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Feb 12 / 2020

Writing has always been how I sort out my feelings and express myself, even as a little girl.  But sometimes life is full of big feeling after big feeling and you can’t catch your breath.  And sometimes it’s full of so many little feelings that they all tangle together inside and can’t get out.  That […]

Balancing Sadness and Hope

Oct 15 / 2019

This Thanksgiving weekend was hard for my Micah and, thus, hard for me.  We’re in the process of having him assessed for autism, and it’s a roller coaster.  One meeting I have a paediatrician that specializes in this telling me that even if I hadn’t told him a thing, he would have flagged Micah for […]

Life with a Child with Disabilities

Oct 10 / 2019

When people say “marriage takes work,” or “marriage isn’t easy,” or “marriage requires sacrifice,” I don’t know about you but I imaged dramatic fights and yelling and storming out of rooms.  That’s what I equivocated with “hard.”   Now don’t get me wrong, our first year of marriage did have me storming out of a […]

Happy 10th Anniversary to Us

Apr 21 / 2019

My husband asked me a question during date night the other week. He asked if I could change one thing in this season of life to make motherhood easier, what would it be. Without a hesitation I said, “Take away Micah’s SPD.” His sensory processing disorder is not the hardest thing I have to deal […]

Thankfulness In the Midst of a Life You Didn’t Choose

Feb 13 / 2019

The first time we had a “your child has sensory issues” statement thrown my way during an assessment I was relieved. I was relieved because I knew he was different in my mama gut and I kept trying to tell friends and family to treat him a certain way that I knew would help him, […]

Receiving the Diagnosis | Micah’s SPD Journey

Feb 05 / 2019

I grew up very isolated. We lived on an acreage about 40 minutes outside of town, I was an only child, and I was home-schooled. When I did venture out into “the world” I was guarded and suspicious. I had experienced some deep hurts in my life and I was not going to let it […]

It Takes a Village

Jan 18 / 2019

Dear World, Many people have told my mom that I am such an “easy baby” or an “easy child” because I don’t get into as much mischief as other kids, but there’s a secret reason why.  I have a hidden handicap called Sensory Processing Disorder (or SPD).  It’s a neurodevelopment disorder the affects my brain […]

A Letter from Micah: Living with SPD

Sep 05 / 2018

I feel like “self-care” is almost a taboo word in some circles, though with more recent articles and movements it’s becoming more socially acceptable and less “selfish”.  I find that I can be good at self-care with the small things in life, which keep me afloat, but I struggle with the bigger things that ultimately […]

August 2018 | 365 Project Favourites | Self Care Thoughts

Aug 03 / 2018

I’ve started and stopped, and then started over with this blog post both physically and mentally more than once now.  I’m all for being real on social media, but how real is too real?  For those of you that know me in real life, you know that I have very little filter.  If you ask, […]

July Favourites and Let’s Talk About Mental Health

Jun 27 / 2018

This blog entry is a little bit of a combo post.  It has my favourite photos and moments from June, but it also unpacks something that has been playing hugely on my mind and heart this past month as well, and that is how much I struggle with parenting.  I feel like I can rock […]

June 2018 | 365 Project Favourites and Parenting Thoughts

Jun 17 / 2018

I was a blogger years before I was a photographer.  Writing used to be the only way I could process things.  I was the kid with the diaries and gel pens, too.  I had a random blog where I posted about anything and everything which I dismantled when I transitioned over to this platform that […]

A Father’s Day Post

Oct 06 / 2017

I was always the odd one out growing up.  I would start each year in my classroom sitting in a circle with all the other kids waiting to introduce ourselves.  I would scan the faces opposite me and choose who was going to be my best friend.  As you can imagine, this didn’t work as […]

A&K Cake Smash | Orchard Park, Port Moody

Sep 24 / 2017

To the overachieving, world-conquering, (possibly also holding down a job) mama, stop.  You need to know something.  You need to know that YOU are ENOUGH.  Read that slowly.  You, yes, YOU, are enough.  You are doing okay.  You are doing more than okay.  Because it really has nothing to do with “doing”.  It has to […]

Super mom – hang up your cape and chill.

Apr 14 / 2015

This blog post is going to be a little harder to write than normal.  I had all sorts of plans for it originally.  We were heading back to the Valley that I grew up in for Easter, and I was so excited about some of the shots I was going to get for this month’s […]

April 15 on the 15th for 2015

Nov 09 / 2014

So last night marked the end of our one-month-without buying anything.  I’d have to say that it was a lot easier than we thought.  When we got within 5-6 days of the end, I started craving some sushi, though, haha.  We learned not only to be more thankful for what we have, but we also […]

One-Month-Without Finished!

Oct 30 / 2014

Okay, so we’re officially three weeks into our month of no purchases.  Since a month has slightly more than four weeks, we actually have 10 days left.  We’re done on November 9th.  I’m trying hard to think of what to update on since week three was pretty similar to week two.  We did, however, make […]

One Month Without – 3 Weeks In

Oct 23 / 2014

So today marks almost the half-way point in our One Month Without (buying anything) challenge.  There’s been a lot of reactions as people find out what we’re doing.  I’ve had people question my motives, my resolve, and my sanity.  I’ve had people feel inspired and write to tell me how their lives were being impacted […]

One Month Without – Half Way

Oct 09 / 2014

We had an interesting question at our Life Group last night:  “How do you determine what is a need in your life versus what is a ‘want.’”  I feel like we answered the question quickly.  Too quickly.   We need food.  We need water.  We don’t need the latest renovations on our home.  We don’t […]

Need vs. Want: One Month Without

Jul 01 / 2014

I think there are two dangers in blogging, or sharing through any form of social media really.  I think there’s the danger of publicly declaring every emotion that pulls at your heart.  I’m bored.   I’m upset.  I’m frustrated.  I’m angry.  I’m hurt.  Etc.  And there’s also the danger of portraying your life as some […]

Behind the Scenes

May 25 / 2014

Life is old photographs served best with a side of snickers and groans.  Life is freezing time in your mind and soaking the present into your pores.  Life is unleashing the imagination onto the blank canvass of future. Life is staying up til 2 in the morning laughing like school children and playing “what if”. […]

Photography 365 Project: (Day 144 – Life)

Jan 30 / 2014

My name is Laura, but that is just a title that I answer to.  It is not who I am.  It is not how I define myself.  If you ask me to describe myself I will throw out words.  Words like… overachiever, tenacious, stubborn, artistic, logical, and so on.  I will stick more titles, more […]

Hi, this is me. (Don’t read if you don’t want it to get real).

Dec 12 / 2013

Winter:I know it’s a little early for a New-Year’s-Eve type post, but I can’t help being reflective already.  When I look back at all the changes in our life over the past 12 months, it’s amazing where God has taken us.  My husband entered the year being a part of his original film company with […]

This Year’s Journey

Jun 05 / 2013

My coworker and I were talking after class last week, and he asked me a question that was harder than I thought to put into words.  He asked me, “Why.”  Why do I choose to follow Christ.  Have you ever tried to put something like that into actual words? How do you begin to even […]

Why. Why Choose to Follow?

Apr 29 / 2013

This is where God is.  In the present.  I AM – His very name….  It’s not the gifts that fulfill, but the holiness of the space.  The God in it….  This is supreme gift, time, God Himself framed in moment.  …and time is only of the essence, because time is the essence of God, I […]

Mexico 2013