September 30, 2013

it's that time of year

I'm not sure what is UP with our house and car/tire issues lately! Adam took B to school today, then came home and said he had a flat tire, then proceeded to take my car to work so I've been stranded at the house all day. I don't really mind, I had lots of editing to do and I managed to get a blog post done so check out one of my favorite families over HERE. I'm ready for a break from car drama!! Well, as of tomorrow its officially October which means my busiest 2 months of the year is upon me! I do love this time of year but it also kicks my bootie every.single.year. I'm trying to just breathe and take a day at a time. My holiday mini sessions are this weekend so be checking my business blog b/c there is sure to be lots of cuteness coming! Well, I'm gonna get in the shower since its 1:20pm and I've been glued to my computer screen all day. Hope everyone has a great Monday! xo

September 25, 2013

Not Home Yet ~ Remembering Sara

We got some tragic news yesterday, Adam's best friend (who was just in town), his sister died suddenly yesterday at age 35. They are thinking a blood clot was the cause. When things like this happen it leaves me with so many questions, thoughts, but most of all, a yearning to get home -my eternal home where there is no more sickness or dying. I am broken hearted for her husband who woke up today in an entirely different life than he had yesterday morning, for her parents who I'm sure didn't think they would have to bury their daughter, for our dear friend Jeremy who is now an only child. life can change. Its all so sobering and makes you pause. At the end of every church service we all collectively stand and say together "As we approach this week may we love God, embrace beauty, and live life to the fullest." I want to actually live that out and not just say it, I want my daughter to realize there is more to life than what meets the eye. I think its hard to live in the tension of trusting that God's timing is best, you can't get too comfortable, and I firmly believe Jesus cares more about our character than our comfort. I also think this is how we're called to live, trusting that the one who created us knows best. This life is so unpredictable, and hard, and messy, I want to cling to the only one who is predictable, who doesn't ever change, who calls to the weary and says HE will give them rest. The Lord says he is near to the broken hearted, please pray for Sara's family, that they would feel the peace and love of Jesus in this excruciating time. xo

September 23, 2013

hey there

So the Winns had a pretty good weekend! Adam's bff was in town so it was fun to hang out with him, go out to dinner, etc. We went to our first UMHB football game of the season and that was a lot of fun! The university just got a brand new stadium so this was the first game using it, turned out really nice! Sunday we had church, then I met a friend for coffee and then had a mini session which I just blogged over HERE. Check it out! Hope everyone had a great weekend! xo

September 17, 2013

new-ish phase

Last week ended up being a bit busier than I had anticipated, not in a bad way, just busy. Houston was fun, good to get out of Waco for a bit and do something new! It was good seeing our friends who we hadn't seen in 2ish years and to watch the Astros WIN a game (wonders never cease)! We got upgraded to a suite at our hotel b/c they gave us keys to an occupied room and we walked in on some folks -DOH! We also got free breakfast out of the deal so, there's that! This week is going to be a busy one, last night Bible study was at my house, tonight is mi casa and its one of my gal's birthdays and she requested "dump cake" -should be interesting. We have friends coming over for dinner tomorrow night who we just don't see enough any more, and Adam's bff, Jeremy is in town for a few days so he's crashing at our place! Whew!

I told Adam that I keep having this uneasy feeling like I'm forgetting to do something...that feeling of going on vacation and realizing you left your garage door open, I can't shake it. With each passing day I'm coming to the realization that its just a newish phase of life for me. This is the first time EVER where I haven't had something I "have" to do. Meaning, my daughter is at school all day, I'm not working for anyone but myself and there are times during the day where I actually have...time. This is totally foreign to me and I can tell I'm not quite sure what to do about it! Its a GREAT thing, I'm not wanting to sound like I'm complaining, its just so new to me and that I almost don't know what to do with myself. And with that said, I still don't know where the hours in the day go?? The fall is always nuts for me, I'm just trying to brace myself for what's coming. Even though its 95 degrees outside fall is in the air, and I love it. With this time of year also brings the dreaded job hunt process for Adam. Sigh. You'd think after all these years I'd be used to it by now but really, I'm not. I hate the thought of moving, of more change, of starting makes me tired. I want Waco to be home, I'm hopeful it can be but until that full time gig comes along, there's always that chance of a move. Boo. Well, that's the scoop for today! xo

September 13, 2013

I MAY have spoke too soon/ HOLIDAY MINI SESSIONS

So, I really did think the tides were turning...and maybe they still are but yesterday Adam backed my car into a concrete pole...the damage isn't great. Sigh. Is it October yet?...

Anyhoo, on a brighter note:

MOLLY WINN PHOTOGRAPHY MINI SESSIONS have officially been announced! As always I'm only doing a handful so let me know if you want in! (they are almost filled up already!)

DATES: October 5th & 6th

WHERE: 5th -urban location TBD, 6th -rural location TBD

HOW MUCH: $225 for up to 5 people, $25 per person after that!

WHAT DO I GET: 20 minute session, an online gallery of 12 images, of which you can select 5 for your disc! If you want the remaining 7 images, there is an additional $100 cost

If you have any questions/want a session shoot me an email:

Hope to see you soon! xo

September 12, 2013

first blog on my new computer

I officially just blogged my first blog on my new computer, check it out over HERE! xo

September 11, 2013

the tides have officially turned

I hope I'm not speaking too soon but I feel like since yesterday the tides have finally turned and I can feel a change in the air. I feel like this is the first time in a long time where I actually have 2 seconds to sit and breath and think and plan. When I looked at my calendar today and saw that it was completely empty, my heart took a big sigh. That's not to say I don't have a list of things to get done today but none of them are essential -such a great feeling. My computer is up and running -HOORAY! There are still a couple things I (well, probably more than a couple) that I need o figure out but all in all, I think the two of us can work well together. :) Technical issues are such a big stress for me so to feel more at ease in this regard is like an elephant being lifted off my shoulders.

We had mi casa last night, it was so good to have my kids here. I think only 3 were missing so it was a good size group last night and we I laugh more on Tuesday nights than any other time for sure. I know I'm biased but I have the coolest Baylor students in my group and its been so fun to do life with them the past 3, going on 4 years. One of them asked me to shoot their wedding next summer, so honored. She also said she was going to ask B to be her flower sweet! I love the way these "kids" love my kid, since B is an only child its neat to see her have like 15ish older brothers and sisters who care about her so much, warms the ol' heart cockles.  One of my guys just rocked his big cpa test for grad school and he landed an amazing internship, so proud! He texted me right when his test was over to tell me he passed, said I was the first person he told, made my heart smile. Another one just had an interview for med school, he's going to be an amazing doctor one day, I just know it. Growing up before my eyes. I can't believe their seniors! I'm secretly (or not so secretly) planning renovations to the guest room to stack it with bunk beds so they can all stay forever. :) They can't leave me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Well, I think that's all the news for now -hopefully Debbie Downer will be gone for a while and Smiling Susie can stick around for a good bit! Here's a peek of an engagement session I'm working on, more to come! xo

September 9, 2013

the hits...they keep on comin'

Big sigh. THIS THIS will be the week the tides turn! I mean it this time. Sigh. So, this past week/weekend was a bit crazy...just more of the same really. Adam went to Target to grab a couple things, when he got in my car to come home, the car wouldn't start. Sigh. After trying a couple things it turned out I needed a new battery. I still don't have a key to Adam's car so I was stuck at home unable to help him (I've asked him NUMEROUS times over the years to make me a key to his car...I'll blame him for this one ;). Thankfully a nice stranger helped him out and he was able to get home (then had to re-jump it to get to the auto shop). As I'm racing out the door to get B to a birthday party, I drop Adam's keys (I had to take his car since he was dealing w/ my car drama) in between this one inch space between our house and the concrete steps that lead into the backyard. BIG SIGH. Its 100 degrees outside, B is waiting in a hot car that isn't yet turned on while I'm scrounging a stick from the yard to try and pull the keys out from this one inch space so I can get her to a bday party. Ay yi yi. We get to the party, when its over we head home, Adam's still not back yet from dealing with car debacle, he gets home JUST as I need to walk out the door to a shoot (It was a lovely engagement session, but I'm not gonna lie, shooting in 100 degree heat leaves a little something to be desired). I'm tired... my life lately is making me tired. I got a lot of my photo stuff squared away this week on the new computer but I'm still not "up and running" yet. I'm hoping today to be back in business, fingers crossed!

Poor B, I think she got my nasty cold that took me down for 2.5 weeks, I hope it doesn't stick that long with her. She's all stuffy with a dry cough. Ugh.

Well, this week when I look at the calendar I feel like there should be some peace. I have a long list of to-dos today but it seems doable and not overwhelming like the past weeks. I think we're going to head to Houston this weekend to see some friends and go to an Astros game, that should be fun! And 1 baby shower and 2 birthday parties, doable. :) Tonight about 20 ladies are coming over to chat and hang out for the evening, should be fun...better get my house in order! :/ I hope everyone out there has a great Monday, hopefully I can get my computer in order and have a session to share soon! Thanks for checking in! xo

September 4, 2013

keepin on keepin on

I'm still alive...barely. I'm still in that hanging-by-a-thread place where I feel like I could very easily go over the edge. Sigh. My cold is still lingering, and (sorry men) I have horrendous cramps at the moment and just want to curl up in a ball and shut out the world for a few more days. Yesterday plain My sweet husband ended up taking on my new computer problems and solved several of my crisis (, so I feel a bit better about all of that today. It only took 2 attempts for my web designer to get back to me (that might be a record) so I was able to retrieve some much needed info from him in order to get back into my site, blog, etc.. Speaking of blog, just posted a mini session from Oregon, check it out HERE. I have no idea how or why but I'm able to blog better over here at the ol' blogger site and hyper links are working again -hooray! (would love to know what was wrong w/ my old computer that wouldn't allow such things??). So, anyhoo, yesterday I picked up B from school and we went out for cupcakes and to get a pedicure...I felt like I needed it. It helped...for a minute. :) Came home, got dinner ready for my college kiddos and officially had our first mi casa of the semester! It was smaller than usual, several of my darlings couldn't make it which was a bummer, but still great to hear about every one's summer, etc.. I fell into bed around 11pm and feel plain exhausted today. Sigh. Sorry for those of you who faithfully read this sad little blog! I've been such a downer lately! I just feel like I've gotten beat up the past 3+ wks and am waiting for the tides to turn. Brighter days are ahead...I just know it! Hope everyone is having a lovely Wednesday! xo

September 2, 2013


Ay yi yi...WHERE to even start?! Remember how I said we walked back into a train wreck after being gone for nearly 7 weeks? Well, the train wreck has yet to stop. I really am hopeful this week will bring the change we ALL need. Let's see, we ended up buying a new washer/dryer, but we couldn't really install the dryer b/c the hole in the floor wasn't big enough for the tubing to fit, etc. Got that all squared away (Thanks Clint!). I did laundry last night for the first time in AGES -so far I'm loving the new set!! (*this is the first new "whole" set we've ever had in 13 years of marriage, I now understand why folks get so excited over new appliances :).

My computer full on CRASHED a few days ago. BIG SIGH. To be fair, I knew it was on its last leg and thankfully had saved all the images to an external hard drive before the crash but there is just something so tragic and final about loosing your business lifeline permanently and all at once. Seriously, what I wouldn't give for 15 more minutes with my computer to save some essential links, photo things, etc. that I desperately need. For anyone who knows me at all you KNOW how much I hate change and how technical problems send me right over the edge. So, the combination of my brand new computer/ALL the issues of dealing with my lost necessities to running my business...I feel like there isn't enough air in the world to take a deep breath. I had a minor melt down last night...had to walk away from it all and bury myself in mindless television. I keep trying to look at the bright side, yay, new computer! Yay, the best week for it to happen, not shooting for a week! Yay, more updated technology to more efficiently do my job! (this one doesn't really excite me, now I'm just pretending). Sigh. As dramatic as it sounds, its been rough.

Oh, and to add insult to injury I've been SICK for nearly TWO WEEKS! I know its my body's way of falling apart after the stress that has been my life the past 3 weeks but, the timing is horrid (but really, WHEN is a good time to get sick anyway?). It all started in my neck, I could hardly turn my head for days, then it made its way to my throat, then it crept up to my sinuses where its decided to make its home for about a week. I'm Bright side, I do think I'm nearing the end...I can see the light.

In other news, I got all "its hot, I'm tired of having long hair" and went and had 5 inches cut off. Its okay, I've never had much of an opinion about my hair so whatever, but it does feel nice in this 100+ degree heat! Mi casa starts on Tuesday, part of me feels like I need another week to get my crap together but the wiser part of me knows that once my kids are in my house and making it loud and crazy and messy  - that that is where my heart will truly find peace and a sense of "normal." Having my house hustling and bustling with college students is what everyday life looks like in this house and I can't wait to hug on all my babies and hear about their summers. And technically mi casa kinda started last week, one of my kiddos thought it was start night and showed up and stayed a couple hours, cause really -why not? That's what we're here for, to do life and live with others in community, I know at the end of the day the other stuff doesn't matter -I just need to be reminded from time to time.

Well, this post got longer than what I set out to write. I guess I needed to purge a bit. Sorry for the major blog lulls lately, I DO think normalcy is just around the bend (I'm pretty much counting on it). I hope to be able to share more life stuff soon, so stay tuned. As always, thanks for reading. xo