melaniemauer we're taking a look at the calendar and planning a mini session for the city of *your* choosing! as fans of democracy, the highest vote by 5/30 wins. here are the choices: louisville, pikeville, cincinnati or nashville

spread the word to people in your circle or tag people who you know in those cities! i'd love to travel to each of these spots but time is tight so i've got to choose between them and need your input! if there's a particular spot in your town that you'd suggest (maybe even a farm!), feel free to add that in with your vote so we check out all the options!
1 vote please! ( votes will be tallied from here and our Facebook business page)
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melaniemauer happy happy memorial day weekend! #getoutthereandmakeitagoodone 15h

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melaniemauer just a little tribute to two epic amazing women who have huge hearts, creative know-how that would dazzle martha stewart, and make *everyday* more fun. #shelleyandjoyrobynsuperfan #tlsrednose #rednoseday #rednose #rednoseday2015 @todayshow @rednosedayusa @joyrobyn @shelleyslabaugh 1d

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melaniemauer grateful to have landed in such a lovely place with such lovely company. #sharethelex 2d
  •   sarahclay1 such a wonderful surprise this morning! love this quick walk down memory lane 2d
  •   melaniemauer @sarahclay1 I'm so excited about your chickens...I have a client who said watching them is the best...she calls it chicken TV :) 2d
  •   littlecraigclan Gorgeous! 2d

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melaniemauer i find there's so much to share and feel short on time to do it but can't let this pass by...this sweet book landed in my hands and i can't wait to read it to Audrey tonight. or at the park post-piano practice.
last summer we waded in walden pond and it meant so much because it's the star of a favorite book of mine since high school. grateful for amazing children's literature! #mamaandaudreydates
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melaniemauer this week has been a favorite. a field trip to the aquarium.
a spring concert at school this morning.
meaningful time with clients preparing for a wedding and sessions.
it’s enough. and it truly is a feast.
about to head to a rehearsal and then tomorrow will be a wedding. and i’ll likely tear up behind my camera from the sweetness i see.
and on sunday, i’ll rest and read. walk to church. and eat a cantaloupe for lunch.
it’s simple but every bit of it makes me so happy.
1w
  •   littlecraigclan So lovely. Happy Friday! xo 1w
  •   melaniemauer thank you @littlecraigclan - you are such a sweet cheerleader and encourager!! not a stitch of it goes unnoticed :) 1w
  •   o_linds I just love your posts! I always look forward to those sweet images or uplifting messages! You are such a breath of fresh air. I'm very grateful to call you friend. 1w
  •   lizabethmaeloo Excited to see wedding work post yan outta yous ;) 1w
  •   vickigaver I love this #happywithmyportion 5d

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melaniemauer thanks to a beautiful workshop, i feel closer to my personal vision…and part of that is shooting in your home as much as circumstances allow for family sessions.
i love what’s available to us there.
pets.

favorite toys.
a space that your child feels natural in.

everything looks a bit cozier and connected at home.
xoxo, -melanie-
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melaniemauer feels like summer.
and the watermelon is getting sweet just in time.
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melaniemauer time does not really exist for mothers, with regard to their children.
it does not matter greatly how old the child is - in the blink of an eye,
a mother can see the child again
as they were when they were born, when they learned to walk,
as they were at any age - at any time, even when the child is fully grown or a parent themselves. [ diana gabaldon ]
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melaniemauer affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives. [ c.s.lewis ] 2w

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melaniemauer everything has a deeper meaning now.
[ holly combs ]

how do you feel about mothers day?
i love it.
jason helps audrey execute her plans and my favorite part is opening a leather journal that she draws a beautiful photo in with a few words.
she brainstorms and thinks of the loveliest things. last year it was a small glass jar with little strips of pink paper painstakingly tied with a matching pink string that each held a sweet message.
this week, i can’t help but share a few images of motherhood. grateful to be allowed in for your sweet and intimate moments.
2w
  •   theheartmag So precious! Six years ago when our oldest was just a year, Chad started a journal with her that they write in every mother's day. He has a set of questions that she's answered every year, and now the other two have sections every year too. It is my most priced possession by far. I love looking back at their favorite tv shows, favorite foods, favorite things to do with Mommy. It just melts me every time♡♡ Happy Mother's Day, Melanie! 2w
  •   melaniemauer Oh @theheartmag that's fantastic!!! What a treasure!! 2w
  •   sarah_stucki This photo is breathtaking! And your family could not get any sweeter. Audrey takes after her mom. Kind and thoughtful 2w
  •   melaniemauer @sarah_stucki so kind! 2w

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melaniemauer roadtripping and my final destination was just 19 miles from the spot where jason both proposed and we were married.
so i stopped.
and remembered.
i haven’t been here in years (it’s about 6 hours from home) and it was…profound.
are there places like that for you?
spots on this planet that feel sacred.
#sundaysaremyfavorite
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  •   angiemenos It was so wonderful to meet you yesterday, Melanie! Hope you are having a safe drive home! 3w
  •   melaniemauer @angiemenos same!!! loved st. louis but it was such a treat to pull in the driveway!! the drive was perfect and i got so much thinking done!! 2w

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melaniemauer a friend from college with three great kiddos is battling cancer. during a session at the end of last year, i asked her kiddos to write the one word that most described her.

and i then promptly melted into a puddle from their responses.

i get to see the best things.

and it bursts my heart wide open.

lessons learned.

with preschoolers, elementary & middle schoolers often as my teachers.

fast forward another 20 years and the result of that parental love extended is seen again at weddings.

so what are the words you hope describe you?

let’s live the embodiment of that today.

you are more huggable, awesome and gentle than you know ;) xoxo, -melanie-
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melaniemauer convinced i'm surrounded by the loveliest & most creative people. elise + camille of @petalslexington just dropped this off! #squealing 1mon

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melaniemauer i’ve been thinking about new ways to express appreciative words to my family...particularly since during the week, our time in the evenings is shorter than i’d like and i’ll often think of something throughout the day.
we write notes. audrey and i pass a journal back and forth. i can send jason texts.
but then i remembered an idea from @beckyhigginsllc (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/130322982936925355/) and found a little spot in our hallway.

i love living in a family. and how saying something sincere can set the day off to such a good start.
xoxo, -m-
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melaniemauer spent the better part of today with a whole lot of amazing poems. #childrenaresuchgreatcompany 1mon

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melaniemauer sneak peek of yesterday afternoon at @glenlaryestate #pinchme 1mon

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melaniemauer yesterday during organizing, i went through some sentimental boxes that held dozens of journals and letters - besides being hysterically funny, i'm overcome by how good life can be. it keeps getting better and better in so many ways. (image is from camille's wedding last fall and the sweet storybook inn in versailles, ky where she got ready for her day) @camilledtucker 1mon

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