The Birth Story of Ember Hope

As Ember is now 6 weeks old (holy cow, where did the time go?) I’m so glad that I’m finally getting around to putting up her birth story that I’ve had written for about two weeks. Ha ha. Hey, that’s how it is now and I’ve just got to go with the flow. It’s crazy how each birth is so different and unique, and let me tell you, Ember’s birth was totally different from the other two. Totally. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me start from the beginning… (image by my dear friend, Evin with EvinPhotography and PhotoMamas) Thursday, June 8th, 2017 I head to my OB appointment and because I’m a few days late, they want to put me on a stress test for the baby to make sure the fluid levels are ok and her heart rate is good and whatnot. After sitting in their massage chair watching Chip & Joanna Gains on HGTV, they come back and tell me that her heart rate dropped a little at one point so they want to do an ultrasound just to make sure everything is all good. On one hand, I’m not worried, because I know it’s totally normal for babies to come “late” (I think due dates are a bunch of crap anyway… they just serve to stress the mom out as the date comes and goes). But then on the other hand, the fact that they wanted to do an ultrasound because they are slightly worried made me slightly worried. I head to the ultrasound and everything looks great. The technician even said it looked... Read More

The Birth Story of London Rain

(Design by Tracie Prichard of The Ink and Grain) It is crazy that our 2nd born child is here! And even cooler that we have our girl!! So surreal. So awesome. I’m often afraid I’m going to wake up and it’s all doing to be a dream. But alas, I’m pretty sure this isn’t a dream and it all really happened and she’s here to stay :) (yay!) I wanted to take some time to share with you the story of how little Miss London came into this world :) With Jaxon’s labor being so long and brutal (you can read Jaxon’s birth story here), I had no idea what to expect with this one. I could only hope and pray that London’s labor wouldn’t be a repeat! As I’m starting this post, it’s only been one week and already, some of the details are fading, so I thought I would go ahead and write this down! September 16, 2015 | 6 Days Past Due 3:45 am – I woke up to my first contraction and then waited to see if more would come. For the next 4 hours contractions were coming. They were on average 7-8 minutes apart lasting about a minute to a minute and a half. I figured since they weren’t letting up that it was the beginning of labor, and because we had no idea what to expect as to how long this labor might go, I was trying my best to get sleep and decided not to wake Zach so he could get as much rest as possible. Because I hadn’t had the best... Read More

Gender scan for baby #2 is today!!!

It’s time to find out the gender!  Yes, we have waited the “old fashioned” way to find out at the anomaly scan instead of the newer bloodwork tests that can tell you two months sooner. But here’s the kicker: even though the scan is today we aren’t finding out the gender until TOMORROW (Friday)! When I (Jody) originally made the appointment we were both in town, but then Zach got asked to do a gig in Texas, which is causing him to miss the appointment! If we rescheduled we would have to wait another MONTH, and that wasn’t going to happen. ha. So, I’m bringing a girlfriend for moral support, and I’m not going to look when they are finding out the gender! (This will be my biggest test of restraint yet. ha ha). When Zach gets home later Friday evening, we’ll find out together… and we may just be sharing it live with you all on Pericsope! Stay tuned to our Instagram accounts (@ZachGray, @JodyGray & @ItstheGrayFamily) and facebook (Zach & Jody Photography) for us to share further details.  If you want to watch, make sure you download the app and get it set up, and follow us at @ZachandJody. In the meantime, what’s your guess?  BOY OR... Read More

Top Survival Tips for Mom-tographers | Part II of the Mom Series

In my previous post, I (Jody) shared the adjustment we went through adding our son Jaxon to our family and about my struggle with how business fit in with my new responsibilities as a mom. For today’s blog I want to share with you practical tips that not only myself, but other moms in the industry have put in place to avoid meltdowns and going crazy. :) I know and respect these women and hope you enjoy learning from the diverse group we have below. Without any further ado, I first introduce to you… Leeann Marie of Leeann Marie Collective What you need to know about Leeann: We first met Leeann when we were a part of a tour back in 2012 and she was a fellow speaker.  She was sharing on studio workflow management and how to get organized and become efficient so you can spend more time doing what you love. Her efficiency blew me away, and when I found out she was having a kid I was SUPER curious to know how she was going to make the adjustments to having a child in her life. Leeann is sweet and totally fun and generous and has recently started Baby Plus Business – a resource and community to help other moms who walk the fine line of being a mom and business owner. Make sure to follow her and you’ll soon get more information! (Heads up, if you’re going to WPPI, make sure to read below where you can see and learn from her!). (image by How long have you been in business: 6 years How long... Read More

How I Survived the Transition from Business Owner to Biz Owner + MOM | Part I of the Mom Series

It has been a year and two months since we have added a third person to our lives and business – Jaxon Pierce Gray joined our team November 7th, 2013. (image by It seriously has been such a blast having a kid, but as with any new addition to a family, there’s always adjustment that takes place.  Many of you have wondered how we are making it work and so I (Jody) thought that we would dedicate a blog post to share not only our journey of adjusting with Jaxon now being a part of our lives, but I also wanted to let other full time moms who are also business owners share how they are balancing the act of being mom and business professional. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a… business! I always thought that I would be one of those women who needed a career once I had kids… just for sanity’s sake. You know, trading the shirt covered in spit up for a cute top and have some good ‘ol adult, human interaction. Then I had our first kid and that all changed :) (image by A little over a year and a half ago, we found ourselves pregnant, and because we had no idea what to expect, we planned and prepared to take a few months off once Jaxon came into this world. Our little Jax was born, and it was a fun time of stepping away from our business and just being able to focus on this new little person in our lives. Soon, it was time for both... Read More
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Introducing Jaxon’s nursery

This has been a LONG time coming!  We finally are sharing with you Jaxon’s nursery!  I (Jody) have always been excited about decorating a nursery for our children, but  living in an apartment while pregnant as we awaited our home to be completed, definitely didn’t allow me to decorate our nursery before baby.  While I waited for an actual nursery to decorate, I busied myself planning and trying to figure out what I wanted. The only problem is I didn’t know where to begin. I knew I wanted something cool and different than cars, cartoon animals or the ABCs (not that there’s anything wrong with that, but just not the direction I wanted to go in :).  After poking around online, my ideas started coming together and below you’ll see the creative process of decorating for the nursery! I started off by scouring Pinterest after looking at a lot of nursery ideas and then I found a color palette that I liked on Design Boards. Then, I summoned my inner designer and created a style board from things I saw that I liked!   Jaxon had his name branded by friend and designer Tracie Prichard, so I wanted to incorporate that as well! And here is the result!! Wall color: Worldy Gray by Sherwin Williams White Birch Trees & Birds: Wall Decals from American Decals on Etsy Light: IKEA   Rocker chair: Costco Blackout curtains:  From This Little Home on Etsy (LOVE these curtains and super high quality) Baby furniture: from the Heritage collection (color: slate) purchased at USA Baby White lamp: IKEA White shelves: Lowes My sister, Jacq Washburn is... Read More

The Process of Decorating our Home with our Family Session, PART II

Last week we showed you how we decorated our home with canvases from our family shoot taken by Amy and Jordan Photography.  This week, we want to show you what else we did with images from the family session. (Specific product information is listed at the bottom of this post) When we were building our home, we had a light fixture installed in the ceiling of one of our hallways because we knew we wanted to light a photo display. We have always had canvases in our home, and we love them, buuut we wanted something a bit different. I was looking into the collage wall displays from our lab, Bay Photo and knew this was what we wanted to do!  I found a collage that I really liked and then I taped our wall off (again, yes, I know there are programs for this, but sometimes I just like getting my hands dirty ;o). Then, I finalized the images that I wanted on that wall from our photo session!  I wanted to make sure that there was a shot in there of just us and I wanted to make that the focal point of this collage.  As awesome as having our son has been, it’s always been important to us to make sure that our roles as husband and wife don’t get lost in the mix of being mom and dad. We looooooooove this shot from Jordan and Amy and knew this one was going in the collage :) I also wanted a photo of each of us with Jaxon and the below two are the ones we landed on.... Read More

4 keys to avoiding a HUGE tax bill you can’t pay, PART II

Tuesday we shared the first two keys to avoiding an unexpected tax bill.  Today, we continue on with the final two steps! Step 3. Set aside taxes EVERY time you pay yourself The easiest way to make sure you NEVER get hit with a tax bill that you do not have income for  is to set aside taxes any time you pay yourself. This makes you pay yourself based on your CURRENT income, and not a PROJECTION of your income.  This is why we have never been surprised with a tax bill and always had the money to pay it. Example: – We get paid $5,000 in total payments for our products and services for the month. – We have $500 in expenses to fulfill those products and services, so we pay the $500 of business expenses directly out of the business account using our debit card. – It’s the end of the month and we decide we want to keep $1,500 in our account for cushion (saving for gear/upcoming expenses, etc), and  we now are ready to pay ourselves the remaining $2,000*. – We transfer out the $2,000 into our personal checking account and divvy up the money as follows: 25% ($500) to a separate (non-business) checking account which is solely for holding our taxes 10% ($200) to a separate (non-business) checking account which is solely for holding our tithe (this of course, is how we operate our money, but if you are not a believer and do not tithe, then skip over this line!) – This leaves a remaining $1,300 that is “free and clear” to pay... Read More

The Process of Decorating our Home with our Family Session

Ahhhh!  We were so pumped to have our first family photo session taken of Jaxon two months ago by Amy and Jordan Photography and yes, it has taken us this long to decide on final prints and get them ordered.  :) We are excited to share with you Part One of how we have decorated our walls with this photo session. We have a front room in our new home that was slated to be the formal dining room, but since we never used our formal dining room in our old place, we decided to use it for something else. It is currently serving as a sitting room of sorts, which we actually have utilized quite a bit! I (Jody) knew I wanted a bigger canvas to fill in the space and I have always loved the idea of grouping canvases or wanting a split panel here (when one canvas is split into two canvases).  As we went through our favorites from the shoot (which were WAY to many ha ha) I started to put together an idea of what I was wanting for the front room!  To make sure I was REALLY comfortable with the sizes I was thinking, I went old-school and taped up the area the canvases would hang.  (Yes, I know there are programs for this, but sometimes I just like getting my hands dirty ;o).   I first chose one of our top favorites from the shoot:   And then I chose the below photo to compliment it!   This image pairs well with the previous shot of us because whereas the first image is... Read More

Our house… in the middle of our street

Contrary to what the title of this post reads, our house isn’t REALLY in the  middle of our street… the song was just in my head :) Sooooo yes, onto our house!!  We have been so busy with trucking along with life that once we got everything unpacked we have ever so slowly been finalizing the rooms as a spare moment makes itself available. I thought that we would go ahead and update you with the latest ideas we have going on and then soon enough, you will be able to see the finished work!! For the last two weeks our house has been held together with blue tape.  I, Jody, am a visual person,  so I have been taping the walls where canvases and shelves will be going :)  There are three main areas I have been focusing on as of now – our sitting room, a hallway upstairs, and the nursery. Below, is our “sitting room” aka, “was the formal dining room but aren’t quite sure what to do with it yet but when the movers came we had them put this couch here and it worked and we have actually used it as is and we thought we would keep it that way until a better idea came along.”  :)  We are still wanting to do something cool on the left wall where people can sign their names or SOMEthing, but we have yet to hash those details out.  In the meantime, we had an older image of us on the wall, but will soon be replaced with our canvases that are en route as I... Read More

Join Zach on a New York City Photoshoot

You will have two chances to see Zach the 2nd weekend in June, thanks to Adorama! OPPORTUNITY #1: Come to the fourth annual Adorama Street Fair on June 8th! Stop by 18th Street in NYC for a free event with the top technology vendors such as Canon, Nikon, Sony, and many more. Plus food, games, raffles, and speaker presentations. Find Zach at the speaker stage as he shares in the afternoon the 3 essential steps to starting with off-camera light! For more info on the fair, visit THIS LINK. OPPORTUNITY #2 | NYC Photowalk What: Join Zach Gray as he takes you on a model shoot on the streets of New York City! This is your chance to not only watch Zach work on the streets of the Big Apple, but learn in-person his approach to finding great locations, his techniques to lighting a scene along with the whys and hows of lighting, and even have the opportunity to take some images. When:June 10th, 4:00-6:30pm Capacity: 20 people Register: Registration opens Friday (yes, TOMORROW) at NOON Eastern. Come back to the blog, or make sure you’re following us on Twitter for the registration link once it’s live  First come, first serve.   See you in NYC!... Read More

7 Steps for Getting Great Camera Flare

Today we are going to talk about how to get lens flare! Lens flare is my (Jody) FAVORITE to shoot! Getting great flare can be a little tricky and take a bit of practice and tweaking, so we will share some tips that will give you the best opportunities for success to get awesome flarey goodness :) Flare is created when direct light shoots into your lens, creating a sunburst effect. This can be done with natural light or even strobe, but for today’s tips, we’ll talk about flare in relation to using the sun, which can be the most tricky. Here are some tips to getting lens flare:1. Position your subject with his/her back to the light source.2. For getting the most flare, remove your lens hood.3. It can be really hard to focus on your subject with the light shooting into your lens, so you’ll need to block the light to enable you to focus. You can either use your subject, something in the scene of your frame (tree, building, etc), or my preference – my hand. I hold my hand out over my lens, blocking the light shooting into the lens, focus on my subject, remove my hand & recompose the shot to how I want, then I shoot. (*The camera can magnify the power of the sun through your camera’s eye piece, so it should go without saying, never look directly at the sun.) 4. Depending on the time of day and the harshness of the sun, the flare can totally wash out your image. You can prevent this (or tone the flare down) by... Read More

Friday Finds | Fotolanthropy

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Finds… REVISITED! Allow us to introduce you to Fotolanthropy! I (Jody) met Katie Norris, one of the founders of Fotolanthropy at Pursuite 31, a Christian women’s retreat I was at in October. I loved her story and her heart and what she and her business partner Brooke are doing to make a difference and knew their story and company had to be featured on our blog. Meet Katie Norris and Brooke Moore, the two amazing women behind the brand that is making a difference, Fotolanthropy. Founded in 2011, Fotolanthropy is a nationwide movement of photographers and filmmakers working together to capture inspiring true stories through photography and film. We love how their heart is to bless families/individuals that have faced trials and give them a platform to share their story across the world so that others may be blessed by their inspiration. So cool! How it started (in Katie’s words): Everything changed on a busy July morning of 2011. I was preparing for a shoot when I received a phone call from a tearful mother. She was calling to ask if I would photograph James, her 8-month-old son, who had just been diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor. She knew his treatment would cause him to lose his hair, and was desperate for me to photograph her baby boy. My world stopped as I listened to her and, in that moment, I found the courage to tell her what I hoped to do through pictures and film. We quickly teamed up with a filmmaker and were able to capture the most beautiful... Read More

Friday Fun | My Grandparents #personalproject

This past weekend Zach and I took a mini roadtrip to visit my grandparents.  I don’t know what life would be without family, especially grandparents!!! I’m so thankful that 1) I get the pleasure of knowing my grandparents and 2) that I got to live with them for a few years growing up.  I always love it when I can spend time with them, and this weekend was no exception! (I love how my Grandpa has a sweet tooth… these donuts were dee-lish!) Not only did I want to make the visit to hang out with them, but I wanted to capture their love as well.  No one is perfect and therefore no relationship is perfect, but I have to say, my grandparents definitely set a great standard of what marriage should look like.   I took some time and asked them questions about their relationship and then Zach and I shot them later that day.  We cannot wait to show you more images (put a few other teasers up on our instagrams – ZachGray and JodyGray), but for now, these will have to hold you over :) Love you, Grandpa and... Read More

Happy Birthday Zach!!!!!!!!!!!

Yup, my husband is one year older and one year wiser today!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY!!!!!!! To Zach… This past year has been one of amazing highs and some very low lows.  I am so lucky to have you by my side through it all supporting me and encouraging me to pick my head up and keep going.  I don’t know what or who I would be without you.  I am excited turn to the future together, hold hands in firm resolve, and take the steps to walk the path the Lord has laid before us this next year in your life. I love you so much and so glad that you’re by my side on this journey together. Happy Happy Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!! Love, Me, your wifey... Read More

Pursuit 31 Women’s Conference Recap…

This blog has been three weeks in coming. I (Jody) was honored to have been a part of the Pursuit 31 Christian Women’s photographer’s conference a few weeks back and my life was changed. It’s so hard to describe everything that happened, and I think you had to be there in order to fully understand and grasp the God-filled life-changing times that were had. All I know is that if you are a believer and a woman (sorry men :), and you need to get away, rest, and relax, learn and be refreshed, mark your calendars for next year. The dates are October 8-11, 2013. Pre-registration will open for alumni November 15, and for newsletter subscribers on November 19th! Make sure to sign up for the Pursuit 31 newsletter and feel free to join the growing online Pursuit Facebook community! The retreat was held at Winshape Retreat Center in Rome, Georgia and was an amazing, beautiful, and PEACEful place. Each speaker had a main session where they shared on faith and also had smaller breakouts. There was free time, massages, bike rides, amazing food, bonfires, photo shoots, fellowship – it was amazing. :) Enjoy the images!   Heaven on earth? Maybe :) Part of the welcoming committee!!! Karen, myself and Desirea! We had worship every evening lead by Gabrielle. The amazing Karen Stott who is Pursuit 31’s fearless leaders Karen’s second in command, the sweet servant Suzy VanDyke. Desirea Rodgers kicked off our first morning sharing her heart on the non-profit she started called Love 146, which raises awareness and resources to combat child sex trafficking. So amazing to... Read More

Business Finances, Part I: Budgets

You have asked for it, and we’re giving it to you – A post on business finances! We have learned a lot over the past 6.5 years with our personal and business finances, but before we even get into managing business finances, it all starts with setting good foundations for those spending habits. …. and this is where budgets come into play! Listen how to get an instant pay raise and to start the steps of having financial freedom by getting on a budget!!! [iframe: width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen] DOWNLOAD HERE the excel sheet that we use to get the correct denominations of cash for our monthly spending. Here is an additional video to walk you through how we utilize the excel sheet we have created. [iframe: width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen] We hope you have enjoyed week 1 on Business Finances! If you have any questions, makes sure to list them below and we’ll try to cover them in our further videos! THE 6 BUDGET STEPS: #1. List monthly bills #2. Create cash budget categories #3. Save monthly receipts #4. Look for areas to reduce spending #5. Agree on a monthly cash spending budget #6. Take out cash RESOURCES: Web | Reading | The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey Classes |... Read More

A Christian Women’s Getaway… See you there :)

If you answer “yes” to the below four questions, then read on!! Are you a photographer? Are you a woman? Do you love Jesus? Would you love to get away with other Christian female photographers, be re-energized, encouraged and hear some amazing speakers for 3 days? If so, the below may be exactly what you need.   Pursuit 31 is a female Christian photographer’s group that started a little over a year ago by the amazing Karen Stott for women to come together and support each other (mainly via facebook)! Now there have been mini get-togethers/workshops but come this October will be the first Pursuit 31 conference! I (Jody) had the awesome privileged of being asked to speak at the conference (along with some other amazing women), and I am SO excited to be a part of this. Here are a few quick details: Dates: October 1st-4th, 2012 Where: Winshape Retreat Center in Mt. Berry Georgia Conference Website – Registration is OPEN! Don’t miss this chance. This may be EXACTLY what you need. Look forward to seeing you fine ladies there :) Here is a little video on one of the intimate get-togethers of the Pursuit 31 ladies… [iframe: src=”″ width=”800″ height=”450″ frameborder=”0″ webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen]   Blessings, Jody    ... Read More

Friday Fun | Date Night at ChuckECheese!

It is our goal to have date night once a week. That doesn’t always happen. Zach and I started this year off hitting the ground running and with all of our travels, shoots, and speaking engagements so needless to say, sadly, date night has gotten overshadowed a bit. NO MORE! We are committing to do a better job making time for each other where we are intentional about having fun together and investing in each other (sitting on the couch watching movies does not count ;o). Whiiiiiich, leads us to last night. I was out and about in the afternoon having some girl time with friends and I decided that I was going to come home and get my husband and take him out on a fun date night. For those of you who follow us on instagram (@ZachGray, @JodyGray), you know where we went!! Oh yes, we got our kid on and played Skee-Ball until we were seeing blurry visions of tickets, balls and tokens… and played a few other games. Take a look into our date night fun :) Here is my little jumping Jelly Bean…. [iframe: src=”″ width=”600″ height=”450″ frameborder=”0″ webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen] Here is me challenging Mr. Gorilla.. [iframe: src=”″ width=”600″ height=”450″ frameborder=”0″ webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen] Ah…. good times, good times. Make sure you’re taking time out and investing in your spouse! Sometimes the hardest thing about going on dates is planning dates. What are some date ideas that you have done, or want to do that you can share with the rest of... Read More

Friday Fun | Decking the Halls with Fun Christmas Videos!

Happy December!! Christmas is our favorite time of the year…. and I (Jody) especially love Christmas songs!! I could listen to Christmas songs all year long, but that would drive Zach crazy :) What’s even better than Christmas songs is Christmas music videos!!!! For the next Friday fun blog posts leading up to Christmas, we are going to share our favorite Christmas music videos or fun Christmas videos :) :) This Friday I am sharing with you the awesomest video by band, Tenth Avenue North. They did this whole thing in ONE take and it’s just simply awesome. We have known these guys for a few years now, and they are not only great guys but they have amazing hearts and their music has really blessed us. Make sure to check ’em out!! Click on the image below to visit their site.... Read More

Friday Fun | Our Favorite Time of the Year

Fall is my (Jody) FAVORITE time of the year. The crispness in the air, the vibrant colors of the leaves and the crunch of them under your feet, the smell of bonfires, hot chocolate & Smores, pumpkin patches, caramel apple spice from Starbucks, etc. and it all leads to the fact that Christmas is right around the corner – it just doesn’t get any better!! As Zach and I took Sunday and Monday off this last week (due to the wedding we shot on Saturday – make sure you’re still getting 2 days of rest!!!), we were chilling around Franklin, TN and came a cross pumpkins for sale on the corner. We stopped by because we could and had no agenda for the day :) I LOVE days of just chilling and enjoying the fall weather… As I was going through an old hard drive I came across some photos that Zach and I had taken of each other during fall in 2009. Thought I would share… we look like dorks and they are pretty funny images (can’t believe we even watermarked them ha ha). Lol… being able to laugh at yourself is a very good thing :) Anyway, hope you all are enjoying my favorite time of year! If you’re looking for a place to get pumpkins, check out the pumpkin patch in Cool Springs on the corner of Cool Springs & Mallory. The sale of pumpkins goes to a charity called the Cooper Trooper Foundation (purpose is to attack childhood cancer by helping parents love and take of the siblings of the child that has cancer), which... Read More

Michigan Speaking & Workshop Recap!

Last week we were in Michigan speaking at the local PPA group and then we held our IN-CAMERA: Light workshop! We had an awesome time being back home in my (Jody) stomping grounds, and it was so great meeting the other photographers there! Here is us at MTPPA (thanks to mi madre, Patty Brouillet for grabbing this shot for us).   Once again, a big thanks to MTPPA for bringing us out! On Thursday, we had our IN-CAMERA: Light workshop. Thanks to Jason Aten for letting us use his awesome studio space and it was the perfect spot to once again, hold our workshops. Check out the shots from the workshop!   In the below shot, we were demoing a before and after with the lighting techniques that we were using that day. We set up the shot, then took a natural lit shot to show what it looked like before.   In this before image, the lighting is OK, but is not super directional and is a little flat looking. Then, not going too far dramatically with the lighting, we added some directional light with the strobe and got a much cleaner, better looking lit shot. :)   Here is another behind the scenes shot of one of our set ups.   Then, once we lit it, we got the awesome blue sky and added some serious drama to the image! In this last set up, we wanted to show what adding one extra, small light source in the background can do to an image. Here, as the light was getting really low, we shot an image in... Read More

All you need is love?

(Think Princess Bride as you read the below… :) Mawwiage… Mawwiage is whut bwings us togethuh today…. Ah, that has to be one of my (Jody) favorite quotes from Princess Bride short of “My name is Inigo Montonya… You killed my father. Prepare to die.” :) Anyone, anyone? Fun and games aside, we are here to talk about marriage! As I was waiting for Zach the other day, I wondered in the magazine aisle and started reading an article in Marie Claire on an interview they had with actress Olivia Wilde. They were discussing her recent divorce to husband of 7 or 8 years, and she said this: “Our deal from the beginning was, ‘We’re crazy to do this, but we’re doing it because we’re in love and it makes us happy. The only reason to divorce is if one of us isn’t happy. Life is too short.’ After trying to make the relationship evolve in the way our lives had, I realized it wasn’t a natural evolution. When the relationship becomes about working to make it work, it’s lost that beauty and that optimistic bohemian sense that brought us together. I don’t think love should be work… we tried and it wasn’t making us happy.” This totally bummed me out. AND it made me mad that this is the message that is getting pushed out there. Things too hard? Not happy? Ah, just quit then. Before we got married we always had people say to us “Marriage is a lot of work” and I never really GOT that… until we became married of course. Marriage IS a lot... Read More

Our Family Camp Fun

This last week we flew off to Wisconsin to attend family camp at Camp Forest Springs with Zach’s dad, his wife, and two of Zach’s younger brothers. We have done this for the last two years but THIS year my (Jody) mom, sister and her husband and their daughter came out as well! We had a really great time and wanted to share just a few photos. Below is my brother-in-law, Nathan, and my sister Jacq and my mom! Here is Jan and her hubby (Zach’s dad), Keith with my niece, Lila! Here is me and a distance relative, Ryan! He and I went kayaking and got in a splashing fight which ended up with both of us sopping wet :) Me and my cutest-niece-ever, Lila! Isn’t she adorable? (Image provided by my sister). My sister tried to get a few group shots, but it was nearing nap-time so someone was a little fussy…. we went along with it :)   My favorite… lol. And the group! So fun! Yay for family time :)... Read More