HOFMEISTER HOLIDAY

There is something about the holiday season that is so magical...and at the same time stressful. Don't get me wrong, I love all of the decoration and gifts as much as the next person; yet, keeping up with the expectation of it all has become very overwhelming, especially while trying to balance marriage and motherhood with a full time day job. 

My heart is in a very different place now and I value things like time or experience so much more than material items. Because of this, we opted out of traditional gifts this year. Coincidentally, what started as a last minute, dual purpose photo opportunity for holiday cards while finding a Christmas tree has turned into the best gift ever.

Although this isn't our daughter's first Christmas holiday, it was a first of ours witnessing her fully experience the magic to the season. A special thanks to our photographer Nikki Santerre, who I connected with and have admired over the little Instagram space, for accommodating to a last minute mama's idea and preserving so perfectly this moment in time for us. I may be a bit biased but when you share the same name with your photographer, you know the images are going to be beautiful.

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Photography: Nikki Santerre // Location: Mill Farm Williamsburg, VA // My Skirt: Jenny Yoo Louise Tulle Skirt from BHLDN // Lena's Dress: Zara // Lena's Coat: Rylee + Cru // Lena's Bow: Fourth + Pierce // Lena's Doll: Hazel Village

My Favorite Season

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The warm sun, sand between my toes, and the sound of the ocean roaring up the shore. This is what I live for. It's no secret, summer is my favorite season and I can't help but reflect on this past as we near the end of it.

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I'll admit, summer is far from perfect (and pumpkin fans may argue fall takes that title). There are challenging, messy days to this season. Hello heat and sticky humidity!

Ironically, there is a parallel to this figurative season I'm in now. I've experienced some of the most challenging days in my life so far and to this day I struggle to find balance between myself, marriage and motherhood.

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Yet despite the challenging moments, I've come to realize that this season of my life is my favorite. Motherhood is my favorite.

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Just like the warm sun, the smile on my daughter's face quite literally lights up my life. The pure joy fills my heart and soul to a depth I never knew existed before.

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As we near the end of summer this year, I'm reminded of just how quickly time passes by. That this season is fleeting. All I can do is be fully present and soak up every light filled moment. So, this is where you'll find me for the rest of the it.

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Thank you to our dear friend Shannon for continuing to capture our season so perfectly! xo

Photography: Shannon Moffit // My Dress: Free People // Lena's Playsuit: Marlow & Mae // Lena's Flower Crown: Sage Sisters from Noble Carriage