns around all of space. Among all the other things, all the turning animals and all the turning worlds, there is me... turning to you." ("Rosie's Paradox" Podcast on This American Life) • Happy Anniversary, my dear. Thank you for paying attention, for choosing - every day - to turn to me, and for making our life together so full of joy. I love you. #CKMorrisAnniverseray #calebwithkristen pc: @shannonleemiller_

Sometimes some guy you don't know writes something in the early 2000s and... he's spot on. "It's so nice / It's just another day in paradise. / Well, there's no place that I'd rather be. / It's two hearts and one dream / I wouldn't trade it for anything. / And I ask the Lord every night / For just another day in paradise." (Phil Vassar) • Caleb and I went away for a couple nights to celebrate our anniversary. We had a fantastic time -- connecting, relaxing, romantic, funny, teary (good tears) and so very special. But it's incredible to genuinely feel and mean it: Where would I *rather* be? 99.9% of the time? The two of us alone at a five star resort, or the two of us home with our kids? "Two hearts, one dream." I can't believe we have the gift and joy of sharing our own love as a couple, and then be given the opportunity to share the love of our children too. Leaves me speechless. (Now... all four of us at a five-star resort... hmmm... now we're talking! 😉) #waldorfastoria #thehappynow #familylife #lovemybabies #wearefamily #acolorstory

One of the best parts of being an adult is the food. Hands down. The food. #dinner #thefeedfeed #thekitchn #foodie #summersalad #salad #foodiegram #dinnernight

#FridayIntroductions · Five Facts For Five Years · On Wednesday we'll celebrate our five year anniversary...!! · · · 1 · · · We've been to 40 out of 50 states together! (Helps to road trip across the country four times, taking a different route each time 🙈 Gets a lot of states crossed off!) We need our next time to be a northern excursion! · · · 2 · · · I can't play any instrument, sing on tune, read music, nadda! Its like a whole "music" part of my brain is missing! 😂 And... Caleb is a full-time musician. · · · 3 · · · We were both born in August, and married in August! I guess we were made to love the sun ☀️ · · · 4 · · · Before we started dating Caleb decided *on Christmas Eve day* to fly to spend Christmas with my family and I. So he bought a ticket and arrived that night. I had NO idea he was coming. He wanted me to know that he *really* wanted to get to know me better... he was serious. And I have to say: his gesture was convincing!! · · · 5 · · · We've both seen each other truly *weep* one time... we both wish we could cry more! You should see our podcast/book list/article trove of learning how to "embrace our emotions" more. 🙄 Two peas in a pod...! (Wonderfully, despite some 'lack' in this area, we were both very swept away with how much we felt for each other while we fell in love, and how much we still do 'feel it' after choosing to love for life. Neither of us take that for granted!) • I intended to do "real" pictures of us once a year around our anniversary, five years in we just got to it for the first time... maybe I'll just change the plan. "Photoshoot Every Five Years!" 😜 Thank you to Kate A. for taking these!

From the backseat, interrupting his parents conversation about neuroscience and reward centers (just a good article, nothing fancy), Rowdy sent a question up to the dashboard, like a paper airplane. "Mooom? Why do you ask me again and again what is my favorite food, and what is my favorite thing to do, and who I love the most, and why I love Summer?" (Hm. He noticed.) "Because I care about you and I want to know what happens inside you! I want to know what you think and what you feel!" Dad takes a whack at it: "And just because you used to like something doesn't mean you like it anymore, people change. You might have a different answer and so we have to check!" Rowdy approved of our response. He replied, "Like how me and dad like pepperoni pizza but mom likes sausage pizza... like that kind of different?" Pretty close. / "Life is short and the world is at least half terrible, and for every kind stranger, there is one who would break you, though I keep this from my children. I am trying to sell them the world. Any decent realtor, walking you through a real shithole, chirps on about good bones: This place could be beautiful, right? You could make this place beautiful." (Maggie Smith) "The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid this, O me, O life? Answer. That you are here—that life exists." (Walt Whitman) Our love, so beautiful. He knows I like sausage pizza. #thelittleyears #letthembelittle #mynameismama #bringingbackthevillage #thehappynow #mamabear

"One of the delights of life is eating with friends; second to that is talking about eating. And, for an unsurpassed double whammy, there is talking about eating while you are eating with friends." (Laurie Colwin) #thefeedfeed #foodie #thehappynow #thekitchn #acolorstory #kitchentable #kitchen #kitchendesign #sodomino

"Warrior lover... wild eyes, strong hands, a poets heart." N.R. Hart • The first Morris daughter is getting married in 42 days! Today was her wedding shower and it was so full of sweetness, community, and expectant joy. These two are something special. I'm eager to see where their story together takes them... it's not going to be a boring ride! And we cannot WAIT for your dance party celebration in just a few weeks!! 🌿🌞 #fosteringourlove #engaged #familywedding #inlove #goingtothechapel

A few fun folks messaged and asked the name of the book I got the quote from in my last post so I thought I'd share it for all here! It's not a book, but it's one of my all-time favorite blog articles... ever... of all time. Google "ND Wilson Lighten Up Christians." I keep it open on my phone and read it at least a few times a month. It consistently puffs my heart up like giant grocery store helium tank doing its thing with a red balloon. "Our Father wove glory and joy into every layer of this world. He wove in secrets that would tease us into centuries of risk-taking before we could unlock them—flight, glass, electricity, chocolate. He buried gold deep, but scattered sand everywhere. And from the sand came all the wealth of our age. Our God made things simple and funny—skin bags full of milk swinging beneath cows. And also hard: Skim the cream, add sugar from cane grass and shards of vanilla bean from faraway lands, surround with water cold enough to have expanded its molecules and become solid. Now stir. Keep stirring. Now taste. And worship. Us: 'No more for you, Johnny. You've had enough.' God: 'Try the hot fudge.'" 🍦Read and enjoy! Do you have any "go-to" articles/links that just meet you over and over? I'd love to absorb them myself! #readinglist #ndwilson #favoriteword #thehappynow #acolorstory #growth #read #learnandgrow

Words I read on a weekly basis, and somehow forget and think "Oh yeah. This is it. Yes." every time: "We should strive for holiness, but holiness is a flood, not an absence. Are you the kind of parent who can create joys for your children that they never imagined wanting? Does your sun shine, warming the faces of others? Does your rain green the world around you? Do you end your days with anything resembling a sunset? Do you begin with a dawn? We say that we would like to be more like God. So be more thrilled with moonlight. And babies. And what makes them. And holding on to one lover until you've both been aged to wine, ready to pour. Holiness is nothing like a building code. Holiness is 80-year-old hands crafting an apple pie for others, again. It is aspen trees in a backlit breeze. It is fire on the mountain. Speak your joy. Mean it. Sing it. Do it. Push it down into your bones. Let it overflow your banks and flood the lives of others. At his right hand, there are pleasures forevermore. When we are truly like him, the same will be said of us." (ND Wilson) • "For the joy set before Him, He endured" Hebrews 12 says. In the sleepiness, energy, feelings of failure, victories, good minute, bad minute, good hour, bad hour, good day, bad day... there is work and rest, effort and ease, striving and being still. Like the gas pedal and the brake. Back and forth. Stopping and moving, coasting somewhere in-between both, slow down! Wup, picking up the pace. But the steering wheel is joy. We're going somewhere good. "Holiness is 80-year-old-hands crafting an apple pie for others, again."

"I get butterflies every time I wander beautiful places I've never been." (Katrice Cabral) • #alysbeach #30a #southwalton #florida #somewhereovertherainbow #travelersnotebook #seetheworld

My sister, Shannon, had her sweet sixteen yesterday. For her birthday dinner she chose grilled steak, mashed potatoes, roasted broccoli and brussel sprouts, ceasar salad, watermelon, and Italian bread (which *happens* to be almost exactly Caleb's idea of the perfect birthday dinner... 😆 #winning). We joked last night that she's 16 going on 33-year-old-professional-working-mother-wife-PTA-president. Her dreams are simple but she wants them badly and doesn't take for granted how good they would be. (A career that she feels passionate about: nursing or midwifery/birth-field, a family, a home. The mom that's at every sports game, in team colors. The neighbor that hosts or organizes the community block party. The nurse that "made all the difference." Basically... she wants to be my mom. I think it's powerful that even though Shannon was a young child, and only really remembers our mom when she was sick, the love and contentment and joy my mom had took root in this little girl's heart. Shannon is incredible with my kids, and I'm not kidding to say that if something ever happened to me, I'd trust Shannon to take care of my kids. (Nothing legal or anything haha... just a "mother's instinct" talking.) I'm amazed at getting to watch her grow up without her mom yet become so *like* her mom. Love never dies. She thrives in every setting she's had to be thrown into or adjust to or realize was different than she was expecting. I couldn't be more proud of this girl, or more honored to get to know parts of her heart that many don't get to see. She's smart, strong, "fierce," and doesn't get pushed around... but gosh. She is tender, considerate, and easily moved. (And gosh, so gorgeous 😳) I love you more ❤️ #happybirthday #auntie #thehappynow #family #sisters #birthday

I love when a salad doesn't feel like rabbit food 😋 Any favorite summer salads happening in your life? I've been devouring BLT salad with avocado and blue cheese dressing and Chicken & Corn Tostada Salad (the honey-cumin dressing is the best part! Look it up on Happiest Monday, friends! #summerfood #summersalad #thefeedfeed #foodie #thehappynow #thekitchn #acolorstory #kitchentable

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