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User Image nancyray Posted: Nov 21, 2017 2:06 PM (UTC)

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Because you need to know about #nrptopknots . 💁🏼‍♀️

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User Image nancyray Posted: Feb 20, 2018 2:24 PM (UTC)

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Here’s to dressing like I’m 31 today, when most days I wear leggings, nursing tank tops and no make up. Let’s do this, Tuesday! (Top & shoes: @targetstyle , Pants: @hm 3 years ago) 📷: @oliviasuriano
User Image nancyray Posted: Feb 16, 2018 10:00 PM (UTC)

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Two little miracles are on the blog today. You don’t want to miss their story - I promise. Link in profile. #nrpnewborns #nrpfamilies
User Image nancyray Posted: Feb 15, 2018 3:13 PM (UTC)

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That time my best friend and sister @jessray got married, that time we saw God answer years of prayers with a certain @kylemlangdon , that time I was IN her wedding as a bridesmaid, on the other side of the camera, watching @oliviasuriano photograph the whole day with @calliepittsdavis by her side, that time I cried my face off because Milly was the sweetest flower girl, that time we all gathered in and around our family home in Beaufort to see something we’ve talked about since MIDDLE school come to life (Jess getting married in Beaufort)... I could go on. All that to say, God is so good and so real, He hasn’t forgotten about your years of prayers, and my love for wedding photography was renewed all over again this day as I got to experience it again from the other side, with my every own team. What a day. PS. Favorite photo ever of me and you, @jessray. (On the enneagram, I’m a 3 with 4 wing, and she’s a 4 with 3 wing. No wonder we’re so close!) more from my favorite wedding of 2017 on the blog and in my story today! >>> #nrpweddings #minkiesforever #jessandkyledowntheaisle
User Image nancyray Posted: Feb 14, 2018 8:41 PM (UTC)

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Three little lovebugs 💕💕💕 happy love day, friends! #millyandmama #lyndonandmama
User Image nancyray Posted: Feb 12, 2018 8:10 PM (UTC)

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So. Many. Tissue. Boxes!! This was my office last week: my bed. I had a sinus infection that took me out for 10 days, with a fever and a cough, which makes me want to also be dramatic and say I had the flu too. But one will never know. 🤷🏼‍♀️ BUT TODAY!! Today is a new dayyyyy (said in a singing voice!) because I am alive and moving and PERSPECTIVE! For instance: I ordered 3 bags of lemons from my grocery pick up (instead of 3 lemons 🤣🍋🍋🍋) and just laughed so hard instead of my usually eye roll 🙄 over the mistake and inconvenience of returning it. NBD when you are alive and well, right? .
So Monday pep talk: there are so many people out there struggling with way bigger health problems than the flu or a sinus infection. So choose thankfulness today, friend. Laugh at your mistakes and enjoy the little things in life. Turn up the volume on praise and worship in your house and dance! Make this Monday a great one. Don’t sweat the small stuff. And name 3 things you’re thankful for in the comments below. Right now!! GO! (PS. An Amish lady made my quilt so don’t even ask where it’s from! 😘 it’s from her living room 😂)
User Image nancyray Posted: Jan 30, 2018 9:19 PM (UTC)

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One of my favorite family photos of ALL TIME. It captures perfectly the joy and crazy of going from 1 to 2, toddler and newborn life, parenting and juggling, laughing and shushing. I’m framing this one for SURE.
How we organize our personal lives (planning family memories and otherwise!) is on the blog today in the #howwedoitseries ! Link in profile! #rayfamigram (thank you @elizabethtate_ for this perfect capture! 💕) #nrpfamilies
User Image nancyray Posted: Jan 29, 2018 8:08 PM (UTC)

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How I create my family yearbooks : on the blog today! Also highlighting a few other friends and how they document their families in the post! @perryvaile @katelynjames @calliepittsdavis >>> blog link in profile
User Image nancyray Posted: Jan 29, 2018 1:44 PM (UTC)

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3 days spent with these ladies in a cozy cabin on a frozen lake. Scripture, worship, coffee, candles, tears, tissues, laughter, freedom, rest. The @returntorest retreat is a highlight every year because of one thing: Jesus shows up every time. So grateful. Feeling a renewed love for Jesus and work and rest this Monday morning! How sweet that I can walk into my week knowing I can live freely and lightly in Him - no matter what my hand finds to do today! #returntorest #returntorest2018 #nancyrayspeaks
User Image nancyray Posted: Jan 28, 2018 7:22 PM (UTC)

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The first few months of newborn life were such an adjustment for me spiritually. I couldn’t have my 45 minute daily quiet time - I was just trying to feed my baby, feed myself, and sleep. And really that’s how it’s been for much of motherhood - thinking you have the time and motivation to learn that sleep wins again, and that’s okay.
It was hard leaving my 6 month old baby this weekend for @returntorest , and I cried a lot of the week leading up to it worried about nursing and pumping and leaving. But it was so so needed. Mamas - it’s GOOD to get away sometimes even when it’s hard.
But as I sit on the plane to go home, I’m reminded that rest does not equal sleep, or a retreat, it equals Jesus. And that I can abide in that rest whether I’m working or folding laundry or up with my baby or having quiet time to read and journal. Jesus made deep soul rest available to you and to me.
And to the anyone seeking real rest- you can find it when folding laundry or drafting an email or taking care of a sick baby or waking a bit early to pray. It’s available at night and in the morning. You turn to Jesus in whatever you are doing and He meets you right there.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew‬ ‭11:28-30‬ ‭MSG‬‬ @returntorest #returntorest #returntorest2018
User Image nancyray Posted: Jan 25, 2018 12:32 PM (UTC)

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Lyndon loves those Great Dane kisses!! 🤣 5 months with this little love has been marked with the biggest growth spurt EVER and tons of sleepless nights with lots of nursing. Worth it for the chubby cheeks and thigh squeezes I have unlimited access to. 🙌🏻 Also: 5 months and 28 days still counts as her 5 Month photo, right? 🤦🏼‍♀️ #lyndonmonthbymonth #winstonthedane
User Image nancyray Posted: Jan 24, 2018 6:44 PM (UTC)

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Yesterday I blogged all about how I organize my home - but i decided it was a bit sad because the blog lacked pictures! Well I fixed that... and now you can read AND see how I organize my home! Take a peek inside the Ray home and read how we keep our tiny townhouse organized! Link in profile! #howwedoitseries (PS. Be sure to follow @emilyayerthomas and her blogposts too because they are just SO good.)
User Image nancyray Posted: Jan 22, 2018 6:21 PM (UTC)

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Rain + pregnant belly + finding the perfect light + shooting in film ... My FAVORITE BLOGPOST is up today!! Behind the scenes of shooting in 2017! Link in profile or head to!! #nrpbehindthescenes #nrpweddings
User Image nancyray Posted: Jan 20, 2018 2:35 PM (UTC)

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Giveaway CLOSED!!! Congrats @katieturnerphoto 🎉🎉🎉:: Weekend GIVEAWAY TIME!!! And y'all - these puppies are SOLD OUT so I have a rare copy! How to WIN 1 set of 2018 @cultivatewhatmatters Goal Setting Powersheets::⠀
1. Leave a comment below letting me know why you follow me AND why you want to win this set of powersheets!⠀
2. Tag a friend you love and admire who is intentional about their life!⠀
Contest closes TOMORROW: Sunday afternoon at 4pm when I'll choose a random winner! I'll send them out to you Monday. Remember, as my friend @laracasey says, "There's nothing magical about January 1st." You still have 11.5 beautiful months of 2018. Make them count!⠀
#powersheets #goalsetting #goalsmonthbymonth
User Image nancyray Posted: Jan 19, 2018 4:05 PM (UTC)

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Send coffee ☕️ Nursing a hungry bungry baby around the clock has me dizzy tired. Tears can happen at any moment. But in these moments of helplessness, I remind myself of a few simple truths that maybe some other mamas of littles need to hear: there are SO many women who are praying and pleading to be in our shoes. Let's walk this road in gratitude. We have the most comfortable, cushy life, full of soft beds and hot coffee here in America to get us through. Let's not overlook that gift. And don't forget - this is only a season. I can use these exhausted days to become bitter and complain, or I can use my moments of weakness to grow closer to Jesus, because when I AM WEAK, HE IS STRONG. #solidaritymamas
User Image nancyray Posted: Jan 17, 2018 5:44 PM (UTC)

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If you could sit down with me for coffee, what is the one thing you’d ask me about? How can I serve you, help you, speak life to you in 2018? I want every one of you to answer below, or message me, or email me. Yeeep - I might be getting tons of messages and comments, but I don’t care. It’s high time I got to know you and ways I can serve you best. Also, IT’S SNOWING and I just can’t even tell you how happy I am!!!
Can’t wait to hear from each of you! Even you, Mama!!!! 😉
User Image nancyray Posted: Jan 16, 2018 8:08 PM (UTC)

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Here are a few things I don't share very often: Will and I paid off our house when we were 25 & 26. And just to illustrate what a true accomplishment that was, here's the background: I was raised in a really wealthy home (we had 7 houses at one point 😳), and he was raised to work hard and long and pay for his own stuff. Basically, we were a disaster waiting to happen. When we were engaged, I wanted to turn my head the other way. By God's grace, someone introduced us to @DaveRamsey and Financial Peace University. He made money simple, and his principles united us in our marriage and put us on the same page. HalleLUjah.⠀
While organizing your systems and your money is a good thing, let me tell you one thing I hope you never forget: how you spend your money is directly tied to your heart. It IS an emotional battle. We budgeted hard core and saved like crazy for 5 years to pay off our little home, and it showed me how selfish and discontent I was. It revealed the ugly "Princess Nancy" (as I like to call her) who "had to have" this little dress because she "needed it." That journey has shaped me into who I am today, and while we thankfully don't have to be so hard core about our budget any more because we've been 100% debt free for 5 years, I'm reminded often that money is simply a tool that can be put to use in beautiful (and ugly) ways, and it only illuminates the kind of person you are. ⠀
Want to hear more of our story AND all of our favorite tools and resources for organizing your money? It's all on the blog today! Link in profile. #howwedoitseries
User Image nancyray Posted: Jan 16, 2018 2:31 PM (UTC)

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That time the most amazing fog rolled in as a backdrop behind the most perfect fall wedding. 🙌🏻 On the blog - 2 posts back! #nrpweddings #nrpbrides
User Image nancyray Posted: Jan 16, 2018 2:49 AM (UTC)

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Our 2nd Annual #nrpteamretreat was a success! The most amazing cabin, a surprise snowfall, a rowdy game of Sequence, French toast and bacon, doing the deep work of addressing issues head on, having quiet times by the most amazing fire, random dance parties, learning our Strengths (hey @willrray where’s your Activator??), and eating the best Mexican feast ever. We’ll forgive you, @calliepittsdavis, for forgetting the sour cream. This time only, though. 😉 Holy wow do I love these girls. This team. This work. #nrpteam (more highlights in the story!)
User Image nancyray Posted: Jan 10, 2018 1:34 PM (UTC)

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The most beautiful couple, lovely pink hues on a beach, the perfect amount of wind, and the tallest groom to date. WINNING. Hair & makeup by the lovely @lulahairmakeup #nrpsessions #nancyrayphotography #nrpbrides
User Image nancyray Posted: Jan 10, 2018 12:40 AM (UTC)

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I've always been fascinated with time management. 🕑 Maybe it's a personality thing, maybe it's my weird love for efficiency (my husband has rubbed off on me), maybe it's the fact that I constantly find myself needing more help in this area. Some of my favorite books are on productivity and time management! 168 Hours, What's Best Next, Organizing your Private World, to name a few. Yep, #nerdalert. Anywho, if this type of thing interests you, or if you want to learn more about how I order my days, I'm sharing my favorite tools and tips on the blog today! And not only that, my friend @emilyayerthomas is ALSO sharing her favorite time management tools and resources on her blog! We are each writing a new and improved series on organization each Tuesday for the next two months, and I am pretty pumped about it! (If you've been following me for a while, then you might remember my old organization series a few years back. This one is new and improved!) So head to and to read all about How We Do it: Organizing our Time! #howwedoitseries