We Made It!

  • The Crazy is Pretty Much Over!

We got home last night after two weeks of craziness. We committed to a lot the first two weeks in November, and all of those commitments were made BEFORE we got pregnant. In our minds, we knew that if we could make it through October, and then the first two weeks of November, we would be ok. That was the goal! The light at the end of the tunnel! We love attending conferences and being with sweet friends. It’s one of our favorite things about this crazy life that we’ve been given. However, this conference season happened in the midst of one of our busiest seasons to date.

Between the house getting finalized, launching our two biggest courses, finishing wedding season, hiring a new employee and being almost 7 months pregnant, conference season seemed overwhelming for the first time in a long time. Thankfully, our nerves and our uneasiness subsided once I made it the through the flights with only slightly swollen ankles and we got to see our friends!! Both conferences were amazing, and we’re so thankful we had the chance to speak.

I think it hit me last night that our busy spell has ended, and the relief of that led to tears. Lots of tears. It’s like once I start crying I can’t stop! I blame the pregnancy hormones! The relief of knowing that I don’t have to get on one more plane until April makes me happy, and the relief of knowing that we truly have a BREAK coming up is what makes me emotional. We’ve been saying that we would take a break for years. MANY years. Now we have something really important to slow down for, and we’re welcoming that change of pace.

A lot of people have asked if I’m taking a maternity leave, and the answer is of course, YES!!! We’ll have a good 8-10 weeks after she arrives where I have no responsibilities, and I’m so thankful for the timing of that. December & January are just dedicated to MOVING, and waiting for baby Powers and baby Malizia to be born!! So as I sit here typing in my PJ’s, wrapped in a blanket, and with a fluffy puppy by my side, I’m so thankful. It may not seem like a very big accomplishment to some, but reaching a point of slowing down has never really happened before, and we’re proud of ourselves!!!!

A BIG thank you to Jill for taking our maternity pics! We can’t wait to share the rest with you all! She shot these while she was 8 months pregnant and we’re so thankful! And last but not least… poor Bokeh Boy’s 5th birthday was forgotten in the midst of our travels. Our first furry baby still brings so much joy to our life and we’re excited to have him HOME with us!!

xoxo, Katelyn
11 Comments Personal
  1. Anna reply

    Literally tearing up at this post!! I am SO excited for you and Michael, Katelyn!! Rest up and relax!!! You are such an amazing woman!! I’m so glad that you get this time to simply sit with those you love most and be the beautiful lady that you are! xoxo

  2. Hiliary Stewart reply

    This brought relief to me!! Haha I’ve been following along for a while, and what y’all accomplish is truly amazing! Thanks for giving back so much to the photography world. This little baby is going to be the most loved thing in your life and 8-10 weeks will be such a special time! Also-My husband is in the real estate business so houses are right up there with babies in our family. Congrats on so many milestones Katelyn and Michael!

  3. Matt Kennedy reply

    SO happy for you guys!! Have fun nesting :)

  4. Destinee Jackson reply

    You are a rockstar Katelyn! You have had so much going on, yet still able to flawlessly encourage an entire room of creatives! Your sweet and encouraging words in our panel group in Memphis, will forever be in my heart. I look up to you so much, and am so excited for you to take this time to slow down and focus on you for a while. xoxo, Destinee

  5. Megan Kelsey Photography reply

    YES!! You enjoy being in those PJ pants and wrapped up in a blanket with fuzzy socks on and Netflix in the background!!! God loves when we rest and I’m so happy for you. SO happy!!

  6. kim reply

    I love this photo! You look amazing Katelyn and I’m so glad you are going to have time off for maternity leave.

  7. Becky Morquecho reply

    YAY! Way to finish strong, friend! Soak up that rest. You deserve every ounce of it! xo

  8. Kerri Lynne reply

    Enjoy every moment of rest KJ!! You deserve it girl! You do so much to give to us…so happy you can be present in your own home!! Love you SO!!! <3

  9. Kristina W. reply

    Wow, it’s impressive, and so awesome, that you’ll be able to take such a long maternity leave! Go you!

  10. Danielle Blocker reply

    LOVE you so much Katelyn + Michael! I’m so happy to read this + hear you’re in this season of rest in your life. You deserve it so much. Enjoy every moment, because it flies by. Wishing you well + happy holidays!!! <3 XO

  11. Tatiana reply

    Wow! It’s amazing!

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