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“Don’t cry because it’s over.
Smile because it happened. ”
~Theodor Seuss

saying goodbye is never easy, even when we know it’s coming. since we’re a military family, it comes all too often. we’ve lived in four states in the past two years– california, rhode island, florida and now to virginia (where we started). every farewell is difficult. we never get used to it. no one ever does.

this move is particularly bittersweet because our second son was born here, in my hometown, surrounded by family. our kids got to know their aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and great-grandparents. it was a special time, especially since we never imagined we’d have the opportunity to live near either of our families–at least for ten more years.

the sweet part is that we are returning to a phenomenal group of friends in virginia and an extraordinary church. it’s a familiar place that feels a lot like home. the kind of place where i want my kids to grow up–where families are the priority and the kids we know are surrounded by love.

i am a woman of faith and firmly believe God plants us where we are meant to be; he just uproots some of us more than others. because, although it is difficult, it is never more than we can handle.

during our short stay here, i’ve met an amazing group of photographers. the best part is that it’s easy for us to keep in touch online. so while i won’t be joining them for any more amazing girls’ nights (or spa days!) for awhile, i’ll still keep track of how they’re doing. thank you my generous, wonderful and talented friends…it has been a blessing to get to know you. if you’re looking for a florida photographer, please check them out:

stacy larsen:
stacey woods:
jennifer griffin:
kristie serra:
amy smith:

and since no post is complete without photographs, i leave you with some goodies from my playdate with stacey and her amazing little ones earlier this week.


be cute don


virginia beach child photgrapher

we were both wearing our mama hats too–toting little ones on our backs. here’s stacey:


  • Amanda K - The photos are so perfectly beautiful. The light + the feel. And I love the last one of Stacey with bubba on her back 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kristie - I absolutely love these images, Stephanie, and am so happy that we met! Your work is so full of life and light– I’m always inspired when you share your work!! Happy move to you and your family!! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Sarah Wheeler - These photos are so sweet, and I love your attitude about your move. Wishing you all the best!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - So busy that I didn’t have time to think about how I am going to miss you until reading your blog just now. Bummed to have not gotten a chance to see you once more before you left. Crazy job! I was on my way to see you that day I was out at Tampa General and Mike informed me that you were sleeping and I just didn’t want to wake you. I knew you must have been so tired from packing and cleaning. I loved the time that we did have while you were here. So lucky to have such a talented chick as a friend. Kiss my “nephews” for me. A big hug for Mike. Talk to you soon! SarahReplyCancel

  • stacey - oh steph… i am just now seeing these. and you are making me cry!! i miss you to pieces already, and i feel so fortunate – and blessed – that i was able to get to know you (and your sweet babies) while you were here. you are a beautiful person, inside and out. i wish you the very best of luck in VA, and i can’t wait until you come back to FL for a visit!

    thank you for including these images of us in your post. they’re so very dear to me! (especially the first and last, ha ha!) you’re a gem. xoxoxox

    much love,

  • stacy larsen - ok you made me cry! I am reading that quote and realizing how true it is. It was so amazing meeting you and your family, and I am so glad that our lives crossed even if it was way too brief. You have such an amazing spirit and what a treat to be able to spend time together. We will miss our little play dates and miss watching those boys get bigger but will definately stay in touch. I hope you are settling back in, call me when you get a chance to catch up. Miss you already.


  • sometimes you just have to shout, apparently. » Stacey Woods Photography Blog - […] Stephanie posted some images of us too (and a tear-jerker of a post), if you’d like to take a peek at her blog…  […]ReplyCancel

  • AnneMarie - oh! the last is my favorite as I carry by baby in a sling! yep, gotta do what ya gotta do!!
    love these shots!ReplyCancel

  • Darcy - I’ve just been browsing your blog and clicking on old posts and when I began reading this one I just started crying, again. We are not a military family, but we have moved a lot as well (8 times in 11 years) and I feel like we are constantly being uprooted. This post was very uplifting and motivating to me as well as comforting. It’s comforting to know that other people feel this same way as I do and that I am not the only one who has gone through it. I really love what you said about God planting us where we belong, but chooses to uproot some of us more often. I am really going to carry that with me. Thank you for sharing this. You have really helped me see my situation differently. Thanks again!ReplyCancel

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