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User Image nancyray Posted: Sep 16, 2012 9:17 PM (UTC)

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The view from our rooftop terrace! #raysinnewengland

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User Image nancyray Posted: Jan 20, 2018 2:35 PM (UTC)

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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
User Image nancyray Posted: Jan 8, 2018 11:12 PM (UTC)

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Huzzah!! I’m SO happy to let you know our 2018 Internship Program 📝 is now OPEN for application! The details and link to apply are on the blog TODAY 💫 (Link in profile!) We hire for our Spring, Summer and Fall intern ALL at the same time, so we’d love to hear from you if you’ve ever wanted to be part of the #NRPteam. Goodness am I grateful for each and every past #nrpintern (browse that hashtag!)... and I can’t wait to see who will be on our team this year. Let the interviews begin!! (Pic with the amazing @beccakatephotography : one of our 2017 interns!)
User Image nancyray Posted: Jan 4, 2018 6:10 PM (UTC)

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In 3 weeks, I'll be nestled up right inside that cabin with a few other beautiful ladies seeking the heart of Jesus. 🙌🏻 @returntorest is faith driven retreat for women who seek rest, fellowship and a return and deepening of their identity in Christ. It's sold out for this year, and I cannot wait to meet every lady attending! Because every time we show up in this tiny cabin with expectant hearts, it's clear that God chooses every person to be there for a specific reason!⠀
I'll be spending tonight and this weekend praying through and preparing for my talks as I'll be the speaker that weekend. And by "speaker," I mean we'll be snuggling on couches with blankets and cookies, and I'll lead us in truth about Jesus and about rest.⠀
#returntorest #ministry #nancyrayspeaks #merrymeetinglake
User Image nancyray Posted: Jan 1, 2018 4:16 PM (UTC)

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Hey, 2018! You're here and I'm pretty happy about it! Also, 31 feels REALLY good. Just sayin.
My January 1st fresh start blogpost is up! I'm sharing my goals for the year and would love to hear yours too. Link in profile!⠀
#goals #powersheets #letsdothis #freshstart
User Image nancyray Posted: Dec 29, 2017 12:57 AM (UTC)

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It's BACK! 📚📚📚 The #nancyraybookclub is back for 2018! For all the details, sign up for the Nancy Ray News (in the sidebar of my blog) and read today's blogpost! Link in profile >> #nancyrayreads
User Image nancyray Posted: Dec 28, 2017 7:33 PM (UTC)

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He speaks 3 languages and serves our country in the military. She is strikingly beautiful and told me she hardly wears any make up (and really she doesn’t need to). They laugh so hard together, it made for the most fun engagement session I’ve had in a long time. I’m kind of obsessed with this couple. More of them on the blog! #nrpsessions #shootfilm
User Image nancyray Posted: Dec 28, 2017 1:35 PM (UTC)

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This book has been kicking my marriage booty in the best of ways. Case in point: "LOVE is being willing to have your life complicated by the needs and struggles of your husband or wife without impatience or anger. LOVE is actively fighting the temptation to be critical and judgmental toward your spouse, while looking for ways to encourage and praise. LOVE is the daily commitment to resist the needless moments of conflict that come from pointing out and responding to minor offenses." Yep. I needed to hear every one of these, and more. Highly recommend this book! #nancyrayreads
User Image nancyray Posted: Dec 26, 2017 4:09 AM (UTC)

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Overwhelmed with gratitude today. Merriest Christmas from our little family to yours! #rayfamigram #millyraytoday #lyndonraytoday
User Image nancyray Posted: Dec 24, 2017 9:19 PM (UTC)

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Christmas Eve is just as magical as Christmas Day ✨ While our week is filled with so many days with family, I’m grateful for this day at home with just the four of us (& Winston of course), the Muppets Christmas carol, naps, cookies, a home cooked meal, acting out the nativity story with our nativity, and looking at Christmas lights in our neighborhood. 💕🎄
User Image nancyray Posted: Dec 21, 2017 7:02 PM (UTC)

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A blogpost is up today that we've both been dreading for a while now. Our beloved family photographer, Elizabeth, is moving into something new and exciting. The NRP season with this sweet mama has come to an end, and there have been so many tears shed. Tears of sadness because we will miss @elizabethtate_ something fierce; tears of JOY because she is having TWINS and we couldn't be happier for her as we have prayed and hoped and waited with her for this day for years!!! Good gracious what a mixed bag of emotions we have all been dealing with. Elizabeth, you have kept us grounded, lighthearted, and laughing. You have captured our families and have loved our team and our clients SO well. You are the best writer, the most loyal friend, my forever college roomie toomie, and the most incredibly family photographer. You will ALWAYS be part of the NRP family and the #nrpteam. We love you and will miss you like CARAZY.
User Image nancyray Posted: Dec 20, 2017 2:50 PM (UTC)

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Our sweet Christmas Cards from @Minted and our 2017 Year in Review is on my blog today! Link in profile! #rayfamigram
User Image nancyray Posted: Dec 18, 2017 4:15 PM (UTC)

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This session means so much to me. Because of this session, my love for my work was renewed like never before. If I may be honest for a second, I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about it. Not because of Sydney and Fletcher (goodness I already knew I loved them), but because I had to spend 7 hours in a car + 1-2 hours of shooting time away from my 2.5 month old baby in order to capture this session.⠀
But do you know what I discovered during this incredible session?⠀
It was SO WORTH IT. The alone drive time did my mama heart some good, and I captured the love of a couple and the legacy of a family home that left me inspired, energized, and passionate for my work all over again.⠀
And goodness do I want my girls to know the value of good, meaningful work that lights your heart on fire! Thank you, Sydney and Fletcher for this sweet gift.⠀
More images of this sweet couple and the most incredible family home I've EVER captured - on the blog today! #nrpsessions #nrpbrides #nancyrayphotography #shootfilm
User Image nancyray Posted: Dec 16, 2017 1:49 PM (UTC)

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I went for a record breaking TWO runs this week and this morning I am crazy sore 🙈🤣. With no double stroller, I’ve been struggling with some major Mama guilt asking for help so I can run. But I have to remind myself that I’m my best for my family when I’m healthy. Baby steps after having a baby, am I right? #nancyrayruns