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Our Little Adventure
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It blows my mind that in only a matter of weeks Cory and I will have begun a FAMILY. Call it whatever you want, but I still think back to the summer that a guy and girl spent too many afternoons on the water - having no idea that this was a forever thing. That’s who I still see us as - just ten times better! And I think how can we be here? I know it sounds overly dramatic because let’s face it - we are the last of our friends to have a kid. This is no new thing to most of the people around us. But to us - it is everything new and has been the craziest ride since we found out in February. Everyone knows we were shocked. (I don’t think anyone was as shocked as our families were because they knew that kids were the furthesttttttt thing from our minds. And we didn’t think that would ever change if I am being honest here.)

But back in January of this year, I started to tell God that I wanted a new adventure. “Whatever it may be.” (Those words. Lol.) I don’t know if it was the start of a new year causing it or if I was in the winter depression season (It’s a real thing in Florida) but I had this deep need for something new. An adventure. Something to liven things up. Something that was fresh and exciting. If you look at my prayer journal, you will see this “adventure” being prayed for a lot on into February. My thoughts behind it? Oh, maybe God will move us somewhere crazy even though we are very planted here. Or maybe something cool will happen within my job! Or maybe this is the season we get to build a house like we have always wanted! I kept praying.

Towards the end of February, I had a day that I remember to the finest detail. I had to drive about an hour away to pick some things up for Cory. I was going to take the day to enjoy the drive and just pray because by this point I was a little tired of asking God for an adventure and nothing happening. We had some things to discuss. I swung through What-A-Burger to get a taquito because there is nothing in the world like one. I open my bag as I left the drive thru to find I had a FAJITA at eight in the morning - not my taquito that I was CRAVING. (*Key word - craving.) I was so mad that I sent Cory a photo of it to tell him how my day was starting. I picked up the things. I had many words with Jesus on the ride and asked Him again for a new adventure. After I got home I decided I need to go to Target because I was just having a “day” and everyone knows Target helps all things. I walked around. I bought a candle because - why not. I tried not to cry walking down the aisles for who knows what reason - maybe because I was still pissed off about my breakfast situation. I bought a pregnancy test and remember thinking word for word, “Why am I buying this? I am clearly acting like someone who is not pregnant.” (If you get my drift.)

I went home and to spare details - that day I found out I got my adventure. It came in a package that neither of us were expecting. Unless you know us, you don’t understand how much we were not expecting it. When I called my sister to tell her, she thought someone had died by how I was acting since I couldn’t get words out. I would be lying if I said I handled the new adventure God had given us like a champ since the day we found out. Cory has - which has brought me a sense of peace about it in my not so pretty moments.

I tell all of this (let's face it - I wish I had been a little more graceful because I am so excited now!) because for us and I hope for you reading it - the details that went into this (there are way more that would be for a conversation over coffee) have been a huge reflection of God’s hand in our life in ways that we couldn’t ask for or imagine. He placed in my heart this desperation for an adventure and carried that out even when we were unaware. That alone makes us excited to meet this little girl in just a few weeks - our little adventure.

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Thank you, Jennifer Blair Photography, for these gorgeous images!

From photographing engagement portraits, wedding portraits and now three years worth of family portraits - you never disappoint!

Germany
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I have no idea why it has taken me so long to share photos from our trip to Germany + Luxembourg! Part of me still can’t believe that I finally got to go and looking back at these photos makes me appreciate this trip all the more. It was Cory’s first time out of the country, which was so much fun to watch! (Ha!) I have dreamed of going to Germany for-ev-er. Years ago I even tried to learn to speak German. I’ve always been so fascinated with it, the architecture, the language and the culture. I don’t know why. I’ve never had any ties to it. Looking at the photos of this gorgeous place may explain some of it, though. ;)

I truly believe that God instills in us fun desires/dreams/interests sometimes that may not have any purpose other than just to say, “Hey, look at what I am going to do to bring this to life - just because I like you. Watch this!”

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How To Store & Organize Your Photos
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You have so many pictures between your iPhone, digital camera and professional photos. How in the world are you suppose to store and organize them all? More importantly, how are you to make sure that they don't get taken just to be forgotten about once you post them on Instagram. (Ahem. You know what I am talking about. We are all guilty!) 

No matter the format, these pictures all represent a moment in our life that we valued. Those photos should be treated with just that - value! 

Here are a few ways you can organize, store and even showcase your favorite pictures!

1. Make An Album. 

This seems like such a duh thing but how many of us actually do it? Last year I went through years worth of iPhone and professional photos of our golden, Devo. I created a simple album with Artifact Uprising that now sits on our coffee table for guests to flip through! It isn't anything fancy because to be real, most of the pictures in it were from our phones, but I love having them preserved. I also professionally made our wedding album. It was more expensive, but it is higher quality, the color of the pictures remains true, the pages are thicker and it has a leather cover! We do not keep this on the coffee table but somewhere much safer - out of the reach of spilled drinks and wet dog noses. ;)

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2. Frame Them. 

Spruce up your walls with those babies! I lovingly refer to myself as a frame snob sometimes. It took me two years to hang any personal photos on our walls. (Embarrassing, I know.) The issue was that I couldn't find any frames that I liked and I knew if I didn't like the frame, I would get annoyed seeing it on my wall. Hopefully you are not like me but if you are, this past Christmas I asked for custom frames. Yes, it comes with a higher price tag but now I LOVE looking at these pictures on my wall! 

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3. Print Them.

Print. Your. Pictures. It doesn't matter if they are professional photos or iPhone ones! Print them so that they don't get lost on the web. I like to keep ours in beautiful containers or boxes around the house! It is a way to showcase them but make it to be apart of your decor!

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4. Back Them Up x 2. 

Our worse nightmare - and yours, too - is for you to download all of your photos onto your computer only for your computer to crash or die. I backup every image on my computer - client images and my personal ones - on to a secondary hard drive. I then take it a step further. All of our professional images that we have had made - I backup to a USB. I keep the USB in a safe place as insurance in case something were to happen to my computer and secondary hard drive. 

Happy organizing! :)

 


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If you would like your KBP portraits on a keepsake USB and sent to your front door, shoot us an email at hello@kayliebpoplin.com!

Life Lately : Christmas 2017

Um. Where did December go? This Christmas was super special for us! We traveled from Germany to Georgia to visit our families! 

First stop - Germany and the country of Luxembourg (in which I quickly fell in love with)! I have wanted to go to Germany for.ev.er. and still can't believe that I was there just a few weeks ago! The design in the architecture blew me away, but I was already expecting that! What I was not expecting was to get the chance to travel to Luxembourg to watch our friend play basketball! (He is a professional basketball player in Europe and grew up with Cory!) Luxembourg is a French speaking country - a language that I love SO much. Their architecture was different from Germany's, as well, because it was more Parisian inspired. We saw much, we loved it a little too much (I would go back tomorrow and stay until ....) and learned that pepperoni pizza in Germany is not actually topped with pepperoni. 

Next up, Georgia! We stayed at our favorite "cabin" and saw people we haven't seen in way too long! It was insanely good to spend the day with my family. The dogs sported the cutest Christmas bows for the occasion, too. ;) (Devo loved it. Winnie hated it.)

With all of the *great* hustle and bustle - I took a "me day" and went for a long walk in Rosemary Beach and Seaside. I actually started off in Inlet Beach. I grabbed a coffee at Amavida in Seaside and went to sit in the Seaside Chapel for a while. They always have it decorated so gorgeous for Christmas!! 

This month was SO good for me. I was lacking on the r & r. I feel so full and so thankful.

How Doing The Small Things Matter
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I thought, as she led worship, that she sang the song better than the recording artist who made the song popular. My mind ran, "Why is she here on this small stage with a voice like that? She could be recording her own stuff. She belongs on a big stage."

This is how we think today. This is the culture we live in. We want to show the absolute best of us and our experiences online to achieve some kind of stardom in the form of likes, followers, reactions or comments. We push highlightable moments in pursuit of a big stage. 

The experiences that were once held as sacred and close, for only us to hold onto, the daily things that were once normal and the talents that were honed over time then brought to life organically, or by the orchestration of Jesus, have become exchanged for the need of famous attention on social media. 

I wonder if we have gone so rouge in trying to highlight every facet of our lives, if we've forgotten ourselves... if we've forgotten God. He isn't constricted, don't mistake me. He isn't defined to those boxes we make our lives out to be on Instagram. But what if instead of using our moments, selfies,  stylized circumstances and uniqueness for Him, we've slowly begun to use them to bring glory to ourselves without even realizing it happening. We are a people who are pushing every deem able, self-defined, worthy thing out into the spotlight and have begun the downward fall of finding self glorification rather than Christ glorification.

I don't discredit social media. I don't have time or energy to get on either of the social media wagons to debate whether it is good or bad. Even if I did have the time, who cares. If you love it, awesome. If you hate it, awesome. Do you.

I am suggesting that maybe the stage God wants us to perform on in this season, or maybe all seasons of your life, is on the small one. The one that seems less worthy because it isn't credited by followers or likes. This is a hard truth for me to contemplate because it is counter culture, but in the counter culture is usually where He is found.