Saturday, November 8, 2014

One Husband's Journey: Part 3


His name is sufficient enough to form a least for me.

I can go on and on about how much I love him and all the good things about him.  You will not hear me talking bad about him or sharing his flaws.  But rather, I simply sing his praises because to me and two kids, he is our world.

To say Craig does a lot for our family is a huge understatement.  The list of things he does is endless from helping with cooking to chores to simply being a great example and provider.

This time last year, Craig took a step down in his job.  It was not a decision that came easily.  It was hard and painful.  But to see the love of your life walk around with a broken spirit, with his head no longer held high, and with the look of hurt constantly in his eyes was one of the hardest things I have ever had to go through.  And there was nothing I could do to help him.

But pray.

There were no words of encouragement that I could give him.  There were not enough hugs that would comfort him.  I had to hand Craig and all his pain over to God and simply pray that answers would come and the hurt would go away.

And I let God take over.  He gave Craig a very clear answer and we knew we had to let the healing process begin.  As prideful as Craig is in his job and work ethic, he is even more prideful in his family.  No matter the cost, Craig has always been willing to put his family first.

So, with a great step of faith, Craig did what needed to be done.  He knew it would take a lot of trust by letting God take complete control, but God never failed us in this journey.

One year ago today, Craig made a huge sacrifice and chose his family over his career.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Family Pictures 2014

This year we decided to take family pictures in the fall instead of the spring.  Texas weather is so unpredictable in the fall and we were afraid it was going to be a really warm day.  Thankfully, a cold front had come in the night before our shoot.  So, the morning of our pictures was cool, cloudy and finally felt like fall.  Cortney at Memories Imagined Photography did another terrific job, as always.  We met at a little log cabin at a local park.  Here are some of our favorite pics.

The Suburban Kelley's

The Kids-when did they get so big?

The Obligatory 'Kissing' Pose-we have done this every time we take pictures.  And the kids pretty much do that every time we kiss.

Our photographer said we still look like newlyweds with the way we act and look at each other.  We will be going on 15 years of marriage in 2 months, so I will definitely take that compliment!!!  I hope that 'look' never goes away.

The Catalog Pose-this had us laughing so much.  Cortney is so great about letting us pose how we want and use our own ideas and props.  The one with the most ideas is usually Craig.  He wanted to bring some mugs and blankets and have us pose like this.  It was hilarious to do, but turned out so great!  On a side note, Craig was a catalog model when he was a kid.  :)

Thank you again, Cortney, for some fabulous memories!