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been a common theme rolling around in my head this week. It’s the idea of “balance” and what a “normal life” is supposed to look like.  I see people walking their dogs at the same time every morning and older couples that take a nightly jog together.  We live close to a little league park and I see families pull in every Tuesday night for games and then probably head home to get homework done before bedtime. Some couples we know get to relax every Saturday.  Saturday’s are “normal” people’s day to do LIFE stuff. Like running to the grocery store, yard work, visiting family, shopping with friends, etc etc.  But that isn’t my life…my job AND

Michael’s job as a youth pastor creates a really CRAZY schedule for our life. Michael has some continuity to his day to day job but for me… EVERY week is different.  There is no set pattern or routine except for blogging daily. Some weeks I’m traveling a lot…. some weeks I’m working 9-6 in the office… some weeks I have a strange mixture of the two.  I’ll admit that when I see other’s with a “normal” life…. I get a little jealous. I would love to have a routine some days. I’d love to know what each day will look like well in advance but that’s not my life.  Michael and I have talked  a lot about our future and what it’s going to look like.  We find ourselves saying things like “Well when we have kids, we’ll have a more NORMAL life, right?”.  Well what is NORMAL? It’s not NORMAL to have 15 teenagers over to the house all the time… it’s not NORMAL to spend an hour or two blogging each day… and it’s not NORMAL to have a schedule that’s so crazy you never know which end is up… but this is OUR NORMAL.


Brian Wurzell told us over dinner one night in Vegas that maybe our lives aren’t supposed to be NORMAL.   What is NORMAL? Who created NORMAL? We did. Society did. Sometimes Michael and I find ourselves thinking about a “normal” lifestyle but to be honest, I doubt the grass is really greener on the other side. We love our life… as crazy as it is, it’s ours…. and for this season, we know that we’re where God wants us. If we’re truly living a life for the Lord… then our life shouldn’t be normal at all.  So as I have been thinking about the “Normal-ness” of our life this week, I’ve realized this.  Being NORMAL shouldn’t be our focus…. instead, we need to focus on being OBEDIENT. At the end of my life, I don’t want to say to the Lord… “Welp, I think we did well! We sure lived a normal life!”.  No, I want to be able to look back on my life and say “We took risks…. we had crazy schedules…and we tried our best to follow Your lead… even when things didn’t make sense… even when life was SO far from NORMAL. We were obedient and our love for You trumped our desire for NORMALCY”.  So am I saying we’ll NEVER spend nights at the Little League park or take nightly walks as an old married couple? No. That may be our life one day! …. But that’s not our life right now and I’m ok with that. :) Now being “Normal” and being “Balanced” are two different things! I’m still working on the “balanced” part! :) That’s for another post!  I saw a quote on facebook that said “A lot of things are ruined because of our opinion of how they SHOULD be”. Welp, I don’t want to be the person that falls into that trap. So today, I’m practicing being CONTENT… and I’m liking it:)


So happy Friday to all of you out there!!! And just to make this post a little more interesting… here are some recent features!  Thanks to What’s Up Wedding for featuring Brittany and Harry’s gorgeous Vineyard wedding in Maryland last fall!!

And this is rather funny… it wins the “smallest feature ever” Award! But I love it! The national Knot used one of our reception shots for their latest issue and it makes me smile! See Daddy, I told you those birdcages for worth it!!

Huge thanks to the Wedding Chicks for featuring my last workshop!! 

So honored to have Bev and Craig’s gorgeous wedding featured on Southern Weddings!!

Below you’ll see a screenshot from facebook! The Knot tagged me in this photo but you wouldn’t believe the amount of people that were messaging me saying “Is that you?! Isn’t that your wedding?! KK 101010 is on FB!” Cracks me up!! Love that 101010 is still out there a little bit:)

P31 Conference! Check it out!

10 Comments Featured
  1. Mallory reply

    I may be stating the obvious, but I know it’s always nice to hear when I’m feeling that imbalance in life:
    ‘Katelyn, you’re doing a wonderful job at life. You’ve harnessed a remarkable brand with your photography…that’s something many of us will be struggling with for a lot of years. Your life, and I know because you so openly share it, is beautiful. Take a day off and sit in the sun…you’ll get a new perspective, some rest, and you’ll find a little balance in that.” -I <3 Ya! -Mallory

  2. Meredith Sledge reply

    Sometimes I wish for the opposite. Haha. I need more to do! Until next year, that is. But you are just all over the place in the magazines! Congrats!

  3. Annetta reply

    Hate to tell you this, Katelyn but when you have kids life is still FAR from normal! I’m jealous too of those that have ‘normal’ lives. Ours can be pretty crazy some weeks too.

  4. KTB Reynolds reply

    I’m convinced “normal” is overrated. I think those with the crazy, “abnormal” schedules have more fun! LOL although I think we struggle with balance and burn out more often than the average person. So I say enjoy it!

  5. Becca reply

    Beautiful post. Loved it. Normal is most certainly what you make it. You and your husbands grass isn’t green girl its TEAL and all you!!!!!

  6. Rebekah Hoyt reply

    What a refreshing perspective! I keep trying to figure out what I’m doing, where I am going, and how I can feel more “normal” but that isn’t the point. The point is glorifying the Lord in each and every day he BLESSES us with! Thanks for the reminder! Also, totally random but I know the couple on the cover of What’s Up Weddings! Well… “know” them :)

  7. Melissa E Earle reply

    I feel like you saw my life and wrote about it! Wow you are good, how did you know?
    Something that I have been trying to do with a “not so normal life” is stay up all hours to get my work done when the not normal hours are over. Killing, it really hurts mee! After taking a course, not that long ago, on writing, and feeling like God is saying very loudly that I need to be an avid blog writer again, I have been trying out different regular times of the day to write. Never. When does that ever happen again? Prayed and realized that my time is in the morning-I can think, it’s peaceful and the kids don’t have to be rushed to school yet. But this night owl hasn’t seen that side of the morning in a really long time.
    In walks:
    an article I read today about mapping. So for mee, since I know that I need to get up in the mornings to write, I know what my priorities need to be. Normal isn’t always, but Obedience needs it’s time and space and writing right now is just that.
    PS I heard a really really great tip about writing…do it in a page document on your computer and not in your blog program, that way you can archive, save and have nothing distract, not your logo, your design or plugins that squeal at you from across the nav bar.

  8. Kristen Holmes reply

    I struggle with defining “normal” too. I work a full time job, now have an Etsy shop that keeps me super busy and try to balance home life. All I can say it – at least it keeps life interesting!

  9. Ashley Link reply

    girl, you are so right about the being content thing. i always have to have a reality check about my main purpose in life. i’m here to love God and love His people, nothing else. i find that wheni forget that, my life always gets crazier than normal. it also doesn’t help that i feel like i compare myself way too much. then i have to have another reality check haha. God made me ME for a reason. again, i’m here to fulfill His purpose and He made me this way because it better suits His plan. one thing i heard recently, at my best friend’s wedding, is that God knows how it’s all gonna turn out and we’re gonna be okay and we just need to trust Him. whoa! sorry for the exploding the inside of my mind on your blog hahaha. thanks for being so cool and talking about God. have a wonderful weekend! :)

  10. Angela Snyder reply

    I have been following your blog for a month or so now, and every time I read a post I feel like it is an answer to prayer, “thank you God that someone else is fearful and joyful and passionate like me” You are such an inspiration, I just wanted you to know that. I was just talking to a friend last night about how God doesn’t care what you do necessarily but what you do with it. You are a perfect example of someone who is doing just that with your business and your life, so thank you.

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