December 2, 2016
It’s been a while since I’ve written a personal post. This year has been crazy busy and I’m truly grateful for all of my wonderful clients. I wouldn’t be able to do what I love without you. You have blessed me beyond belief. For those of you that know me personally, you know that my Instagram is my baby. I love seeing your posts and sharing your beautiful sessions as well as a little sneak peek into our lives. I have received so much feedback from you guys on IG and I just have to say thank you. I’ve had quite a few people ask us how Shiloh and I stay so in love. I get asked about being a Mama of 4 boys and being a business owner. I never thought people would look to us for marriage advice or for life advice in general. It’s truly humbling. When I look in the mirror I see a mess of a girl just doing her best to get by each day. In no way do I think I have it all together but if you can gain inspiration or motivation from me then that makes my heart happy. If you’re not following us on IG yet, come say hi www.instagram.com/kimlynphotography If you are already following us then THANK YOU. I appreciate each and every one of your comments and likes. You guys inspire me daily.
I’m going to start blogging more often about our life together. Feel free to tell me what you’d like to see more of whether that be our family life, our marriage, behind the scenes, or business advice. I love hearing from you, it helps me to grow. Today, I am going to start with a post about Shiloh and I. It’s an emotional one but I really felt moved to share our experience with our wedding couples.
Last night I took Shiloh on a surprise date to see The Piano Guys. I’m a hopeless romantic, totally cheesy, and so sentimental. Sometimes a little over emotional. Last night was no exception. The reason I took him to see The Piano Guys is because at our wedding I walked down the aisle to their version of A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. Yep, super sentimental. The show was amazing. They did a mix of Christmas music, original pieces, and a few of the songs they are known for. At the end of the show they made an announcement that they had only two songs left. At this point they had yet to play our song, I sat there with my fingers crossed. They made some jokes and built up the anticipation. Sure enough they played our song next.
As I sat there holding Shiloh’s hand I was moved to tears. It was such a surreal experience. I was not only back in that moment, walking down the aisle towards him…but I was also in the present moment almost 5 years later. I was there with him, still happy, no…even happier than I was the day of our wedding. Something came over me and I just felt at peace. We were sitting in the audience, watching The Piano Guys live. When you get married you think it’s the happiest day of your life. It’s true, it’s one of the happiest but I promise there are so many more. Last night was one of them for me. I felt every single note they played, I felt his hand on mine, I felt the cool breeze of our wedding day, I felt the tears stream down my face, I felt happy. Truly happy. I never thought I would find someone who completed me. Shiloh is everything I could have ever hoped for in a husband and in a father to Ayden. He loves every piece of me. Even the pieces that aren’t perfect. I’m going to blow up his spot a little and say that he got teary eyed and emotional as well. It was the perfect moment. If you’re not familiar with The Piano Guys here is the video from our wedding.
The final song was another beautiful piece. Jon + Steve said their goodbyes to us letting us know it would be their final piece. They spoke about God’s grace and filled the audience with such hope and peace. Shiloh and I just held hands and felt blessed to be in the audience. They are amazingly talented but even more so they are good people. They dedicated it to everyday heros. Shiloh kept squeezing my hand. He said everything they described is who I am. What a way to make me more emotional right?! The last song was a mix between Fight Song + Amazing Grace. They played a video in the background of them playing the song in Scotland. As soon as I saw those kilt’s my body felt tense. Shiloh felt it too. He held me and understood. My Grandparent’s (Mem + Pep) were my everything. We lost them both the past couple of years. My Pep is Irish, growing up he would come to holidays in his kilt and play his bag pipe, accordion, and guitar with my uncle Bill. The song moved me to a place I haven’t let myself go. I never really let myself say goodbye to either of them. When The Piano Guys brought out actual bag pipe players I completely lost it. I cried like I never have before. I miss them terribly but I know they will always be with me. It was a beautiful moment that I’m so grateful to have had. Sharing it with Shiloh was just another blessing. He knows how much they meant to me and he allows me to cry and he is my strength when I need it. Life is beautiful if you open your eyes and allow it to be.
One piece of marriage advice I will give you today is to never stop dating. Make time for each other. Life is hard you guys, especially after having children. But don’t let the daily monotony of life put a damper on your marriage. You fell in love at one point…it takes work to stay in love. Plan a day date, plan a night out. If you’re anything like me, if it’s not scheduled it won’t happen. I plan dates months in advance. Sometimes I surprise him, sometimes I let him decide where we are going, sometimes we end up staying in and just watching a movie but we take time for each other. Here is the final song they played and a couple of imperfect pictures of us from last night. After you watch them, get offline and give your love a hug and kiss and plan a date!