So sorry to have dropped off the face of the social media earth.
I’ve always tried to be as authentic as I can be on this blog – whether it be life related or business related. So, although it would have been much easier to pretend that all is well or to blame the fact that I haven’t been blogging on being busy, I won’t. The truth is, we’ve actually been walking through some really hard times lately; some of the most difficult of my life even. And yet, I am okay. We are okay. God is near. In fact, God has been working on my heart in pretty big ways. I feel God and hear from God and know God more than I ever have before. It is truly an amazing thing to be put in a place where you feel you have been stripped of everything and to realize that all you have is Him….all you have is God.
For those of you who were wondering, I removed myself from facebook and twitter as I needed some time to regain my focus on what is important in life with as little distraction as possible. I realized that I had become addicted to social media (that sounds terribly pathetic…to be addicted to facebook). I have wasted a lot of time being so obsessed with needing to know what is going on in everyone else’s lives…whereas I should have been using that time to get my own life in check. I’ve also realized that I had become addicted to this business. I’ve made this business an idol. Not only have I put it before God, but I’ve put it before my family. Of course, I still love photography, I still love this business and I’m still committed to being great at both of those things….but, I don’t want it like I wanted it 3+ weeks ago. I want God. I want Geoff. I want Boone.
In the middle of everything, a few weeks ago we found out that we have to move out of the home we have been renting for the past year, as the owners need to move back in. Moving day is in 8 days. And as I write this, we don’t know where we are going and have packed somewhere in the neighborhood of 10ish boxes. Logistically, you can imagine how this is stressful. Even so, we are trusting with all of our might that God is right beside us. He knows exactly what He is doing and we believe He will lead our paths straight. We remember His past faithfulness and how He has always provided what we have needed. This is nothing more than an inconvenience, because really, we have all that we need and more.
Anyway, I do have some fun things to blog – Megan’s bridal portrait is one of them….might try to blog that tomorrow if you want to come back to see.
For now, I’ll leave you with a few pics of our little weirdo.
wow. that’s a lot of stuff. i’m sorry you guys are going through some tough times, but i’m so happy to hear that God is working in you and you are leaning into Him. that’s so encouraging to hear and see. praying for you and your family!!
Lifting you up in prayer as you focus on regaining focus in your life. Also praying that God will provide you and your family with a home that you can fill with love and creativity. Sorry you are going through rough times and know things will look up soon.
I have yet to meet the both of you, but I adore your candidness….. and I know, (without even knowing the two of you), that God IS right there with you – and that, like you said, He IS in control and knows what He’s doing!!! Nonetheless, I am happy to pray for a smooth transition and everything in between! Thinking and praying for you two love birds!
chey. what an inspiration you are. even in the midst of all the uncertainty and challenge in your life right now, you lifted me up and filled me up enormously last weekend. our chats were truly heartwarming for me. having someone so open, and humble, and kind in my life is a blessing. and, even though we don’t see each other often, our visits are so easy and comfortable and honest. i’m thinking of you and here for you.
Praying for y’all, Cheyenne! I know God will take care of you, and I’m encouraged that you know it too, even in the stressful times, and appreciate your candor. Would love to see y’all sometime and catch up- and loved seeing the updated pics of Boone 🙂 I can’t IMAGINE where he gets that silliness from 😉 Love to y’all!
Cheyenne, so sorry to hear the tough times have come around. Remember, God reveals His strength through our weaknesses. I’m happy to hear you’re letting God take control and letting Him lead the way during this stressful time. Praying for you and your family!
want to hug you and chat right now! sending all my love to you guys
I can relate in so many ways. After one of Pastor Steven’s sermons in February, I felt very convicted and took a short FB break. I know the business depends on it to a degree but I was was certainly on more than needed. If you ever need a fellow Christian photog to chat with, I would love that. Even when the waves are over our heads, they are still under his feet!! Thinking of you 😉
Sorry to hear all that you are going through!!! I’m happy you have such a positive outlook and a good support system!! I’ll be praying for you!!! xo
Sending you a big bear hug from Canada! It is so refreshing to see such honesty and I truly am wishing that everything works out for your very soon. I know it will. Lots of love.
Geoff told us about the moving thing at Chris + Megan’s wedding… I know that’s got to be so hard! I’ll be praying for you guys! It’s always so hard to remember that God is in control and knows what he’s doing. We’re in a similar hard situation with trying to buy a house right now. Anyway, I hope it turns out easier than you expected!
And, the photos of Boone are stinkin adorable 🙂
Cheyenne, I am so sorry to hear that you and Geoff have been going through some tough times. I would have never guessed from the time we spent together last weekend! Just goes to show how resilient, strong and professional you both are. Thinking of you both and sending lots of warm thoughts your way 🙂
I can relate. I’ve claimed the word intention for this year and am trying (with God’s help 🙂 to be more intentional with my time with God, my family, my friends, my well-being and finally business. I’ve realized that when it all comes down to it, I don’t want to be remembered for just being a photographer. I want to be remembered as a loving wife and mom, a good friend and a servant seeking God’s will. Praying that you will gain some clarity.
Totally understand and agree we are filling our life with facebook instead of God!! Love you guys… I’ll come over and help you pack and we can help you move too!
I can’t tell you how many times I think about your little family. We all hit hard roads in marriage, in raising kiddos and in photography as well. Hang in there and know that this isn’t forever. My husband and I always say on repeat, we can make anything work. It’s hard to believe at times, especially when it’s really hard to see the other side, but things will change and these challenges will make you stronger. Good luck and hope to hear good news from you soon!
I MISSED your pics of Boone, and YOUR post, I was like did she delete me? hate to hear about rent situation but I am sure something awesome will come of this! Miss you on Social Land but I SOOOO understand this post. God Bless you! XO
oh girl, I understand this. We’re having a tough time too….and it can’t really be shared or blogged or tweeted… THANK GOODNESS….. because we all need a break from that. This was such a great reminder. My husband is in ministry full time and we’re so busy….. barely time to breath. So I’ll be thinking about you guys as you move and work through this tough season of life. God is good… and faithful… . even when we’re unsure of EVERYTHING.
Catching up on you and SO glad to have you back. Utterly in love (and agree) with all of your words. It is very easy to get caught up, but I have learned to let it go and just concentrate on things that truly matter in this world – and by placing Him first always. He never ceases to amaze me…one minute I think I know what to do…then He speaks – regardless if I like it or now. My job is to follow Him and Him alone. Much love to you. And my goodness…can Boone be ANY MORE PRECIOUS?!?!?! 🙂