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“Don’t sweat the small stuff.”
It’s easy to say, but it can be so hard to actually do. We get caught up in the stress of life. So much to do, so little time. Sound familiar?

But then there are people who you can tell actually don’t sweat the small stuff. And not only that, they really live in the moment. Sure, it sounds a little cheesy, and a little cliche. But those people who really live for the now, they are inspiring.

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Kelsie and Ben – they are those people.
They go with the path that life is taking them on without a second doubt.
They lean on each other with complete trust.
They live for the fun in life.
They giggle together.
All the time.
They giggle in the most energetic and joyful way. Even just a glance at each other and the giggles erupt.

And it may be a simple giggle, but it’s how they live life. Simply. Happily.
It’s so refreshing, and so full of love.

Here’s to hoping we can all be a little bit like them. And giggle just a little bit more 😉

Enjoy my favorites from their Wedgewood Boulder wedding.

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Kelsie and Ben exchanged notes before the ceremony. I have no idea what they said, but from the look on their faces, they were pretty sweet notes!

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Kelsie and her mom have the sweetest relationship. It’s like they’re best friends.

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Kelsie you are stunning!

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The snow may have prevented the ceremony from happening outdoors, but that didn’t stop it from being beautiful!

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The most perfect reception decor. Romantic, sweet, and oh-so-classy.

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Ria from Nature’s Grace Design did it again – stunning florals!

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This reception room makes my jaw drop.

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After the ceremony, we went outside for some snow portraits. The snow was coming down in the biggest, most beautiful flakes.

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Totally worth freezing for.

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Favorite.
Her eyes. Her smile. His gaze at his new wife.

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Reason #45 why I always have a cute umbrella in my trunk –
you’ll never know when you’ll need it.

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Such a sweet first dance together.

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Kelsie’s ring makes me drool…. Good job Ben 😉

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A dessert spread for the reception. Love the macaroon idea!

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Just before their grand exit, we snuck away for a few more portraits. The snow had slowed and made for the perfect backdrop.

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A grand exit with ribbon wands! Such a great idea! I love how my second shooter, Sarah, and I got such different shots of their exit. Love having second shooters!

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Congratulations again, Kelsie & Ben!! You two are absolutely amazing together and your spirit for life is contagious:)

Remember to show some love and leave a comment below! 25 comments gets these two a free 11×14 print of their favorite image!

Also – if you or someone you know is getting married, be sure to check out my 10 year celebration special!:)

Kelsie & Ben’s Wedgewood Boulder Wedding Vendors:

Floral & Design: Ria Erikson with Natures Grace Design
Kelsie’s Dress: Mori Lee from Amanda’s Bridal
Ben’s Suit: Men’s Warehouse
Hair and Makeup: Ashleigh Dering with The Parlour Wash Park
Wedgewood Boulder Wedding: The Wedgewood at Boulder Creek
DJ: dj Maestro
Bakery: Happy Bake Shop

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  • Jenn Onstott - Wow, the snow, the atmosphere, the couple…looks absolutely perfect 😉 Congratulations!

  • Sarah Jane - Amazing pictures of an amazing wedding!!!

  • Joyce Smith Carpenter - So beautiful, so perfect, lovely beyond words. Kelsie & Ben, we love you!
    Kate!!! You are amazing!! Thank you to Sarah too!

  • Sara Schleske Bernal - Oh Kelsie Noe, you were right…that wrap makes your photos stunning! Love you, my friend. So happy you found a man who is your perfect match.

10 years.
10 years.
3,650 days.
87,600 hours.
5,256,000 minutes.
You get the point. It’s a long time.
10 years since I began Kate Marie Photography.
Even longer since I started my journey as a professional Colorado wedding photographer.
10 years. It’s a long time.

If my business were a person, she’d be entering her awkward, sassy, pre-teen phase.
“Cooties” would be disappearing and pimples would be taking their place. She would probably have a Bieber poster or two on her bedroom wall. Yikes. Bieber.
10 years. It’s a long time.

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10 years ago, my sister and I sat at Macaroni Grill with our big plates of chicken parmesan and lasagna and talked about my new adventure. I needed a business name. We doodled on the white butcher paper tablecloth with Crayola crayons (in true Macaroni Grill style, of course) and my sister wrote out, “Kate Marie Photography.” I can still picture her handwriting on the table in waxy blue crayon.
It was perfect. It was simple. It was me. And this business is me.

Kate Marie Photography is sentimental.
It’s spontaneous.
It’s spunky.
It’s spirited.
It’s romantic.
It’s bold.
It’s me.

And I want to celebrate the big 1-0.
I want to celebrate big.
Like confetti-at-the-end-of-the-Super Bowl-big.
Because 10 years as a small business is a big deal.
So, let’s celebrate.
Big.
10 years big.

Because, you know, 10 years….it’s a long time.

To celebrate, I’m going to do something I never do.

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*Here are the deets:
– 10% off any wedding package booked. 2016, 2017, heck even 2018 – all eligible.
– In order to get the 10% off, you must book by June 30, 2016.
– Not to be combined with a referral promo.
That’s it. Simple as pie.

So if you’re engaged, and curious about more, contact me.
We can meet up and chat over coffee or wine. (Who doesn’t like free coffee or wine?) 
If you know someone who is engaged, pass this along.

Click here to view investment information and contact me!

Stay tuned for more celebratory posts later this week, including some of my favorite shoots from the past 10 years!

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There are moments in life that change everything. Moments that shift your life in a new direction, and from that moment on, you just know… a new chapter has started.

Lucy Marie Lyon was born on March 7th at 3:40 am, weighing in at a whopping 5 pounds, 12 ounces, and 17″ long.

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Our new chapter had begun. In the most fantastic way ever.

Labor was fast and furious, just like it was with Emmett. 4 hours of labor and our little girl was here. After (nearly) 9 months of waiting, we finally knew that she was a she. As she was born, the doctors exclaimed, “Tell her, dad! Tell her!” and Nate replied, “I can’t see!!” Hands everywhere and the chaos of labor, but once he got a look, he said in a way I’ll always remember, “It’s a girl! A girl!!”

A girl.

We have a daughter.

A daughter.

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The tears started rolling down my face as I waited to hear her cry. In a split second, the nurses swept her off my chest to the warmer. A small complication had made it hard for her to breathe, so they gave her a little help. I got to snuggle her for about a minute, and then she was swept to the NICU.

Little Lucy had some trouble keeping her oxygen levels where they needed to be, so she spent about 18 hours in the NICU. Just as talk began of having to send her home with oxygen, she was able to hold her oxygen levels on her own and got out of the NICU. The nurse gave me the good news and I couldn’t hold back the tears.

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Getting out of the NICU meant that she could finally meet her big brother (While in the NICU, he could only see her through the door).
And then, tears really started flowing.
He was so excited. And so protective. And so happy. And so in love with her.
He kept saying, “She’s so cute! She’s so cute! I love her!”

My heart has never felt so full. After so much anxiety and so many nerves about Baby #2, it all came together. Life feels so perfect, and we just love her so much.

Enjoy some of my favorite photos from Emmett meeting Lucy, and some of my favorites from her first two weeks at home. Emmett’s going to have to teach her the ropes of being a photographer’s kid… and the thousands of pictures that come with it 😉

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I will never forget how excited Emmett was to meet Lucy. Non-stop smiling and giggling. It was amazing to literally see him fall in love with his sister.

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My heart. It just melts.

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What you can’t see is me trying to wipe the tears (of joy) from my face as I took these photographs.

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“I want to kiss her!” “I want to hold her hand!”

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Home at last!

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Yes, I already have hundreds (maybe thousands) of pictures of her. But I’ve also been trying to just be present in the first few weeks of her life, and our life as a family of four. Putting the camera down is hard, but sometimes you have to just soak up the now.

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I still can’t believe we have a daughter:)

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kate-marie-photography-14P I N I T My favorite photo of my two angels. Ever. You can see Emmett’s pride, and Lucy just loving on him.
SO worth the two toys I had to buy him to bribe him into cooperating 😉
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A little sneak into her nursery (more in another post!)

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Thanks to everyone for your kind wishes! And extra thanks to my clients who have been super patient the past two weeks while I’ve been in newborn mode!

Welcome to the world, Lucy.

We just love you.

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  • Penny Elliott Fox - She is beautiful and he is such a handsome big brother. I am Rick’s friend from volleyball. Congrats to all of you.

  • Rachael Bangert - This made me tear up.

  • Jennifer Lyon - This is wonderful Katie!!

  • Sandra Stupar Genova - So sweet! Congrats!

  • Shauna D. Davis - So happy for you! You got your girl! Sorry about the NICU stay but so glad it was short.

  • Cindy Nielsen - What a wonderful blog! Katie, you’re the best photographer ever! We love all of you so much!

  • Alan Lyon - Just absolutely love her.

“This is your community.”
Amy’s mom said it perfectly when she welcomed the couple’s friends and family to their wedding reception at Space Gallery Denver.

And she is so right. Those that filled the rows of their ceremony and the dinner tables at their reception weren’t just friends and family. They were so, so much more than that.

A community.

They are the ones who (as one of Stephen’s groomsmen put it), “will offer to help move your huge refrigerator”.
They are their support. They are their people.
Amy and Stephen’s community is deep.

It was so obvious, even to me. Groups of smiling faces from college, medical school, their local friends, their families…the list goes on and on. They were true communities.

But the most obvious thing about the incredible people that gathered for their day was their love for these two. From a personalized wedding ceremony performed by a close friend to bridal party speeches that spoke true to the couple’s character – you could just tell.

These two and the community they’ve built. They’re pretty incredible.

Enjoy some of my favorites from Amy & Stephen’s day. And don’t forget – 25 comments gets these two a free 11×14 print, so leave some love at the bottom!

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Amy chose the perfect accessories to go with her amazing gown from Emma & Grace, and the bridesmaid dresses she chose were just stunning.

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The terrace at the Hyatt Convention Center was the perfect spot for an intimate first look with Amy & Stephen.

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Love this ceremony location. Peak’s Lounge was modern, intimate, and so unique.

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Amy & Stephen’s good friend officiated their ceremony, and incorporated marriage advice from the couple’s friends and family. It was such a personal touch to the ceremony, and connected everyone just that much more.

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After the ceremony, it was portrait time at Union Station!

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Love these colors together! Perfect for a winter wedding. (Even the random 60 degree February day like we had!)

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I just can’t say enough about how fabulous my second shooter Briony is. I absolutely adore the candid images like these that she snaps while I’m getting a different view. Her shot here – – –

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Amy & Stephen love this wall art in Denver, and it made for the perfect mix of portrait backgrounds.

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Space Gallery Denver is one of those venues that doesn’t need a lot of decor. With the rotating art, it’s so stunning just as it is. The white and grey touches Amy & Stephen incorporated made everything pop in the best way.

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Who needs a wedding cake when you have an ice cream bar?!

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And a s’mores bar on the patio!

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Time for the dances! Amy & Stephen nailed their first dance and I heard guest after guest say, “This is awesome!”

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One of the things I love most about Space Gallery is the area around it. Alleys. . . doorways. . . nooks & crannies. They make for the most dramatic night shots.

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Congratulations, Amy & Stephen! You two and your community are so loving, so spirited, and so fun!

Don’t forget to leave a comment below! 25 comments and these two lovebirds get a free 11×14:)

Ceremony Venue: Hyatt Downtown Denver
Reception Venue: Space Gallery Denver
Flowers: Plum Sage Flowers
Dress: Emma and Grace
Hair/Makeup: Matthew Morris Salon
Ice cream: Sweet Action
Food: Epicurean
Coordination: We Tie The Knots

Click below to view other weddings from Space Gallery!
Shannon & Reilly
Leanne & Chris

Now booking 2016 and 2017 weddings. Contact me for more information if you or someone you know is tying the knot!:)

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  • Jack Kay - Photos are AMAZING!

  • Michelle Dewvall - Absolutely stunning!!!

  • Mike S - Great Pictures for sure

  • Alta Specializzazione Musicale - Marina is ready to cook for you: you have to bring Amy at Grole. Congratulations!

  • The Concert Of 100 Youths - Waiting for you in Sesto (ask Steve for details). Happy lfe to you and Amy

  • The Concert Of 100 Youths - A big hug to both from your Italian family

  • Qui Base Luna - Well, our musical planet is excellent for a fun honeymoon: we’ll wait for you at the launch center in Desenzano Italy

  • Sogni in Corso - In our next CD we’ll have a song for Amy: all the best dear Stephen

  • Scuola di Musica del Garda - You have a special deal here waiting for you as a wedding gift: a Blues Brothers singing class for Steve. We know he’d love it! Congratulations!

  • Garda Lake International Music Master - I hope the music was as great as the pictures! Have fun!

  • ONELab - Hey you must take Amy to Italy (and with the excuse of innovation, take daddy too)

  • Gigi Tagliapietra - What a joyful moment!

  • Cynthia A Nelson - Great wedding in every way!

  • Jessica Cecil - So beautiful <3 Congrats again and thanks for inviting us!

  • Rick Perry - We were honored you invited us to your wedding, thank you. We wish you many years of happiness.

  • Belinda Baxter - Lovely photos of a lovely couple on a monumentous day! Congrats Stephen and Amy, and may these memories last you a lifetime!

  • Gretchen Leuck Baxter - Breathtaking. So Beautiful, sophisticated and elegant

  • Jodie Nida - Stunning photos of an amazing couple! May your marriage be forever blessed!

  • Anita Nerhus - Amy & Stephen ~~ These fantastic photos express the joy, fun and love felt at your beautiful wedding and the immense love you have for each other. So glad to have shared it with you all.

  • Belinda Baxter - What lovely photos! Almost makes me feel like I was there. Congrats, Stephen and Amy – may your love and these happy memories last you a lifetime and beyond!

  • Nick Nelson - The photos were exceptional in detail, timeliness, coverage and originality. Above all, they reflected the love shared between Stephen and Amy. Cindy and I were glad and honored to be a part of it.

  • Gretchen Baxter - So elegant. Breathtaking. Wish I could have attended. Wishing them both an everlasting love for each other.

  • Denny - Though marriage generally presents that two people become one, that is rarely true. You each will have some special interest that is not shared by your marriage partner. Allow that special interest to exist. You each must retain some individuality.

    You are a very beautiful couple. Best wishes!

  • Suzanne Leuck - A beautiful bride, and a handsome groom. God bless them both!

  • Frazer "unk" Leuck - What a delightful wedding for a couple of delightful young people! My first experience of a wedding in the ‘modern’ world, occupied by my grandchildren and grandnephews/nieces. God bless them all!

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  • Nikki Perry - I love these photos! They are so beautiful and you can truly see the love between Stephan and Amy. I had an amazing time at the wedding and these realy capture the joy that was in the atmosphere that night.

  • Linda Mead - Wonderful- imagery , framing, loving subjects…amazing. Last two shots were incredible. Wish I could have been there to share in the joy. Blessings forever to the happy couple.

  • Jo Ann Baker - Your photos were so beautiful! You all looked so happy and so in love. Felt like I was there. I can’t wait to show them to my mom. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful day through your fantastic photos

  • Barbara Rinner - Love the photos and the wonderful memories!

  • Jacquelyn Dekker - Beautiful pictures! What a special day!

  • Lindsay Rinner - So cute !!!

  • kim rinner - The photos are gorgeous!!
    -Kim Rinner

  • Carleen Marie - These are amazing! So glad I got the chance to be a part of this day!
    Carleen

  • Steve Meyer - Great pictures of a beautifully photogenic couple which capture the many wonderful memories of that special day.

  • Douglas - Love you all!

  • Glenn Meyer - Great pictures of a wonderful day.

  • Chris mccabe - The photos are stunning! Such a great day and an honor to celebrate with you!

  • Stephen Meyer - Thank you so much for capturing these moments, Kate! These photos are better than I ever could have imagined.

  • Pat Kohl - Wow! What fabulous photos. They captured the essence of your beautiful day!

  • Mary Chamberlain - What a beautiful wedding with family and friends! Loved the pictures. Brings back wonderful memories of an awesome day! Keep celebrating, Amy and Stephen! What a beautiful couple you make.

  • Kaitlin Prinsen - These pictures are amazing. Way to capture such an amazing day!

  • Eric Wilberg - Awesome photos of a very fun day!

  • Shelley Yorke Rose - Gorgeous photos – congrats to Amy and Stephen! Looks like a great time was had by all.

  • Linda Rinner - Beautiful photographs!

  • Jaime Dibrowa - Such beautiful pics!

  • Peggy Gamble - What a lovely couple …
    Amy you grew up!!!!

  • Jennie Crate - Beautiful captures! I really love the individual bridal portrait in the city–stunning!

  • Candice Benjamin Moore - Cute! I love the Space Gallery!

  • Linda Pears Rinner - Great pictures – I’m crying again !

  • Kari Baars - These photos perfectly capture this wonderful day and the amazing couple!

  • Marie DeArment - Excellent Photos! Capture the essence of a loving couple, their family and friends and the beauty of their selected venues!

  • Leigha Bice - Beautiful, Amy & Stephen!! Congrats!! Xoxo, Leigha

  • Rita Rinner - What a beautiful summary of a magical evening with a lovely / handsome bride and groom! Awesome photos.

  • Ben Findley - Great shots and summary of the day! Excellent find on the Tivoli mural too!

  • Julie Y - Gorgeous bride!

  • stephanie - Love!

  • Rick Rinner - Great job Kate!

  • Erika Burke - The photos are absolutely beautiful, such a fun wedding!

I have a habit of doing what I think far too many of us do these days. I bury things. When I have things come up in my life that I wish weren’t there, or feel things I wish I weren’t feeling, it’s my instinct to just push them away. Pretend they’re not there. Because…maybe if I just ignore them, they will go away. And even though we all know that is the worst thing to do, we’ve all done it at some point. Probably more than we admit.

Well, I’m not going to do that now. I’m putting it out there, because I know I’m not the only one feeling this way. And I’m most definitely not the only one burying something.


My belly is round. So round. And getting rounder each day. I feel my second baby move inside me – he or she kicks, stretches, and loves to poke into this one spot on the right side of my ribs. “Bitty”, as we call him or her, loves to have a dance party as I try to go to sleep. I know these little things about him or her, and those little things I absolutely love.
But at the same time, I’m scared.

Yup. I said it.
I’m scared.
Yes, pregnancy is an incredible blessing, and I am eternally thankful for the life growing inside of me. But I’m going to put it out there and say what I think many expecting moms are feeling, yet can’t bring themselves to say to others.
I. Am. Terrified.

Not of the diapers. Not of labor. Not of the spit up. Or any of that. I’ve done that before. I can change the dirtiest of diapers with my eyes closed. 2016-01-26_0025P I N I T

I’m scared of being able to love another child as much as I love my son Emmett.
Of having the energy to be a mom to two.
Of losing my special relationship with my first.
Of being “good enough” to be a mom to two, while running my own business, being a wife, and saving time to just be me.
Of change.

I know I will love this baby. I already do love this baby. But the unknown…the unknown is scary.

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Emmett helping us with Bitty’s room. The little guy just loves to help right now. 

As I sit and write this, and the words escape my head and move themselves onto the screen in front of me, I already feel myself healing, and feeling calmer about the future. I suppose that’s the bigger lesson here, right? Keeping things in, burying them, pretending they don’t exist really makes things 100x harder. I’ve had these feelings for months, and now, after just writing for a bit, I find myself breathing a little easier. This big ‘ol belly of mine feels a little bit lighter.

Last week, I took Emmett out for a special “Mama-Emmett” day. We went to Chick-Fil-A, the indoor playground, and even checked out a couple of preschools. (HOW is my child old enough for preschool already??) It was the perfect day. Bedtime came, and over the monitor, out of nowhere, Emmett said, “Mama, thank you for taking me to the playground today and to preschools.” I teared up instantly, and then it hit me…

There’s no such thing as the perfect person.
There’s no such thing as the perfect parent.
But there is such thing as the perfect parent for your child.
In that moment, I knew. He’s my child for a reason. I am the perfect parent for him. No one could possibly know him or love him like my husband and I do. We are the best thing for him. We were made for each other.
And it’s time I had faith that we will be the same for Bitty. It’s time I trust our journey as a family.2016-01-26_0024P I N I T Our day together – waiting in the car for preschool to open and climbing at the indoor playground.

The weeks are passing quickly. And before we know it, he or she will be here. I have said for the past months that “I know it will all be wonderful. I know it will all be great.” But I said it with a sense of hesitation inside. Spilling these words, admitting my feelings, now I can honestly say I know it will be the most incredible thing. It’s amazing how making myself a little bit vulnerable and admitting to my fear has made it dissipate already.

What’s your “thing”? What are you burying? What are you afraid to admit, even to yourself?

I challenge you to open up. Make yourself vulnerable. We live in a world of filtered social media posts and comparisons to one another, so let’s do it. Let’s remove the filters. 2016-01-26_0023P I N I T

My world, real & unfiltered. Toys all over. Emmett in mismatched socks watching morning cartoons. And perfect even in its chaos. 

Let’s get honest. Because if you can’t admit to a struggle, you won’t be able to claim the success of overcoming it.

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And I leave you with this… because when E takes my phone and wants to do some selfies, this is what I see later on my phone. I dare you not to smile at that face:)

And because sometimes music says it better than anything…

You have always worn your flaws upon your sleeve
And I have always buried them deep beneath the ground
Dig them up; let’s finish what we’ve started
Dig them up, so nothing’s left untouched

Flaws, Bastille

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  • Cathy Marie - Tot. Remember when you first had E? How scary it was? Everything was new and unknown. Remember when you couldn’t get E to sleep at night? How stressful it was. It was new and unknown. Remember when you cried because he wouldn’t stay a baby forever and would grow to become more independent? The new and the unknown are always a little scary. But each time you not only made it through, but you all thrived on all of the amazing things that used to sound so scary. I remember feeling that way when I just had your brother. But then your sister came along and it wasn’t at all as I had dreamed up in my head. You don’t have a storage limit on the amount of love in your heart that has to be measured out to each child (and your husband). As your family grows, so does your heart and so does the love. Each child holds a special place in your heart and you have a unique relationship with each one. One is not any better than the other..it enhances your life. You know how protective your brother is. Now E will get to have his own special relationship with his new sibling and HE will be the protective big brother. How awesome is that? Just sit back and enjoy the ride. They grow up so fast. Love you, mama tot.

  • Rachel Kemble - What a beautiful letter to both of your children!

  • Jennifer Lyon - This is such a beautiful post Katie-it made me cry! And as emmets grandmother and of course a mother of two children I know exactly what you’re going through. I think it is perfectly OK to mourn the loss of having time with your only child. And of course things will never be the same! But giving little Emmett the gift of a sibling is a wonderful thing to do.
    I myself have been worrying a bit about how I will handle being a grandmother to two grandchildren instead of one! I am so used to being Emmetts playmate when he is over it will be quite an adjustment- and yet I know that having another grandchild will be such an exciting wonderful new adventure for the whole family!

  • Sarah Morgan Boccolucci - Thank you for openning yourself up like this. You don’t split your love, it just grows to meet your needs.

  • Kristina Rael Rice - Emmett will be a fantastic big bro and you’ll always be an amazing mom!

  • Ally Wright Triolo - I feel the exact same way. Love how real you are here… Thanks for sharing!

  • Kayla Feldman Scott - Wow, this is such an amazing post… I love it!

  • Katie Lynn Reinke Mathis - Thanks for sharing!! I totally get where your coming from. The moment we found out we were having twins was the scariest day of my life!! How could I love 2 babies, care for two babies and still be there for Evan. I did a lot of soul searching and reaching out to other Moms of multiples. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! It will all take time to get used to, but it’s so worth it!! E is going to be a great big brother! Thanks for being real!

  • Ashley Kidder - Love the “day in the life of” style photos here! Great post.

  • Alan Lyon - I don’t have children. I do have and older sister, and your babies grandfather is my older brother. And I have the most also younger sister you can imagine. E is getting a gift of a younger sibling, and E gets bity. How totally awesome is this. I can not imagine my world with out my siblings. And losing our oldest brother, still makes me cry. Thanks for sharing.

  • Monet - This is so beautiful. I’m expecting my second baby, and I feel the same way. Your words made me cry!!