Thursday, November 26, 2015


"It is not happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy." 

This. This is what life is about. You want happiness in your life? Be thankful. Not just on Thanksgiving. Not just on the good days. Everyday. 

Be thankful for everything you have. It is enough. If you have extra, give. In fact, even if you don't have extra, give. Money, time, food, material possessions, self....give. 

Be thankful for everything you are. Love yourself. You are the only you there is. But never stop striving to be better than the person you were yesterday.  

Be thankful for all those that are in your life. The friends, the family, the life lessons. They don't have to be there, and could be gone tomorrow. 

Sending all my love to those I am thankful for. 

With love,
Mama Hauck

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Night Waker

I love going through old blog posts and photos and remembering! Each post, each photo, holds a moment or feeling, frozen in time. 

You guys, this is why I blog. I don't do it for the followers. I don't do it for the likes. Though I appreciate the support and the connections I form with others through doing so. But that's not why I blog. I do it for myself. I do it for my husband. I do it for my children. These reasons alone are why I make it a point to find the time to fill this space with photos and words written from my heart. You could say I'm quite obsessed with preserving memories. I know my babies will thank me later. 

I originally wrote and posted Night Waker in July 2014. Reading it now made me just as teary as it did when I wrote it then. 

The only difference now is if I get a sleepy night waker in my bedroom at 2:30am, I don't carry them back to their own bed, I let them stay. 

I am forever learning, forever changing, forever growing in my Mama mind, heart, and soul. I know it's only a matter of time before my children stop coming to our room, stop needing us in the middle of the night. I know the time is coming, though I wish it never would. So instead of carrying them or sending them back off to their own bed, my heart says let them stay. Let them snuggle. Let them have that time. They need it, otherwise they wouldn't be there at our bedside asking for us. So I listen. I let them stay. I let them snuggle. And my soul just eats it up. 

Night Waker

It starts with a whimper
Just a soft, sweet whimper
And all too soon I hear your tiny feet pit-pat-pattering on the floor
Groggily I roll out of bed
It's 2:30 in the morning, my clock tells me so
I meet you in our doorway, your arms already stretched out
I pluck you off the floor in one fell swoop
Your little arms wrap around my neck and your little legs around my waist
Your head rests upon my shoulder and you sigh a real deep sigh
What's on your mind, my little one?
What's woke you from your slumber?
I hold you tight and sway my hips
Dancing in the doorway with my sleepy night waker
Ever so slowly we make our way back to your room
Step by step, sway by sway, my bare feet on the cold floor
The moonlight filters through the living room windows
The curtains ruffle slightly in the night breeze
The house is still and quiet
As tired as I am, my heart whispers to go slow
I know better than to rush this moment
This most perfect moment that all too soon will be but an old Mama's memory
Standing by your bed now, I can't seem to lay you down
My arms squeeze you tighter and I softly rub your back
Your eyes start to close as I kiss your messy bed head
In the soft glow of your nightlight, my heart pounds with so much love
I close my eyes and soak up the moment
Sweet one, I would hold you for a million years if I could!
But time doesn't stop, no matter how much I wish it would
So down you finally go and I gently tuck you in
As I tip-toe out of your room and back into my own
I thank God for this moment 
This 2:30 in the morning, dancing in the moonlight, gone by too fast 
Perfect moment with my sleepy night waker

With love,
Mama Hauck

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Fritz Mother-Daughter Photos

This past weekend I had the privilege of photographing Kayden and her Mama. This is my 3rd year doing their fall photos and it's awesome watching Kayden grow. 

We got lucky with the weather. We weren't sure we were going to be able to get our shoot in, but thankfully the rain held off long enough for us to get it done! Sometimes you have to cancel, but other times you've just got to go for it.

We took photos in my yard and then headed down the road to the location I took my own family photos at this Fall, Rock Creek. I've taken photos on Rock Creek in the past and it's one of my favorite places to go for those pretty Fall foliage photos....as long as you catch it in time! I don't always get lucky, some years are harder than others and the leaves all fall or it just gets dreary out before I have a chance to get there. As it was, we had to scoop up the leaves from the ditch and throw them in the road. But no one was complaining about a little leaf throwing. :)

With love,
Mama Hauck

Monday, November 9, 2015

Hauck Family Photos

It's been a whole year since I did our family photos. A YEAR! True, I'd snapped a family photo while camping and then again while at the Oregon Coast, but I'm talking about the good 'ol fashioned nice outfits, tripod with timer, planned photos. 

A year is ridiculous for my family. Especially when I'm the one taking the photos! But life has piled on a lot for us this past year and we have all learned the value of time and that there just doesn't seem to be enough of it to do and get done everything that we would like. Some things are just forced to take the back burner. 

After having our outfits picked out for literally a month and a half, cameras and tripod out and ready to roll, I finally had to put my foot down and just tell the World to buzz off for a bit so we could get our family photos done! LOL  

Gosh, my heart just swells looking at our pictures. Such beautiful, silly, loving children we have.

With love,
Mama Hauck