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Two teenagers, a busy church life and a full shooting calendar has been a great blessing and distraction from what has also been a very trying time medically. It began 6 years ago with chronic pain that was never fully understood.  After almost two years of constant doctor appointments, physical therapy and side effects to medications I began to treat my constant inflammation and pain with an AIP diet and dropped all of my medications. I went from daily pain and being unable to be physically active to having fewer days of pain.  A year after the diet change I had a huge break through and got my running legs back.
HORAY for long run days!!
Three years went by, with pain, but at least it was manageable mostly with diet changes.  Then…. then in the midst of a marathon training cycle this winter I began feeling a new pain. Being acutely aware of my body I knew it wasn’t good and went straight to the doctor. I was diagnosed with IT band syndrome. A diagnosis as common as runner’s knee. I knew there was more to it but again found myself under the care of a doctor that downplayed my pain and suggested I just ran too much.
If you know a runner you know there is no such thing as running too much!

When I wouldn’t let the issue drop because I knew I wasn’t over training (I’ve learned to advocate for myself y’all!) I was referred to an orthopedic surgeon. To make a very long story more condensed, because you really aren’t’ here for medical details! Months went by with my pain increasing. Physical therapy wasn’t helping, medication didn’t touch it, steroids didn’t do a thing and I went from being able to complete a marathon to not being able to walk a full mile without being in great pain. You must understand that I am no stranger to pain. I’ve learned to manage pain very well and, for the most part, I live as one without pain. But this new pain? I could not shake. I was on rest aside from working sessions and wedding days and even with rest I was getting worse. This is when an MRI was finally done and we learned that I have a labral tear in my hip- which explains my pain, and perhaps explains my last six years of pain! It took me days to let that news sink in fully friends!!

I am so thankful for answers and for a great physical therapist that took my pain seriously and insisted an MRI be the next step. And I’m thankful to now be in the care of a specialist of Labral Tears!!

So. What now? Why am I sharing this with you when I typically keep things professional and hush-hush about my medical journey? Well… This tear will require surgery and a long healing period followed by months of therapy. This hip issue is about to change our lives here for a few months. I will be on crutches for many weeks, unable to work anywhere from 3-5 months depending on my healing and I will not be able to tilt my hip or bend in crazy normal photographer ways as is my norm. You know I got those moves! heeheee!

I have opted to hold off on the surgery and continue to manage my pain naturally until after this wedding season ends for me in November. I value each of my clients and wish to fulfill my contracts with each one. I have been shooting and working with pain and have not had any issues delivering what I am contracted for so this will be no different going forward until the day of surgery.  The only difference is in what I am able to book from November to February. I am hopeful of being back to light work in March and will try to update clients as I recover.

You can imagine there are many fears. How this will effect our family, our church, our small business. Did I mention I’ll not be able to drive or bear any weight on my leg for weeks on end?
Fear.
How is everything going to work as our oldest is entering Senior year of high school.
Fear.
What of my youngest who needs an active mother for her responsibilities. Not to mention Homeschooling.
Fear…..
There is a 70% success rate for this surgery.
Fear of the 30%.
But you know what I’ve been learning through the years of this journey? God is the giver of all things. Gifts, blessings, pain, difficult circumstances…. all of it comes from His good hands. And I am choosing to live in expectation of the growth that He is accomplishing instead of the fear which my knees want to buckle to.
I am daily choosing thankfulness.
I am daily choosing rest.
I am daily choosing joy.
I am daily choosing hope.
Hope for the possibility of a full recovery. And knowing that if I fall under the 30% I’ll still fall in soft, loving, sovereign hands.

There is so much to be hopeful for, thankful for, and so much joy to focus on.  At the top of the list is understanding clients who stand beside me.  Thank you to each of you for your support! I’ve reached out to all of my already contracted Portrait, Commercial and Wedding clients and have been floored with so much understanding as we get things taken care of on the business end of things. If you are reading this and were hoping for Portrait work this year, please don’t be shy and reach out to me. I am not turning work away until November and would love to have the opportunity to serve you until then. If you are planning a 2018 wedding I am booking Late Spring, Summer and Fall weddings just as usual!!

xoxo
Xiomara

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  • Ahnie seaholm - My sister(freynie Lancaster) tagged me on your post. I’d love to chat with you as I’m going through the exact same thing. Unfortunately, there isn’t a ton of blogs or good literature on this. I’ve probably read everything online. I’m nervous. I run marathons too. I have experience serveral injuries over the years. I only have two marathons under my belt and that’s just not enough.

    Shoot me an email if you’d like I have surgery scheduled in November.

    Thanks
    AhnieReplyCancel

    • Xiomara - I’m so sorry to hear you also are suffering Ahnie. Of course I’d love to talk with you with the hope of being able to help in some small way. I can understand your frustrations with running and suffering injuries, although I’ve never had a serious injury before this– I did find out that my labral tear was not due to running at all and would love to talk to you more about what my doctor, who specifically specializes in labral tears, has to say about this. I will reach out with more at your email.ReplyCancel

RonWes and Sarah’s wedding at Ron’s Pond in Monmouth Oregon was simply breath taking. From the first look- where they shared their private vows underneath evergreen to the endless dance party. Their day was a perfect reflection of them. Lively, fun and oh so full of romance and class.  Here’s a few of my favorite captures from their gorgeous day!!Ron

Sarah’s details were amazingly yummy!! Us photographers love us some details and Sarah’s didn’t disappoint!RonRon

Before Sarah saw her Wesley he wanted to be sure she received something he picked out specially for her- I love these thoughtful moments!Ron

They chose to share private vows just minutes before their first look but they also wanted to be able to hold hands as they shared from their hearts. Sarah asked if I could find a tree which they could hide behind. I found this spot in front of Ron’s Pond and it proved to be the perfect spot for this magical moment. And let’s just say some major laughs and tears were shed!RonRon

Sarah’s something borrowed- a family heirloom veil. Ron

Her best friends made this bouquet specially for her so this meant a lot to Sarah as well. And isn’t she just beautiful?!! You are Sarah!RonRonRonRon

I loved the way in which Wes looked at Sarah throughout the day- so smitten!! RonRonRonRonRonRonRonRonRonRon

I’ve been photographing weddings 11 years now and not once have I seen what I’m about to tell you happen.
I loved Sarah’s heart behind this new idea and how special she wanted each of these women to feel.
Rather than tossing a bouquet Sarah asked her floral team to prepare a few dozen white roses. They loosely tied a bow on the arrangement and when Sarah turned her back to the girls she loosen the bow. When she released through the air each bachelorette was left with a rose and Sarah jumping up and down declared their was love for everyone.
I don’t know that this moment will ever be topped.
It just truly showcased the person Sarah is. Wanting each person she encounters to feel loved. Special. Valued.
Even on what was her day she thought of others above herself. You can easy see how everyone she meets falls in love with her!
RonRon

The dance floor was never (not once) empty. Let’s just say these guests knew how to bust some moves y’all! 
Ron
As we planned their wedding day Wes and Sarah were excited about the pond at the venue and let me have creative freedom.
Even being willing to get on some row boat action in her second wedding gown. (I sure love the back, don’t you!)
The light was perfect and disappearing quickly but I love the captures we were able to get on the water!!
Ron

Again loving the way Wesley looks on at Sarah. Ron

Wes and Sarah, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your trust in capturing your day. You made my work light and oh so enjoyable- and I am so glad to have met you both through this wedding planning journey and look forward to cheering you both on in your endeavors and dreams as your new friend. xoxo XiomaraRon

Special thanks to the following vendors:
Coordinator Rebecca Klocke
Venue Ron’s Pond
Videographer Threw & Through Media
Disc Jockey Her and Him Events
Rentals Danner and Soli
Wedding Gowns The Shabby Chic Bride
Gown Designer Maggie Sottero
Bridesmaid Gowns Azazie
Tuxes Generation Tux
MUA Blissful Brides & Hair
Florist Laurie Roth’s

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Tillamook Coffee Shops, Five Rivers Coffee Roasters and Cafe, Specialty Coffee Tillamook Oregon, Oregon Coast Coffee shopTillamook Coffee Shops, Five Rivers Coffee Roasters and Cafe, Specialty Coffee Tillamook Oregon, Oregon Coast Coffee shop

This space has my inner Joanna Gaines doing cartwheels. I love every nook and cranny. The wood work. The light. The wide open and clean space feel… I could live here. And secretly plan to just don’t tell Josh that’s where our monthly fun money is going. The team at NW Tactical Design has left this chica majorly impressed!

This weekend I got to hang out and see a different perspective of this happening place while getting to hang out with the sweetest people, watching them do what they do best: love people and supply everyone that walks through their doors with copious amounts of fiiiiiiiine coffee. These are my kind of people! P.S. I just love the way David looks at his sweetheart!!Tillamook Coffee Shops, Five Rivers Coffee Roasters and Cafe, Specialty Coffee Tillamook Oregon, Oregon Coast Coffee shop

 

I couldn’t wait to get my hand on these images and got a little carried away trying to find just one to show them for a sneak peek, from their new space to the roasting process I just loved every little detail of this shoot! I have more amazing images where these came from- and I hope they will cover the walls of the coffee shop…… Art that showcases their own art- because what they do with these fine roasts is a serious art form y’all!!Tillamook Coffee Shops, Five Rivers Coffee Roasters and Cafe, Specialty Coffee Tillamook Oregon, Oregon Coast Coffee shopTillamook Coffee Shops, Five Rivers Coffee Roasters and Cafe, Specialty Coffee Tillamook Oregon, Oregon Coast Coffee shop

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Pelican Pub Brewery, Pacific City Oregon Wedding, Pelican Pub Beach Weddings, Cape Kiwanda, Oregon Beach Wedding, Gamer Themed WeddingChris and Jennifer’s Gamer Themed Destination Wedding at The Pelican Pub & Brewery in Pacific City was dripping with fun unique touches. Their day at the beach with the breathtaking views of Cape Kiwanda was not only relaxed and laid back but filled with beauty and oh so many gorgeous florals!!  It was one unique Destination Wedding and I felt so privileged to get to document each little details. Enjoy some of my favorites from their day!! Pelican Pub Brewery, Pacific City Oregon Wedding, Pelican Pub Beach Weddings, Cape Kiwanda, Oregon Beach Wedding, Gamer Themed WeddingPelican Pub Brewery, Pacific City Oregon Wedding, Pelican Pub Beach Weddings, Cape Kiwanda, Oregon Beach Wedding, Gamer Themed WeddingPelican Pub Brewery, Pacific City Oregon Wedding, Pelican Pub Beach Weddings, Cape Kiwanda, Oregon Beach Wedding, Gamer Themed WeddingPelican Pub Brewery, Pacific City Oregon Wedding, Pelican Pub Beach Weddings, Cape Kiwanda, Oregon Beach Wedding, Gamer Themed WeddingPelican Pub Brewery, Pacific City Oregon Wedding, Pelican Pub Beach Weddings, Cape Kiwanda, Oregon Beach Wedding, Gamer Themed WeddingPelican Pub Brewery, Pacific City Oregon Wedding, Pelican Pub Beach Weddings, Cape Kiwanda, Oregon Beach Wedding, Gamer Themed WeddingPelican Pub Brewery, Pacific City Oregon Wedding, Pelican Pub Beach Weddings, Cape Kiwanda, Oregon Beach Wedding, Gamer Themed WeddingPelican Pub Brewery, Pacific City Oregon Wedding, Pelican Pub Beach Weddings, Cape Kiwanda, Oregon Beach Wedding, Gamer Themed WeddingPelican Pub Brewery, Pacific City Oregon Wedding, Pelican Pub Beach Weddings, Cape Kiwanda, Oregon Beach Wedding, Gamer Themed WeddingPelican Pub Brewery, Pacific City Oregon Wedding, Pelican Pub Beach Weddings, Cape Kiwanda, Oregon Beach Wedding, Gamer Themed WeddingPelican Pub Brewery, Pacific City Oregon Wedding, Pelican Pub Beach Weddings, Cape Kiwanda, Oregon Beach Wedding, Gamer Themed WeddingPelican Pub Brewery, Pacific City Oregon Wedding, Pelican Pub Beach Weddings, Cape Kiwanda, Oregon Beach Wedding, Gamer Themed WeddingPelican Pub Brewery, Pacific City Oregon Wedding, Pelican Pub Beach Weddings, Cape Kiwanda, Oregon Beach Wedding, Gamer Themed WeddingPelican Pub Brewery, Pacific City Oregon Wedding, Pelican Pub Beach Weddings, Cape Kiwanda, Oregon Beach Wedding, Gamer Themed WeddingPelican Pub Brewery, Pacific City Oregon Wedding, Pelican Pub Beach Weddings, Cape Kiwanda, Oregon Beach Wedding, Gamer Themed WeddingPelican Pub Brewery, Pacific City Oregon Wedding, Pelican Pub Beach Weddings, Cape Kiwanda, Oregon Beach Wedding, Gamer Themed WeddingPelican Pub Brewery, Pacific City Oregon Wedding, Pelican Pub Beach Weddings, Cape Kiwanda, Oregon Beach Wedding, Gamer Themed WeddingPelican Pub Brewery, Pacific City Oregon Wedding, Pelican Pub Beach Weddings, Cape Kiwanda, Oregon Beach Wedding, Gamer Themed WeddingPelican Pub Brewery, Pacific City Oregon Wedding, Pelican Pub Beach Weddings, Cape Kiwanda, Oregon Beach Wedding, Gamer Themed WeddingPelican Pub Brewery, Pacific City Oregon Wedding, Pelican Pub Beach Weddings, Cape Kiwanda, Oregon Beach Wedding, Gamer Themed WeddingPelican Pub Brewery, Pacific City Oregon Wedding, Pelican Pub Beach Weddings, Cape Kiwanda, Oregon Beach Wedding, Gamer Themed WeddingPelican Pub Brewery, Pacific City Oregon Wedding, Pelican Pub Beach Weddings, Cape Kiwanda, Oregon Beach Wedding, Gamer Themed WeddingPelican Pub Brewery, Pacific City Oregon Wedding, Pelican Pub Beach Weddings, Cape Kiwanda, Oregon Beach Wedding, Gamer Themed Wedding

Congrats Jenn and Chris and again thank you so much for the privilege of capturing your unique love story!! xoxo XiomaraPelican Pub Brewery, Pacific City Oregon Wedding, Pelican Pub Beach Weddings, Cape Kiwanda, Oregon Beach Wedding, Gamer Themed Wedding

 

Venue Pelican Pub & Brewery Pacific City
Florals Sunflower Flats
Photography Imago Dei Photography
Gown Venus Bridal from The Bridal Arts Building
MUA Magnolias Wellness and Beauty

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Sparrow Song Design, Tillamook Interior Design, Fixer Upper Home, Farmhouse Design, Living Room Makeovers

“Welcome to my living room. Sit down. Enjoy a cup of coffee with me and stay awhile.”  THIS. This was my goal with this space.  Yet when we bought this gorgeous property in the middle of the woods– our dream fixer upper, I became occupied with more pressing details.  Like removing all the crazy wallpaper from each bathroom. replacing all the (hideous 70s) flooring in the basement. Oh and those avocado toilets and sinks in the bathrooms…. yeah, I got a little busy. When the huge projects were finished I was done. And I do mean done! We left the furniture in the living room un-rearanged and just found ourselves out of steam.  Then……

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Then enters Morgan from Sparrow Song Design. And it’s like Disney music and magic just took over.  Like Tink, with one swoop and ferry dusting my dream unfolding in sight…. okay.okay…. Maybe it wasn’t just like that but it had the magic that only Disney does, y’all!
Sparrow Song Design, Tillamook Interior Design, Fixer Upper Home, Farmhouse Design, Living Room MakeoversMorgan came to look the space over. Heard a few of my frustrations and wishes. Then I sent her over a pinterest board that I had begun a few years back. I don’t feel like I ever said “THIS is what I want” but rather we just discussed me wanting to use Josh’s family’s heirlooms, wanting much more seating and purpose to the room, and my big request: get our TV from out of the closet, where it had been for a year and half, so that we could enjoy family movie nights again but, and here’s the tricky part, I didn’t want the TV to look tacky in our living room (am I the only one who hates visible power cords?)- and I certainly didn’t want it to be what the room revolved around.

She asked us to leave the space one afternoon and when we came home this is the state our home was in.  Perfect. Peaceful. Purposeful (with enough seating for our Bible Study nights!), fresh and with much more light than we had before simply because of the way she arranged the furniture and placed lighter drapes and a mirror on one side of the room to bring in more light: genius!

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The additional seating to be used as needed on the Fireplace!

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I’m in love with that tripod lamp y’all!

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New chairs for more socializing!

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The subtle touches of rustic charm….she gets me!!

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Fresh flowers from Sunflower Flats…. she REALLY gets me!!

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Blankets because I’m ALWAYS cold, but now they look pretty and organized! Also the trunk is a family heirloom and I LOVE that it’s such a central feature now!

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Morgan repurposed things we already owned. The basket, lamp, table and even mirror were all old pieces. She breathed life back into them even painting the mirror!!

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The crown jewel of the makeover: the new mantle. Bringing back to life my favorite feature of this fixer upper, the floor to ceiling stone fireplace!

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And of course that TV in it’s custom frame, which I’ve had mistaken for a chalk board on more than one occasion.

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Jesse loves that moving his grand piano created more light (well maybe that’s the part I like). heheee.

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He does love the acoustics of the piano where it is now situated and he loves that now he has enough space to spread his 6′ frame!

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Even Tucker approves of Morgan’s magic- and that says a lot for an opinionated Corgi!!


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