Defeat & Gratitude | Sarah Keenan Knoxville Photographer

I had not planned a post for tonight.  In fact, things have been so busy that it didn’t even cross my mind.  But I am sitting here in my home office alone.  I’m working.  I was simultaneously jumping between editing an engagement session and preparing my next Instagram stories post.  My children have been together 24/7 for over a week now and there have been a few moments of tension between siblings.  And, I’m not going to lie.  As an introvert, I’ve had to take a few deep breaths as the noise has been incessant and the “mommy, mommy” has taken no break.

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It took me a moment to even realize what I was hearing.  From an adjacent room I could hear music.  Then laughter.  Then chatting.  It was 7:15pm after days of being home together.  My children have completed their school work for the day and have been given freedom to do their own thing for a bit before bedtime.  But, as I snuck around the corner and took a look into what I was hearing I found all of my children dancing and singing to the Frozen II soundtrack.  I heard them sharing stories from things they had heard from friends or seen on the news.  They were taking roles from the Frozen movie and acting them out together.

I returned to my work for a bit.  And, as I completed things for the evening and went to head everyone to showers I found them as in the image above.  Snuggled in, reading to each other.  ❤️

I had to step back.  Today was not my most graceful day, friends.  I am tired.  I felt like a champ running into this week and today feel like a total flop.  But, stepping back I was able to see children happy, healthy, kind, and enjoying time together.  I was able to take a BIG deep breath and was SO proud.  There was So. Much. Joy. in their faces.  In those moments I was able to remind myself that the plan is far greater than I can imagine.  And, while my plans are here in the day to day where I can see… God’s plans are so much more in-depth than I can ever grasp.

I am grateful for the moments I witnessed between my children this evening.  It was a reminder of God’s presence, but also that sometimes you just got to sing and dance, laugh and chat.

To each of you struggling out there, I am with you!  Moving through this time is not easy at all.  But, we will get through it.  In the meantime, look for Joy and share in Gratitude.

I am grateful for each of you who are sharing your journey with me.  I do believe it takes us all.  Thank you.

With Grit & Grace~
Sarah Keenan

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I have an affinity to all things light and airy.  I love color, sunshine, romance, and laughter.  I love inspirational quotes, meeting new people, flowers, and the idea of finishing a great book.  My go-to drink is coffee.  My outlet is dance.  And, aallllll of my free time is spent with my crew, including our German Shepherd, Gaia.   

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