me || dress + sweater: gap | shoes: target . . . . . kyle || shirt: tjmaxx | pants: old navy | shoes: kohl's
emery || dress + tights: baby gap | bow: salt city littles (get 35% off $10 or more with code CHELSEA35)
Back in June a couple of weeks before Emery was born, I ran across the quote, "Gratitude turns what we have into enough." I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but something about that quote struck a chord with me, so I wrote it down and made a mental note to figure out a better way to preserve it so that I could more readily remember and implement it into my daily way of thinking. Since that summer day a few months ago, quite a bit has happened in our lives; we've moved into a different apartment, Kyle started his second year of dental school, we've made lots of new friends, had family visit, gone to visit family, and of course experienced the birth of our sweet little girl. With such a whirlwind of events, I feel like I haven't often been able to take time to really slow down and "smell the roses" in life. I jump quickly from task to task and day to day, and now that we are almost into December I realize that Emery is almost at her half birthday and Kyle is almost half way done with what is notorious for being the hardest year of his dental school career. For me, the Thanksgiving holiday is my chance to take that needed breath, slow down, and reflect on all of life's many blessings. Life is so good, and I can genuinely say that I am happier now in this moment and stage of life than I've ever been before. I almost have to laugh at how happy and good I feel, because on paper our lives probably seem much less extravagant and exciting than others, but it doesn't feel that way to me. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by Kyle's school load, I find myself amazed at how well he manages the stress of it all and still finds plenty of time to dedicate to me and Emery. Instead of feeling unhappy about having a job, I feel so grateful that my "work" is to play with a spunky little toddler and that and that it allows for me to stay with Emery all day, every day. Our living space is small compared to some, but we have space enough for our needs, and the smaller apartment living allows us to live close to SO many amazing friends that we interact with almost daily. It was during a conversation with Kyle about these things that everything came full circle and I truly realized exactly how gratitude has turned what we have right now into exactly enough. We have our lives and everything in them, and we can choose to either want for more or to be grateful with what we have. I have exactly what I need within my family, friends, and loved ones, and that is more than enough for me. ☺
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our loved ones & friends!
I'm Chelsea. I'm a wife, mommy, photographer, and lover of life's little adventures. Join me here to celebrate the beautiful things in people and life.