Jensey Loves Christmas in Nashville

2nd July 2016

I thought since it’s July in Orlando and it’s hot as anything, I should spend my Saturday posts doing a little Christmas in July! Woohoo!

Last December we photographed a wedding for an old friend who went to high school with me. The best part about photographing a wedding in Memphis in December means we got to do all of our favorite Tennessee Christmas things!

One of these was a happy accident of being in the right place at the right time- Nashville during Franklin’s Dickens of a Christmas festival. When we lived in Nashville, it never failed we were out of town for every one of these festivals, so it was only fitting that our first time going was as Florida residents! Dickens of a Christmas is basically a big festival with people selling everything from clothes to roasted chestnuts to baked goods, and they have Dickens characters walking around. A lot of residents get in the spirit, and it was so fun to finally be a part of! Here’s hoping we get to make it back again soon. :)

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CHAD’S WINTER WONDERLAND. <3 <3 <3 Chad’s Winter Wonderland is a drive thru light show with two million lights on 8 acres of land. Every year gets a little bit bigger, but one thing never changes- Driving through Santa’s barn and meeting him from your car. This was our favorite kitschy thing to do in Nashville and I love that we still got to do it last year! :)

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Santa may have broken character by telling us he just moved up from Florida and misses the weather, but darn it if I still didn’t have a magical time! <3

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Jensey Loves Baby Root!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

19th June 2016

I know God exists because in a world of 7 billion people, I was lucky enough to meet and marry Nate. He has never failed to open the door for a woman or give his seat up on a monorail. Nate believes trees should be climbed and shopping carts should be ridden. Put a nephew in a laundry basket, and it becomes a space rover exploring the moon, and he’s frequently the guest of honor at our niece’s tea parties. Basically, I married my favorite Disney character, Peter Pan… But only if Peter cleaned toilets and did all of the laundry, too. <3

It is with great, great joy that I share on today of all days that this great man of mine is finally going to be a father…

WE’RE ADOPTING! <3

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I’ve started this blog post a million times and the only common thread between my million drafts has been the huge smile on my face as I write them!! :)

We have roots in adoption on both sides of our families and always knew that regardless of our ability to conceive, we wanted to bring a baby home through adoption. Our journey to parenthood kept getting delayed for one reason or another (I’m looking at you, Tennessee and gallbladder surgery!) All it took was Nate asking, “What do you think about adopting?” over lunch one day to change our lives forever.

It’s hard to believe that last August we were deciding whether we’d adopt domestically or internationally and learning the intricacies involved in open vs. closed adoptions. In September, I would have told you with complete confidence we’d be adopting from Africa or China. Imagine our surprise when after a month of exhausting research, we were signing with a domestic agency for an open adoption!

I’m excited to share the more beautiful details of our adventure so far… And let me tell you, it has been an ADVENTURE. God has been showing off left and right. It’s with tears in my eyes that I write that we already have a promising match and I really, truly feel in my heart that I’ve sat in the same room as our to-be-born baby. <3

But with all the joys and excitement of adoption comes the scarier and unknown parts too. It’s for that reason that we’ll keep most details between us and our families until we bring our baby home. But just know an amazing story is unfolding and I’m already documenting it for future blog posts I hope to share once we’re parents!

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Want to help?

As soon as we started sharing our exciting news with friends and family, we were floored and humbled by how many people’s first reactions were “How can we help?!” Our baby isn’t here yet and we already feel blessed by the amazing village who already loves him or her so much.

If you’re interested, we put together a small list of ways you can help us between now and baby-time!

  • Prayers, pixie dust, happy thoughts, best wishes. We need all the love and good ju-ju we can muster! <3
  • If you know someone who is engaged, let them know about our photography! We’re already so thankful for any referrals, but this will increase 10 fold once we’re parents. Yay for being self employed! <3
  • This also goes for anyone who needs family photos or anniversary photos! ;)
  • We’ve never, ever made prints of our Disney art photos available for purchase. To help with our adoption fees, we’ll be offering them for sale for a *very* limited time. You can view our Disney store front here, and also check out prints from some of our other favorite trips.
  • We’ll be running wedding and portrait print sales between now and baby. I’ve been dragging my feet on starting a newsletter but it’s been on my mind this year. Until we start emailing promotions to you directly, keep checking back at the Root Photography blog and Facebook page for any announcements on specials.
  • Share this page! (Or even the link below.) :)
  • If none of the above applies to you, a family member set up a Go Fund Me page for us. We wouldn’t be starting this adventure if we couldn’t afford it, but that doesn’t mean we’re too proud to accept a little help. It turns out adopting babies is expensive! ;) If you’d like to skip your Starbucks for a day and donate $5, we’d be honored. We were strongly opposed to fundraising when we began, but my heart has been reminded over and over again that these things take a village. That’s nothing to be ashamed of if it makes life a little easier as we transition to our new roles of Mom and Dad.
“Mom and Dad.” Oh my goodness. <3

Jensey Loves Snoqualmie

18th June 2016

If you’ve ever seen photos from our best friends getting married in Africa, you know Lorie and Jon. Lorie and I have known each other since kindergarten, been best friends since college, moved to Orlando to do the Walt Disney World College Program together, met our husbands, married our husbands, and all 4 of us moved to Nashville 5 years ago. Then Nate and I broke our parallel lives by moving back to Orlando, leaving our other-couple-half in Nashville!

Anyway, that’s our friendship in a nutshell with Lorie and Jon. Shortly after our move back to Orlando, they moved to Seattle! They’ll only be there a couple years, but I’m so glad that we were able to make the trip to see them in their new home. They’re living in downtown Seattle in a crazy fancy and cozy apartment, and while I’m longing for them to move back to Tennessee so we can be close(r) again, it was so fun seeing them in this new life!!

Now for photos from the next leg of our January snow trip! <3

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Of course, we got a cabin for the weekend with them because that’s what we do with Lorie and Jon! We visited the town of Snoqualmie, which was only ~45 minutes from Seattle. But what a difference that 45 minutes made! What was a mild, rainy day quickly turned into 30 degrees and feet of snow!

I loved our snowy cabin. <3

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She’s just being Lorie. <3

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I mean, we were living in a postcard!!

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It’s not Lorie and Jon time until the boys are doing puzzles. <3

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Down the street from our cabin was this GIIIIIIIIANT sledding hill! It was so scary but fun, and that hike back up the hill was NO joke!

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Don’t let the smiles fool you- We’re both completely out of breath here!

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HAND. SOME. <3

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Lorie had a quest all weekend to make the perfect snowball. :)

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THIS IS THE SECOND STORY WINDOW, Y’ALL. SECOND STORY. SECOND. STORY.

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Oh right! So we were leaving Snoqualmie around noon when we get to the freeway on-ramp in town and find this. UMMMMM. We were supposed to be flying out the next morning for a session in Canada and this had me and Nate mildly freaking out, but as always, I can’t imagine any better friends to have in this situation than Lorie and Jon.

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We learned there was only going to be one more convoy out that day and the only way to know when it was going to happen was the closed neighborhood Facebook page! They would post on there and give the residents 10 minutes. When we went back out to see if the convoy was going to go or not, they were about to leave, but we needed to run back to the cabin to grab our stuff and Mary-Kate, Lorie’s dog! We RACED back to the cabin, all of us having a specific plan of what to do and grab, came back, and the convoy had LEFT! We were told again that the cop was going to come back for one more run, so we loaded up on junk food at the gas station and prepared to wait in this line of cars for hours. Sure enough, our line of cars started moving and we were on our way!

Lorie and Jon, we love adventuring with y’all. Come visit soon! <3

Jensey Loves Quinn, Kinley, and Mari! (Part II)

11th June 2016

Make sure you’ve read part I of our Oregon trip here!

My brother and Nate went for a before sunrise snowshoe hike to grab some gorgeous photos. I don’t know what they hiked up exactly… More than a hill but not quite a mountain so whatever that’s called? :) Either way, here are some pretty phooooootos! <3

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Nate shadow camera magic!

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I love this one so much- Look at all the ski swigglies! Yes, that’s the technical term, fyi.

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Then it was back for more aunting and uncling!

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Y’all… Heart = melted.

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I’m pretty sure this is the moment he figured out parenting. <3

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Going through my DisneyRoots Instagram with Kinley and learning who everyone is. All photos of Rapunzel were “Mommy,” and every time she saw Wendy she thought it was me. I won’t say Kinley is my favorite, but I won’t deny it, either. ;)

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Loved this local restaurant they go to with a play room attached to the main dining area. We were able to eat right there and watch them- More restaurants need this!

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So, right before our trip, my best friend Jessie told me that she found a photographer Little People that looks just like me! This thing even dresses like me, wears sunglasses on her head, and holds her camera like me! It’s hilarious!! Jessie was so sweet and sent one for Quinn and Kinley. They love taking “Auntie Jensey” everywhere and yelling things like “Don’t flush Auntie Jensey down the toilet!” and “Stop biting Auntie Jensey!”

This is Auntie Jensey monitoring dinner time. :)

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Fact we learned while babysitting: Frozen veggies and first-time ever viewings of Aladdin make all boo boos better!

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I try to hand sew something special for every niece and nephew when they’re born, and this is what I made for Miss Emma. I loved seeing her play on it! :)

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The second best thing in all of Oregon to my family is Dutch Bros Coffee, mainly the location next to my brother and sister-in-law’s place. These three make every day better! And they’ve even named a coffee after my brother. :)

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Kinley, please never, ever change the way you eat. <3

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Goodbyes are never fun, but especially not on a rainy day. :( We love you, family!!

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