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“She’s your lobster.”
If you know Friends like I do, you know exactly what I’m referencing. The wise words of Miss Phoebe Buffay.
“It’s a known fact that lobsters fall in love and mate for life. You can actually see old lobster couples walking around their tank holding claws.”
Sure, it’s cheesy 90’s sitcom humor, but I love it. I love it not only because I love ridiculous humor, but because it’s so true.
It’s about your person. Your partner. Your best friend.
The one that just fits. They make everything better, make everything easy. They make every moment of life more enjoyable than it was before.
Your lobster.

Gillian & Geoff are so each other’s lobster. They smile bigger together. Laugh harder together. And they’ll be holding claws for life.

Enjoy some of my favorites from their Brookside Gardens wedding, and leave a comment at the end to help them get a free 11×14 of their favorite image!:-)

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Because what do you do when you see each other for the first time on your wedding day and you can’t contain your excitement?
You high five.Brookside Gardens WeddingP I N I T Brookside Gardens WeddingP I N I T Brookside Gardens WeddingP I N I T Brookside Gardens WeddingP I N I T Brookside Gardens WeddingP I N I T Love the mix of pinks and corals!
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And the guys don’t look too shabby either.Brookside Gardens WeddingP I N I T Brookside Gardens WeddingP I N I T Brookside Gardens WeddingP I N I T Brookside Gardens WeddingP I N I T Brookside Gardens WeddingP I N I T Brookside Gardens WeddingP I N I T

Her laugh. And his smile.Brookside Gardens WeddingP I N I T Brookside Gardens WeddingP I N I T

Gillian & Geoff are so fun, so relaxed, and so full of life. And at the same time, they’re so romantic, so cozy, and so perfectly perfect together.Brookside Gardens WeddingP I N I T Brookside Gardens WeddingP I N I T Brookside Gardens WeddingP I N I T Brookside Gardens WeddingP I N I T Brookside Gardens WeddingP I N I T

Geoff’s face when he saw Gillian come down the aisle was priceless.Brookside Gardens WeddingP I N I T Brookside Gardens WeddingP I N I T Brookside Gardens WeddingP I N I T

Gillian mixed in some fun in her vows and her bridesmaids chipped in by doing a little dance 😉Brookside Gardens WeddingP I N I T Brookside Gardens WeddingP I N I T Brookside Gardens WeddingP I N I T

Such perfect decor for a summer Brookside Gardens wedding!Brookside Gardens Wedding ReceptionP I N I T Brookside Gardens Wedding DetailsP I N I T

Those s’mores cookies on the middle tier…I may or may not be guilty of eating one. And it may or may not have been ridiculously delicious 😉
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Favorite number two. Because their looks…and the sun…and the sky. Drool.
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Finishing off the night with the classic bouquet and garter toss!
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Gillian & Geoff – you have each found your lobster! Thank you so much for having me as a part of your day. I can’t wait to see where you “swim” off to next 😉

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  • Grace Rankin - Love this! So beautiful!

  • Jo Anne Tanaka - Wonderful wedding. Gorgeous photos. G was beautiful and Geoff so handsome. I had a fun time.

  • Geoff - We both knew from the moment we met Kate that she was “our” photographer and these pictures are proof that we were absolutely right. Kate, you captured who we really are – both individually and together – and I appreciate so much that you were there to capture these moments from the best day of my life, they are absolutely incredible! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Jenna - Congrats on such a beautiful wedding day!

  • Laura - You two are too cute! Congrats coworker 😉

  • Gillian Rankin - Just the perfect day, Kate you did an amazing job capturing it!

  • Susan Rankin - Absolutely beautiful! What a day!

“It takes a village.”
You hear the phrase and you know exactly what it means. And as a mom of two littles, I couldn’t believe in the phrase more.
The grandparents. The sitters. The neighbors. The teachers. Everyone.

It takes a village.

And without my village, life would feel impossible.
My village. The people I relate to. Lean on. Celebrate with and cry with.

For more than four years, I have been a part of a close-knit moms group. We were all pregnant and due in October of 2012 and connected online. How 21st Century of us, right? We’re all different kinds of moms, all over the US and Canada. Some of us have one kid, some five. We are all so incredibly different, it’s beautiful. But the most beautiful thing is that we have had each other – we have had our village – for more than four years. When one of us falls, the other 100+ of us picks them up.

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About a month ago, one of “our” kids got sick. Alarming symptoms and multiple doctors visits led to the words we never thought would make their way into our world.

Cancer.

Brain cancer.

Immediately, we joined together. For Zoey. For her mom, Casey. And for her whole family. This was one of our own. And we will be damned if we don’t fight.

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So, I got the privilege of photographing Little Miss Zoey. To capture her spunk. Her sass. Her joy. Her spirit.
To celebrate the incredible little girl she is.
To mark this as the beginning of her triumph.
Because she will beat this.
And she will beat it with all of us by her side.

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This sweet, sweet girl. The whole time we were shooting, we played games together. Zoey hiding. Me making ridiculous, three-year-old-worthy jokes. And of course, there were countless m&m’s and gummy bears.

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Zoey thought it was pretty hilarious to “feed” her m&m’s to her stuffed cow, “Cowie.” Her spunk remains untouched.

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Sweet girl. You have us all.

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The moment Casey picks her up, Zoey’s smile reaches a whole new level. It’s that kind of love only a mom can give.

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This.
Even in the hardest moments as a mom, there is a joy.
Because motherhood…motherhood is joy.

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Her eyes.
Those big brown eyes. They aren’t shedding tears.
They’re beaming with the joy of exploring the park for just the right pink flower.

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The look when we found the “perfect” pink flowering tree.

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Our girl.

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The deal we struck:
I take a photo of Cowie, and then I get to take one of her.
I’ll take that deal any day.

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Just being three…

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Our group has been able to show our love for Zoey and Casey in so many ways, and we won’t stop. Fundraising with t-shirts and bracelets.
A doorstep delivery of craft beer for Casey 😉 Photos all over Facebook with our kids holding signs that say, “#teamzoey.”
Because this girl is loved. And she is forever in our village.
And when you find your village, you love it. Live it. And pour all of your heart into it.

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Zoey and Casey, we love you. So much. And when you’re in this village, you know you’re safe.

Please help us in flooding Zoey & Casey’s world with prayers, thoughts, good vibes, juju…whatever it is that you do.
To learn more about Zoey’s journey, search #teamzoey on Facebook or Instagram. 

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  • Melissa Mullins - Beautiful job, so wonderful that you could take these portraits for them.

  • Sunshine Lump - This is amazing!

  • Jenelle Oliver - This is so incredibly touching. I absolutely adore the hydrangea pictures, and of course, the mommy smooches. So much love to you guys!

  • Meg Stein - These pictures melt my heart,Thankyou for sharing, our prayers are with you ♡

  • Michelle Fili Dills - Beautiful photos!! ❤️

  • Beth Wilson - Such beautiful pictures!!!

  • Steve Soja - So beautiful. <3

  • Terri Lemery - Love…there are no words <3

  • Sue Ann Packard-Wentworth - That was absolutely beautiful! You’ve captured the love and joy they share. Thank you for being there for Casey and Zoey.

  • Mary Santone Colley - Breathtaking, sweet innocence captured picture after picture filled with love and support! <3

  • Nancy Di Francisco Smith - Beautiful!!!!!!!

  • Alan Lyon - Thank you for sharing. Glad to be part of your village.

Love has a sound.
It’s never the same, but you know it when you hear it.
It’s the laugh of two people together.
It’s the whisper of things only they can hear.
It’s the sound of their feet as they walk together along a path.
It’s the sound of their child giggling in joy as she watches her parents together.
It’s the sound of sweet silence as the two hold each other closer.

Sarah & Meredith’s love is full of all those and more.
These two have it. They have the love we all dream about. It’s so undeniable, so real, and so honest. As I spent the day with them at their Boettcher Mansion wedding, we soaked in every moment of celebration of their love together. They laughed. They cried tears of joy. They had moments of quiet peace together, and moments of pure romance with their vows.

Their love…we saw it. We heard it. And we felt it.

Enjoy some of my favorites from their beautiful Boettcher Mansion wedding.

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Before their ceremony, we spent time taking photos in the incredible outdoor setting by the mansion.

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I can almost hear their laughter in this photo.

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These two are just such sweetness and such joy together.Boettcher Mansion WeddingP I N I T

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Favorite.

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Their daughter, TK, is one of the happiest little girls I’ve ever met! Such a sweetie.

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Favorite again. Because, let’s face it, I make the rules here ; )

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These two had the perfect ceremony, and did everything just how they wanted to do it. They both walked down the aisles at the same time, walking towards each other. The smiles they gave each other were priceless.

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Love this little series of Sarah!

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They included a special part in their ceremony for their daughter, and it could not have been more perfect.

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Love is love. Is love. Is love. Is love…..
And my gosh how love is beautiful.

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Of all things, they danced. Together, and unprompted. It was so perfect.

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Sarah & Meredith – I am so completely happy for you two and the start of your new chapter together. May the sounds of your love fill your home for all the years to come.

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  • Sue Leeds Hensley - The photography is wonderful!!!

  • Casady - Love these beautiful photos! They capture beauty, joy and love in every frame–Meredith’s and Sarah’s, and all who gathered to share their happy day!

  • Mary Miller - Images capture a beautiful evening celebrating Sarah & Meredith’s love!

  • Annie Minich - So beautiful!

  • Laura Burrell Garden - Lovely, joyful, inspiring. The photography is exceptional too.

  • Sandra J Hahn - These are magnificent photos. Beautiful subjects presented in the loveliest way!

  • Barbara Wood - The joy is so evident. Wonderful memories!!

  • Katie Jaskowiak - Beautiful sisters of mine! Photos captured the joy!

  • Elaine Campbell - These are photos of Pure Joy! Exquisite!

  • Jennifer Woodard - What a beautiful celebration of a beautiful love!

  • Roberta Wentworth - Beautiful photos of a gorgeous day with lovely people. Thanks for sharing these intimate moments filled with love & laughter.

  • John Leo - Oh!! Looking at these makes me feel like i was there. Such love, such happiness. Congrats. xoxo

  • Rachel Johnson Zahnd - Lovely photos of a lovely day with a lovely family. Blessings to Meredith, Sarah and TK! Thanks for letting us see the pictures from afar…

  • Cherie Pyne - Beautiful women. Beautiful Couple. Beautiful family. Beautiful day.

  • Judy Daniels - Beautiful pictures that captured the true meaning of love and partnership…

  • Amber Noelle - Absolutely breathtaking pictures!!! You do AMAZING work and truly capture the moment and all that it entails!! Meredith and Sarah I am so truly happy for you both and Matike!! Your love is strong, passionate and inspiring! I’ve thought that from the moment I met Sarah and spent a few moments with you both!! It’s in the way you look at one another!! I wish you all nothing but a lifetime of adventures and happiness together!! Much love and many hugs to all of you!! :)

  • Misty Dawn Dennis - Absolutely beautiful!

  • Kristin Garot - It’s so great to see the joy and love and laughter and family and friends in these photos – love and congratulations to the new family!

  • Lara Caimi - Such beautiful photos. Wish I had been there to see your beautiful day.

  • Bev - Love. Happiness. Beauty. Together. Nature. Sunshine. Trees.

  • Emily Ricklefs - Wow captured so many incredible moments. Truly beautiful.

  • Ray Imel - The gowns!, the jewelry, the light. Awesome.

  • Adrienne Manson - Absolutely beautiful!!

  • Michelle Gilders - These are so wonderful! Beautiful captures of two gorgeous women. What a fantastic day!

  • Tina - Beautiful and your love for each other shines through. Congrats!

  • Isa - I teared up at how beautiful the two look together. And the pictures captured the essence of their love and how flawless and happy the two look in each others’ presence. What a gorgeous collection of unforgettable memories. Xo

  • Laura - These are so beautiful they took my breath away. I hope I am in love like that and have such a wonderful photographer to capture it so beautifully!!

  • Jen - Couldn’t be happier, Sarah, for you and your beloved. Sending nothing but love and well-wishes! Jen

I first “met” Taryn over the phone when her and Collin were living in Alaska. The girl on the phone was sweet, bubbly, and so excited for her big day. She knew she had found the man, and her excitement to marry him was so evident – even through the phone. Her Evergreen barn wedding – it was going to be fantastic.

When I finally got to meet Taryn face to face, she was no different…greeting me with a big hug, and with such a warm and inviting personality. As she told me the story of her and Collin, I wasn’t surprised when she told me their first date lasted for hours as they laughed together. And their story together – it’s unbelievable.
They’re both adopted.
Both incredibly close to their families. (Taryn even wore her biological mom’s wedding dress!)
Both with huge hearts made of pure gold.
And both absolutely perfect for each other.

These two are going to have an incredible journey together. I just know it.

Enjoy some of my favorites from their day. And leave a comment at the bottom! 25 comments and they will get a free 11×14 of their favorite image:)


Taryn’s dad and bridesmaids had the most fantastic reaction to seeing her in her dress for the first time.

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Collin’s reaction was equally as incredible.

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Perfect look for a bridal party at a barn wedding!

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The guys had a little something hiding…

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Collin’s dad performed the ceremony. I just love it when the officiant is someone personal – it takes the ceremony to a whole new level.

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That blue, blue sky. We got hit with a few drops of rain, but it was worth it for that view!

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The inside of the barn….so gorgeous!

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Taryn is the first bride I’ve photographed that wore an heirloom dress. I’m such a sentimental sap, I loved seeing Taryn in her “Heaven Mom’s” dress.
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The perfect decor. Rustic. Country. But not too over the top.

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If my kids ever give me one of these handkerchiefs on their wedding day, I’ll be a huge puddle of tears.

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Favorites. Because they are everything these two are about – the laughs and smiles, and the soft, close romance.

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Taryn’s biological mom passed away when she was young, and has a place in her heart as her “Heaven Mom”. The night before their wedding, a rainbow appeared for Taryn and Collin, and during their reception, we saw a double rainbow. Taryn’s dad spoke about it during his speech, and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room. It was so perfect for these two.

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I just love this shot my second shooter Heather got of the two dancing!

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And a night time shot to end the evening right.:)

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Taryn & Collin – I am so, so incredibly happy for you two! And I can’t wait to meet your daughter soon!!! (They’re expecting!!) So much happiness lies ahead of you. Thank you so much for having me be a part of your big day!

Taryn & Collin’s incredible Evergreen Barn Wedding vendors include:
Venue | The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park
Videography | Kelsey Luciano Productions
Catering | Colorado Catering Co.
DJ | FUNction Pro DJ & Event Services
Hair by Kaylee Pawlowski
Make Up by Lara Hay with Bobbi Brown Makeup

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  • Crystal Schwartz - Love my brother to pieces!! I’m ecstatic to be adding a sister (finally). Love you both and glad that we were able to be there to join the celebration.

  • Julie McKesson - These pictures are just as beautiful as the day it all happened. Thank you for capturing the moment of my daughters wedding day. These will always be special to Collin and Taryn ! Love rhese

  • Stefanie Anne Long - WOW!!! This is the most beautiful wedding EVER! We love you, Taryn! I’m so sad we missed it, it looks like a dream! Such a beautiful bride :)

  • Ty Bjorklund - There are no words!! They captured the day so beautifully!!

  • Donda Gorton - Beautiful!!! The love comes pouring out through those amazing photos!

  • Kelly Polo Wheeler - You two are so HAPPY! Beautiful pictures, it’s so wonderful seeing it all come together!

  • Audrey Leneigh King - Amazing job capturing such wonderful memories!

  • Jennifer Lyon - Absolutely beautiful wedding! Your wedding dress is gorgeous!

  • Leslee - WOW. What stunning photos to capture a beautiful couple! I am at awh!

30.

It’s one of those birthdays. One of the birthdays that comes with some stigma. That you’re supposed to dread.

No one puts it better than our own Joey Tribiani…

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With 30 quickly approaching, I decided to take a different route.
I wasn’t going to dread it, and I wasn’t going to “go all out” in the last few days of my 20s, either.

Instead, I wanted to do something different.
Every birthday, we focus on ourselves. How should we celebrate? What gifts do we want?
When my husband asked me what I wanted, I got to thinking. There’s no material thing I really need, so I thought about what I could ask for that makes me happy.
The first thing that popped in my mind? Surprising other people.

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You see, I love surprising people. I love their reaction. I love the smile it brings on their face.
I love interrupting the mundane in their day to bring them unexpected joy.

It’s selfish really. Because when I surprise people, I get this feeling. It’s pure joy.
Chocolate fountain joy. Last day of school joy.

So I made a goal. For my 30th birthday, I planned to do 30 random acts of kindness for others.


Here’s how it went:

1 & 2. M&M’s for cashiers
At the Target checkout, I added two packs of M&M’s to my purchase. The teenage cashier asked me, “Would you like these left out?”
I told him, “Sure. One is for you, so you can keep it back there.”
“Really? Wow!”
He looked stunned. Like I had given him a hundred bucks. They were 99 cents. As I walked away, I heard him tell a coworker, “That lady just got me a pack of m&m’s!”
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Then Emmett gave the other pack to a cashier that we always see at Target, and who I swear is always in a bad mood. I give her the benefit of the doubt. I don’t know her story. But….she tossed the m&m’s below her register without even a glance. Who knows…maybe she was distracted, or thought we were giving them to her to put back or something. Oh well. Can’t win ’em all, right? 😉

3. Amazon Smile
Not a week goes by I don’t order something from Amazon (ok, maybe it’s a day), so instead of using the normal amazon.com, I switched to smile.amazon.com and made the Matthew Shepard Foundation my chosen charity. Now my shopping habit benefits a great charity every time I hit that little “checkout now” button.

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4. Gatorade and Nutrigrain for my trusty UPS man
Really… I am an Amazon Prime addict. The poor UPS man visits my house SO MUCH. Can you blame me, though? With two little ones, why leave the house for something when I can have it brought to my doorstep? So I gave my UPS driver a little pick-me-up with a Nutrigrain bar and some Gatorade.

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I set it on the porch, and watched him through the window as he picked it up and took it to his truck. He smiled, and snapped a photo of it with his phone. Maybe he sent it to someone, maybe he just did it to document it. Either way, I know it made his day a little better.

5. Left some snacks for the Mailman, too.
My poor mailman. It seems like every day I have a package for him to come pick up. I didn’t see him grab his goodies, but he does seem to be extra-nice now 😉

6. Milk donation
I’ve been blessed with extra milk after having Lucy, and it breaks my heart to know that so many moms struggle to make enough for their little ones. I found a mom who has a little boy born prematurely and only weighs 12 pounds at 6 months old. She isn’t making enough so I gave her 50 ounces to hopefully help her little one.

7, 8, 9. Random Greeting Cards
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Handwritten notes make my day…so much so that I never throw them away. I have them all. You may call me a packrat, but I’m so sentimental about them. When my grandma sends me a card, I hesitate to even throw away the envelope, because she always makes the dot above the “i” in “Katie” into a little heart. I wanted to send some good mail to friends who could use a little pick-me-up, so I sent 3, no-reason-but-because-I-love-you cards.:)

10. PetSmart charity donation
Both of our pets are adopted, so every time I check out at PetSmart, I donate $2. $1 for each of them. A trip to PetSmart this week was no different.

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11. Delivered cookies to the local library…
Have you ever seen a librarian’s face when a 3 year old little boy walks up with a plate full of cookies, and says, “Thank you for what you do”?? It’s pure magic.
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She was the sweetest thing ever. She couldn’t believe that we had no agenda. Just cookies. For absolutely no reason.

12. …And Police Station…
“Please use the buzzer to connect to dispatch” the sign outside the door to the Police Station read…
Um…..ok.

“Aurora Police. How can I help you?”
“Well…we’re just here to deliver some cookies. That’s it.”
“Oh! Um…ok! I’ll send someone out!”

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Out came a very nice Police Officer who chatted with Emmett all about what he wanted to be when he grew up, how to be safe, and his favorite color. And Emmett’s eyes beamed as he met a “real police officer”.

13…And Fire Station
This. Was. So. Cool.
We knock. The firefighters answer. We tell them, “Hey, we brought you cookies. You know, just as a little thank you.”
And then they welcome us into the station, take us on a tour. Let my three year old little boy into two fire trucks, on to the Swat vehicle. He got to ring the bell on a truck. He got to see where they sleep, eat, and work out. He got a badge. I swear, we were there for like a half hour.

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14. Thank you gift
My business is made on referrals. I get to do what I love every single day because clients of mine recommend me to others. And I love showing my gratitude, so I mailed an “A” necklace to someone dear who has sent some great client-turned-friends my way. It’s personal to her because her daughter and granddaughter have “A” names.:)30 random acts of kindness thank you giftP I N I T

15. Paid for the person behind me in the Starbucks drive-through
The classic pay-it-forward, but I had never done it. I loved driving away knowing she couldn’t thank me. It was truly random.

16. Surprise Starbucks
One of my good friends was having a rough month. She tripped on a Lego, and tore a ligament in her foot. Then, she tripped on the boot she was wearing to heal her foot and broke her hand! She needed a pick-me-up, so I brought her favorite Starbucks. (Starbucks fixes everything, right??)

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17. Goodwill run
Goodwill has so many great programs, and I have so much extra junk. It’s like a match made in Heaven.

18. Yard work
I’m spoiled. I haven’t picked up Charli’s “yard treats” since Nate and I moved in together. I have only mowed the lawn once in my life. (I have a total irrational fear that I’ll mow over a rock and it will fling into my face. Weird, I know.) When I asked Nate to show me how to start the mower, he looked a little confused, but pleasantly surprised. Maybe I’ll even do it again sometime 😉

19. Kids Candy Stand
I love seeing the little entrepreneurs pop up in summer time. We all did it at some point in our childhood, right? All it took to make these guys smile was a few quarters. Bonus – I even got some Airheads – pretty sure I haven’t had those in years!

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20. Pictures for Gramma
My mom lives 800 miles from us, and even though we FaceTime almost every day, she still misses Emmett and Lucy like crazy! I asked Emmett if he could do something nice for Gramma, and he shouted, “Sure! Let’s draw her a picture!” Done and done. She got it in the mail a few days later:)

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21. Pushed carts at Home Depot
Really, people, the cart corral isn’t that far away.

22. Let the cars in
We’re all in a hurry. But not in so much of a hurry that you can’t let another car in.

23. Seeds on windshields
One of the best parts about summer has to be all the flowers. I thought about planting some flowers, but I have the least green-thumb ever. It’s like a brown thumb. I can’t keep a plant alive for anything. Instead, I put a pack of seeds on the windshield of three cars. Hopefully one of those three people has a green thumb. 😉

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24. Gifted a book
Lately, the kids in our neighborhood have been hanging out at our house a lot. I think it’s mostly because we’re the only house on the street with pets, but Emmett loves having his friends over. When one of the neighbor girls mentioned she liked gymnastics, I went to the basement and got a book about Shannon Miller I read when I was her age. My mom had all my gymnastics stuff in a box that had made its way into our crawlspace, and I just didn’t need it anymore. She told me the next day that she had already started reading it.

25. Milkshakes
That friend I mentioned? The one who tripped on the Lego? Well she had to have surgery on her hand. Awesome luck, right? Since I had gotten her Starbucks a few days earlier, I spiced it up and got her a milkshake. I also brought one for her mom who came into town to help take care of the little ones. The caregivers need treats, too!

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26. Mailed coupons
Baby formula is EXPENSIVE. I don’t need any, but I got about $30 worth of coupons in the mail so I mailed them to a mom who is formula-feeding her baby.

27. Pushed carts in at Target
Yes, it’s a repeat, but there are always SO MANY carts that are just out in the parking lot.

28. NAMI donation
Nate’s family has done the NAMI walk for two years in a row, supporting mental health awareness. I wasn’t able to make it to the walk this year, so I donated online instead.

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29. GoFundMe donation
While browsing on Facebook, I saw that one of my past brides had a 4 year old niece diagnosed with cancer and had a GoFundMe page to help support her. Emmett’s almost 4, and the most traumatic thing that’s happened to him is getting some stitches on his forehead. And that was traumatic enough. I can’t imagine going through anything like this family is, so I did what I could and donated to support them. If you’d like, you can donate here.

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30. Canine cancer research donation
If you know me, you probably know Charli. She’s been my pup for more than 9 years, since I got her from Foothills Animal Shelter my sophomore year of college. She’s been at my side for everything. Two weeks ago, her belly got super swollen, and she wasn’t feeling well. After a trip to the Emergency Vet, she was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. We saw a tumor on the x-ray that was the size of the softball. The vet has given her “days to weeks”.

That was two weeks ago. Her swelling is gone. Her energy is back. She’s trying to sneak food off of the counters again. Is she better? I have no idea. Realistically, probably not. Optimistically, I hope so. For now, I’m just loving every day I have with her, and trying not to think about what’s next…because when I do, I cry…a lot.30 random acts of kindness canine cancer cure foundationP I N I T

The feeling of helplessness is part of what makes it so hard. I wish I had the answer, or the cure. But since I don’t, Nate and I donated to those who are working on it at the National Canine Cancer Foundation.
colorado wedding photographerP I N I T My dear friend, and incredible photographer, Briony, came to our house to get some photos of us all together as a family. This is one of my favorite pictures….ever.

30 things. For 30 years.
Did I change anyone’s life? No. But did I make some people smile? Make some people’s day just a little bit brighter? I hope so, because for me, that’s what it was about.

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  • Haley Elizabeth Allen - Awww, this is such a cool thing to do!!! I love how you chose to give back! <3

  • Erin Witt - You are such a beautiful human. I absolutely loved reading through all of this. You have inspired me to give back. Thank you <3

  • Jess Elysse Kornacki - Wow! I love this idea! You are so wonderful, and just looking through these made my day. I will aspire to do this for my 31st.

  • Ashley Kidder - This is an awesome idea for a blog post! Job well-done. I’m sure everyone you connected with for these acts of kindness appreciated you very much!

  • Larissa - What a beautiful way to make this world a better place! I hope thirty is the best year yet!!

  • Sharee Davenport - This is such an incredible and selfless way to celebrate your birthday! I love it!

  • Joyce Carpenter - You are just about one of the loveliest ladies I now have the pleasure of knowing. Your 30 random acts of kindness have touched my heart, have brought me to smiles and tears, and have convicted me in countless ways. You are a joy, a blessing, and a person I hope to have in my life for so many years to come. Thank you Miss Kate!

  • Cathy Marie - Beautiful. :’)