On November 20, 2010, these two young kids got married!

The handsome groom:DJMenning_W_0026The smokin’ hot bride: (lol!) DJMenning_W_0059We’ve been married seven years now! DJMenning_W_0406This life we’ve built together is more beautiful than I could ever have imagined. Thank you for loving me when I least deserve it. Thank you for putting up with my sarcasm, my saltiness, and my sass. Now that I think about it, thank you for loving me because of those things & not in spite of them. Thank you for loving all of me; even the parts I don’t think are worthy. Thank you for helping to create our two greatest blessings, Tenley & Kenton. Those moments when we’re all playing & laughing & my love for all of you feels like it will burst open my heart are my favorite moments. But I’m also grateful for the less-than-glamorous moments when both kids are overtired & we’re both at our wits’ end attempting to persuade them to succumb to sleep. When our tired, puffy eyes meet and you smile through the chaos & the busy-ness that is our lives with two babies. Though this sounds cliché, I love you more each & every day. Each day that you choose me and our kids gives us strength & makes our world shine brighter. DJMenning_W_0397I’m grateful beyond comprehension that God brought us together in His perfect timing. What a love we’ve gotten to experience together! And the fact that my love for you matures each day gives me assurance that we’ll  be even happier & more in love with each other as the years progress!
DJMenning_W_0529Our marriage brings me contentment & joy.DJMenning_W_0535DJMenning_W_0543DJMenning_W_0697We know each other better than anyone. We very often think and say the same exact thing at the same exact time. Although I’m with you nearly 24/7, I still miss you when we’re not together. Whether we’re exploring the world together, taking a walk in our backyard, cleaning up the explosion of our kids’ toys alongside one another, photographing a wedding together, or going on a date all fancy I absolutely love and enjoy being with you. If I’m being brutally honest, there are times when I take you for granted. But I will always try my best to ensure that those times are very few & far between because you and our marriage are SUCH a blessing to my life. I love you. Those words aren’t even adequate, but they’re all I have so I’ll tell you again & again each & every day we’re blessed to be together, I love you. Happy seventh wedding anniversary!

Here are a few fun photos throughout the years & all of the fun we’ve had together as we’ve grown in our relationship & gotten to know one another even better.

This engagement photo & all wedding photos above are by Inlux Photo.
DJMenning_E_0035This photo was taken by Nathan & Amanda.Menning050This was when we first found out we were expecting a baby (she turned out to be little miss Tenley). This was taken by Pixel Pop Photography.0082We took this for our Christmas card with our timer & tripod that year.Christmas_Card_2014_0003And then our world and marriage changed forever once Tenley was born in February 2015. This was taken by Lauren Grayson Photography.LGP_2075_dskOur family photos that year were just adorable. Thanks, Carlyn K Photography!Menning_Fall 2015-73Our family photos the next year featured a new baby bump (that turned out to be sweet Kenton).
Menning_2016-50Menning_2016-62And then Kenton was part of our family on the outside! Photos by Lauren Grayson Photography.LGP_3135LGP_3141Our family photos this year had our hands full & our smiles going on for miles. Pixel Pop Photography took these for us.00610261I don’t know what the future holds in store for us, but I know it’ll be amazing with you by my side. Cheers! Here’s to 77 more years.

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To say that we had a fabulous time with Eva & Andrew would be an understatement! Their wedding day was one of those days we could feel it in the air that everyone was entranced by the true love story that they saw unfolding in front of them and one of those days when people could cut loose together & have a remarkable time that they’ll all remember for years to come! Eva & Andrew are such a sweet & romantic couple, but they are also goofy. It’s the perfect combination & they’re amazing complements to one another. We’re so glad that they met during their first week of college at Mount Union, that they decided to risk ruining their amazing friendship so that they could date (seems that was the correct decision!), and that they stuck together through everything & have now vowed to do so for the rest of their lives.  Their wedding & reception venue, Brookside Farms in Louisville, Ohio is one of our favorite wedding venues in the Northeast Ohio area at which to photograph weddings! There are so many beautiful landscapes around the property & the barn reception venue is a great layout for fun! We’ve now had the great fortune to photograph weddings at Brookside Farms in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. And we’ve loved every single one! Eva & Andrew’s wedding day was full of so many memorable moments & it was truly difficult to narrow down the amount of images we’re sharing in this blog post! Eva was a very organized & thoughtful wedding planner. Their wedding day timeline ran smoothly & their details were beautiful & Pinterest-worthy while also being sentimental & special. We’re really happy for these two to belong to the married club! And we’re excited to get to share our favorites of their many, many wonderful wedding images with you all!brookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographyIt’s always great when I get to start out the wedding day with the meaningful & pretty details!brookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographyEva’s dress is from Jacqueline’s Bridal. I feel like I say this all of the time, but we highly recommend Jacqueline’s Bridal to all of our brides.brookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographyRachel Cleland did a fabulous job with the lovely bride’s hair.brookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographyCan’t forget the groom’s details either.brookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographyHello, perfect neckline & amazingly gorgeous bride! brookside farms ohio wedding photographyIt was time for a first look with her dad. brookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographyAnd her stepdad, too.brookside farms ohio wedding photographyEva & Andrew wanted to get to share a few moments together & read personal vows that they had written to each other. These two are the missing piece of each other’s hearts that they never knew existed until they met. They’re so unabashedly in love with one another & don’t hold back. We’re looking forward to seeing what marriage will hold in store for them because they are so perfect for one another.brookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographyAfter we all wiped our happy tears away, it was time for Eva & Andrew’s wedding ceremony at St. Louis Church in Louisville. It was our first time there & it was beautiful! brookside farms ohio wedding photographyWell, they’re downright adorbs!brookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographyWe had time to stop at Eva & Andrew’s Alma Mater Mount Union University. It was a brisk day, but everyone had a great time & powered through the cold.brookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographyAren’t those bouquets lovely? Graceful Wedding Company did a fabulous job with the florals & reception decor!brookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographyThey are all so cute & fun! We loved this bridal party!brookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographyWe had to make a quick stop on the kissing bridge! It has such significance to Mount Union alums who meet there & get married.brookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographyThis is one of my favorite bouquets all year! Those succulents & the different colors & textures worked so well together! Fall bouquets are dreamy.brookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographyThe rest of the bridal party portraits and bride & groom portraits took place at Brookside Farms. The light was glowy and perfect. And those various shades of purple? Stunning!brookside farms ohio wedding photographyThe guys looked dapper, as well. The coordinating, but not matching ties took the cool groomsmen factor over the top.brookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographyEva was a gloriously photogenic bride! She’s a lovely human and has a heart full of love and a giving spirit. We’re so happy to know her! brookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographyOkay, you two! Stop being so amazing all of the time! You’re making the rest of us look bad. hehe.brookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographyThe decor was whimsical meets vintage meets rustic meets chic. It was a perfect mixture for the cozy barn venue.brookside farms ohio wedding photographyHow thoughtful are they to thank us in their decor?! brookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographyTheir card mailbox was too cute.brookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographyAnd the White House Fruit Farm donuts for dessert made everyone happy. “Love means finding someone with whom you’d share your last donut.” How sweet. Pun intended. brookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographyLots of laughs and a few tears made up the toasts.brookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographyAnd then the father-daughter dance brought the entire room to tears. Eva’s dad surprised her with a slideshow of videos & photos from when she was growing up. I mean, come on! Tear-jerker for everyone! It was a touching moment.brookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographyAndrew & his mom shared a beautiful mother-son dance.
brookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographyAnd Eva danced with her step-dad. They invited all of the fathers & daughters to come dance, too.brookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographyAnd the rest of the night was full of dancing & laughter. It was a hoot! Their DJ Jake from Flash & Sound did a great job keeping the crowd going & having fun!brookside farms ohio wedding photographyOkay, this is when you know you’re an awesome bride! Get it, Eva!brookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographyGlowsticks for the win!brookside farms ohio wedding photographyAnd a shout out to the guys at Bumble Media who shot video on the wedding day. They were fun to talk to & easy to work with.brookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographyLove these two! brookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographyAnd when you’re as obsessed with tractors as Andrew is, the best thing ever is a tractor sendoff with your new hot wife driving the getaway tractor! brookside farms ohio wedding photographybrookside farms ohio wedding photographyCongratulations again, Eva & Andrew! We couldn’t be happier for you both! And we can’t thank you enough for trusting us with your precious wedding day memories!

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We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful November wedding to photograph than Alethea & Adam’s wedding day this past Saturday! They are a funny & laid back couple & we had so much fun with them! They had us cracking up, but they also had their guests in tears because they are so sweet together- just wait until you see Adam’s reaction to Alethea walking down the aisle! We love marriage & truly believe in its beauty as the greatest human relationship, which is why getting to photograph couples like Alethea & Adam on their first day of marriage is such a privilege to us! It allows them to create a legacy that’ll tell their story as a couple when they were first starting their marriage journey. Decades down the road, these photos can show their grandchildren how silly their grandfather was, how arresting their grandmother’s blue-green eyes were, and the romantic interaction between them on their wedding day as a young couple. We’re so grateful to Alethea & Adam for trusting us with their wedding day memories & we hope you’ll enjoy this wedding  blog post. If you’re married, maybe seeing these photos will help you recall something that happened on your wedding day that you may have forgotten. If you’re engaged, maybe you can look at these photos & think about how you’ll get to join the married club soon & how you can’t wait to love & serve your spouse. If you’re single, maybe this post will help you develop the list in your mind of your ideal spouse and the things you’d like to be to one another once you’re a married couple. If you never want to get married, maybe you can look at these photos & appreciate them for the fact that they’re creative & pretty. Whatever the case may be, I hope this blog post will bring you happiness of some kind today no matter the reason you stumbled upon it. Thanks for reading! And to Alethea & Adam, congratulations! You two are absolutely wonderful together & we’re excited to show you more photos soon! For now, here are just a few of our favorites!warren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerIt was great to be able to photograph Alethea’s bridal details on a family heirloom dresser. Alethea & Adam are family-oriented & have lots of sentimental family heirlooms in their home. Love that!warren, ohio wedding photographerAlethea’s grandmother’s purse is vintage perfection.warren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerConnelly’s did a fine job with the pretty Fall flowers!warren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerAlethea was a breathtaking bride. Classic. Elegant. Lovely.warren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerTheir wedding ceremony at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Niles was a beautiful one. warren, ohio wedding photographerWe love everything about Adam’s reaction to seeing his bride on their wedding day. And his brother’s Best Man reaction is great, too.warren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerFeeling some feelings? Nothing a little butt tap can’t help with. warren, ohio wedding photographerAnd I can see why he was tearing up! Stunning.warren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerI was wondering if they practiced this. Her dad kissed & hugged her & shook Adam’s hand simultaneously. Impressive!warren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerMarried! Yay!warren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerSeriously. . . these two are the best! Their joy was uplifting.warren, ohio wedding photographerWe took a short drive to the Niles McKinley Memorial Library for some bridal party & bride and groom photos. It was amazing weather for early November & we were thankful since most other days recently have been full of precipitation.warren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerLovely ladies.warren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerWe really enjoyed our time taking portraits with Adam & Alethea. They have an amazing connection & share just the right mixture of laughter & romance together.warren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerDon’t you just LOVE wedding dresses with sleeves?! Everything about Alethea’s bridal look said classic elegance & beauty.warren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerQuiet moments together on your wedding day are few. Soak them in when they happen.warren, ohio wedding photographerSeriously, Alethea. Just wow! Those eyes.warren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerAlthough this Fall in Northeast Ohio wasn’t the brightest (if we’re being honest), all we need is ONE pretty tree & your portraits will pop!warren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerI can picture their grandkids getting a kick out of this shot.warren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerThankfully, Adam & Alethea planned enough time to stop & visit Adam’s grandmother who couldn’t make it to the wedding or reception due to her health. She was really happy to see everyone.warren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerLeo’s Ristorante was full of beautiful decor & delicious pretty sweets for guests to enjoy.warren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerThere was also gorgeous uplighting provided by Jeremy from D&R Audio.warren, ohio wedding photographerThe toasts to the couple were emotional. It’s always really fun to hear about the bride & groom from the people closest to them. Hearing how much they’ve impacted others’ lives is one of our favorite parts about wedding receptions.warren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerAlethea’s dance with her father was so special & everyone could tell it meant a lot to both of them.warren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerAdam & his mom laughed & teared up a little, too. That’s the best combo.warren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerD&R did a great job and the guests had a blast! If you’re a bride & groom who want your guests to dance and have fun, my best advice to you is DANCE & HAVE FUN. . . your guests will join.warren, ohio wedding photographerWhen you’re burning up the dance floor & your tie becomes a handkerchief. ha!warren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerwarren, ohio wedding photographerAnd we snuck them away for just a few more quiet moments together.warren, ohio wedding photographerAlethea & Adam, you are amazing together & we’re cheering on your marriage! Thank you for letting us be part of your wedding day & we sincerely hope the photos will bring you & your family joy for many, many years!

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If you’re new to our blog, welcome! We’re Josh & Danielle, married wedding photographers in the Youngstown, Ohio area. We’re country kids & are raising our two littles (a girl and a boy) with a few acres of land to roam around on outside of Columbiana. We love marriage & all that it represents, which is why we believe wholeheartedly in what we do as wedding photographers! Thanks for stopping by the blog & feel free to look around & contact us about your engagement session, wedding day, or anniversary session! We look forward to talking with you!

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Fall engagement sessions are extremely popular almost everywhere, but especially here in Northeast Ohio! We love the changing seasons & living where we get to experience each of the four seasons and all of their beauty! It makes our career interesting, too, because we get to work with all of the different conditions of Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter! Summer ended & Fall started off beautifully with Amanda & Matt’s Mill Creek Park engagement session! We have said it before & we’ll probably say it a hundred more times or so. . . we get to hang out with & get to know the BEST couples! Amanda & Matt are so ready to get married & start the next chapter in their lives together; they’re both in total agreement when we asked them what they were MOST excited about for their wedding day! They said it at the exact same moment- “We can’t wait to finally be married!” They’re the cutest! Both of them would also agree that they LOVE their comfy hanging out & watching football clothes, but we think they clean up pretty darn nicely, don’t you? When they showed up to their engagement session, I was like “YAY!” Amanda’s style is classic & we can’t wait to see how stunning The Lake Club looks for their wedding day all decorated in a vintage, lace, pearls, classy style!ohio fall engagement photosohio fall engagement photosWe were really pumped that the glowy sunshine decided to make an appearance for their engagement photos!ohio fall engagement photosThe couples who laugh together like this are the ones who’ll be walking along in the park holding hands & reflecting back on 50 years together someday. ohio fall engagement photosohio fall engagement photosohio fall engagement photosohio fall engagement photosThis is a favorite! So dreamy!ohio fall engagement photosohio fall engagement photos“We love because He first loved us.”ohio fall engagement photosohio fall engagement photosohio fall engagement photosohio fall engagement photosohio fall engagement photosohio fall engagement photosohio fall engagement photosSo you need to hear their proposal story because it’s amazing & fun & perfectly imperfect in the best way. First, Amanda’s parents were in on it. Amanda & Matt were out for a date & he supposedly got a call (really he didn’t) & he told Amanda that he regrettably had to take care of something at work. He said he hoped it’d only be an hour & that they’d resume their date afterward. Amanda went and hung out with her parents for a bit. What Matt was really doing was decorating and building a perfect place to propose to Amanda outside of the school where she teaches. . .ohio fall engagement photosohio fall engagement photosAs the evening went on, Amanda got impatient & decided that she wanted to change into comfier clothes instead of sitting around in her dress. Matt had taken longer than an hour & she said she was over the dress at that point. She went up to change & her mom told her afterward that she wanted to say something to get Amanda to leave her nice clothes on because she knew that Amanda would want to be wearing something dressier during the proposal, but she couldn’t figure out what to say to Amanda without tipping her off that something was going on. . . ohio fall engagement photosAmanda’s mom asked her if she wanted to go get ice cream & who says no to that? When they arrived at her school instead of the ice cream shop, she was stunned & ecstatic to see Matt & a decorated proposal gazebo with lights.  He asked. She said yes. And then they both laughed and she said, “Of course, I’m wearing this old t-shirt in the proposal photos.” Everyone was so excited that her t-shirt didn’t matter. And it adds to the fun of the story that they’ll get to tell for generations.
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ohio fall engagement photosohio fall engagement photosohio fall engagement photosohio fall engagement photosWe shared so many laughs with these two during their engagement session & we know their wedding day will be wonderful & full of love. Here’s to cherishing these images & their wedding photos for decades upon decades! ohio fall engagement photosohio fall engagement photosohio fall engagement photosYay! We’re so excited to photograph the first day of your marriage, Amanda & Matt! Thanks for spending such a fun afternoon with us for your engagement photos!

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I find myself in awe of our daughter Tenley many times every day. The way that God created her is amazing & awe-inspiring. She’s a masterpiece- a true work of art. Motherhood has caused me so much introspection. When I gaze into her hazel eyes, I see myself reflected & when I catch her looking at me & watching what I’m doing, imitating how I’m acting, or listening to the words I say even when I don’t realize she is paying attention at first, I am motivated every single day to improve myself & make sure I’m the best version of myself I can be. She’s only two. But she has already taught me so much. These are my current top three things that I believe every mother should learn from her daughter.

  1. You Are Enough Just the Way God Made You 
    Why do we (mothers especially) constantly criticize ourselves & make ourselves feel as though we’re not enough? We’re not savvy enough. We’re not put together enough. We’re not fashionable enough. We’re not enough for our kids. We’re not enough for our husbands. Our house isn’t clean enough. We aren’t fit enough. We’re. Just. Never. Enough. Why do we torture ourselves with these things? I look at Tenley & those thoughts don’t occur to her. She’s happy. She knows what it is to be content. Kids have a way of being satisfied with the little things. Deep down, they want our love, time, & attention. That’s it. Truly. God made you uniquely you. You’re a special individual. Just the way you are, you’re enough. I am beyond grateful that my beautiful daughter reminds me of this without even knowing she does so each & every day. I am a perfect mother for her because God chose me to be her mother. He put us together & I’m enough just the way God made me. [Don’t get me wrong; there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to improve yourself, and you should want to strive to improve, but your motivation to do so should be positive instead of negative. “I am loved & beautiful & so happy that I can continually be better every day” instead of “I’m never good enough; I need to be {fill in the blank- thinner, richer, more successful, prettier, etc}”. The desire for self-improvement should come from a positive place!]
  2. Be Confident
    Kids have so much natural self-confidence. Tenley played dress up with my sisters’ & my old prom dresses a couple of months ago (and she already looks so much more grown up since then. All the bittersweetness. . . but I digress. . . ) and the way she lit up was incredible. When I tell her she’s beautiful and smart and funny and kind and precious (and a million other compliments) she soaks it up with a huge smile. She doesn’t shrug or argue or try to deflect like so many of us do. A few weddings ago, one of the other wedding vendors we worked with was talking with us about our children and she asked how old they were. When I shared that they were 2.5 and 7 months (at the time), she said, “Wow! You look so great!” My immediate reaction was to say, “Well, I’m still 15 pounds heavier than I’d like to be, but thank you.” Why? Why can’t I have the innocent & wonderful self-confidence that Tenley has? The answer is that I can have it. It’s something that I have to constantly work toward since the world has tried to convince us all that we need to attain some “ideal” in order to be worthy. But *See Point 1, above. I am enough. I should be confident in that.things mothers can learn from their daughtersthings mothers can learn from their daughtersthings mothers can learn from their daughtersthings mothers can learn from their daughters
  3. Dream As Big As You Possibly Can Dream
    When Tenley sings, she’s the best singer in the world. When Tenley twirls around and dances, I can see that in her mind she feels like she’s the fastest twirler there ever was. When Josh throws her up into the sky (as she says), she thinks she can touch the moon. I realize that a lot of her confidence comes from the innocence and naïvety of being a child, but it is definitely something we adults can learn from! When she dreams something or imagines something, it’s as good as reality. If we chased our dreams with even a fraction of the gusto of a child, we’d all achieve everything we put our minds to doing! If we could quiet our minds of the fear of failure, we’d all go toward so many opportunities that we normally shy away from.things mothers can learn from their daughters

So many of the circumstances & occurrences in our lives from childhood to adulthood cause us to doubt ourselves & our abilities. The world will take every opportunity to beat us down, to convince us we aren’t special, to rob us of our natural creativity. We need to do our best to retain the innocence, the confidence, the kindness, and the contentedness of our childhood selves. Growing up doesn’t have to mean losing those beautiful attributes of ourselves. Take a lesson from Tenley today: you’re enough so be confident & dream big dreams! things mothers can learn from their daughtersthings mothers can learn from their daughters

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If you’re new to our blog, we’re Josh & Danielle. We’re married and we photograph love stories in the Youngstown, Ohio area & beyond! We also travel to Cleveland and Pittsburgh to photograph weddings, and occasionally we even get to go to a fun beach location for a fab couple! We met in 2005, got married in 2010, and have two beautiful blonde babies, Tenley & Kenton- a daughter (2.5) and a son (8 months). We love being outside and really love to laugh together and be goofy. God and family are our priorities. If you’d like to follow along with our fun, you can find us here:

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