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SELF LOVE SEPTEMBER

Each passing summer gets a little busier here at the Miller Manor.  With four growing children all at home under my feet, our precious time together is filled to the brim.  I cling to it and every single year.  This little blog of mine gets neglected, but something always draws me back once our routine settles in a bit.  I gave myself a breather from work and that felt nice for a couple of weeks, but I am a creative person, and if I don’t write, or shoot, or create in some way or another, I get stuck.

I think recently I’ve been so stuck on what this blog needs to be for everyone else, or maybe aiming to please or not offend, that I haven’t thought enough about what this blog was always intended for; me.  I needed this blog, I have clung to this blog and the clarity, connection, perspective it provides.  It has brought joy to my life, and peace to my heart.  It has become a treasure of journals for my family.  It has become a creative outlet for my sanity.  I love this space, and I pray it continues forward, onward.  Whatever that means.

I have taken some time for some real true soul searching.  I have felt a pivot in my life, but just in the way that I need to grow and step up to whatever my life calling is.  The first week back, I am going to be talking about some self love as we walk into September.  We made it through the summer, we got our kids miraculously back to school in August, and September – before the holiday hustle and bustle starts – we are going to take some time for ourselves, damnit!  We need it, and more importantly – OUR FAMILIES need it.  A happy mother makes a happy home!

So hang with me this week as I kick off SELF LOVE SEPTEMBER as I share some ways that I have learned to love myself to better myself as a mother, wife, and all around woman!

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Also!  This fall, I will be speaking at the SALT lds womens conference.  My friends and I are making a girls trip out of it, and I would love to see some of my readers and squeeze you in person!  INFO HERE.

So bare with me as I get back into the swing of daily writing, and unload a bit of my “crazy” with y’all this week.  As always, feel free to message me if there is something you’d like me to weigh in on here.  I love hearing what you have to say!

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miller family video

I have been working on so many fun creative projects lately, but our family video has got to be my very favorite.  I can’t thank McKay from Legacy One Films enough for this gem!  I have had this idea for years, and he made it come to life in such a beautiful way.  This made our family pictures all the more sweet to capture us in this season.  I’ll be posting more beautiful pictures from this session with Ashley Flowers Photography next week! Basically, we have a dream team!  Can’t thank these talented creatives enough.

Miller Family Lifestyle Shoot – Fall 2016 from Legacy One Films on Vimeo.

McKay is offering $50 for my followers who book before December 15th!  I can’t recommend a family lifestyle video enough.  Check out legacyonefilms.com to book and mention Cass Miller! xo

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adventurers

A few weeks ago, Mr. Miller and I brought home our very first camp trailer!  We are so excited to get it all fixed up and ready to take out on the road.  We have been chatting about this idea for a few years, and it’s so fun to see it finally taking off.  We bought one with good bones that just needed some cosmetic updates to make it feel like our little house on wheels!  I can’t wait to show you what we do with it, and I’m even more excited to see how it fits into our family lifestyle.  I am currently flipping through pinterest getting all sorts of ideas. (You know how I love pinterest!) Here are some I’m loving:

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 via my friend Tisse’s awesome 5 day RV reno!

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Major’s Blessing Day

In the LDS faith, when a new baby comes into the world, they are surrounded by the important men in their lives and given a name and a blessing, typically done by their father.  (Grae’s blessing, Stella’s blessing, Harlo’s blessing)  Mr. Miller gave Major one of the sweetest blessings I have ever heard, (and I’m not just saying that, several people at the blessing told me the same thing!) He spoke right from his heart with such love for our son.  He blessed him with happiness, strength, and faith all through his life.  It’s everything I would want our son to be blessed with.  I am so grateful for Brady as the father of my children.  They are the luckiest, and so am I.

Each of my baby’s blessing days has been such a sweet day for my mama heart.  It’s so wonderful to surround ourselves with family and friends and celebrate the newest little life in our family.  Blessings are typically done in church during Sacrament hour, but because we’re rather non-traditional, we have blessed each of our babies at home.  I love this tradition and I’m so glad we’ve stuck with it.  It’s so sweet and personal and sacred.

Major’s blessing was one of the best days of my life.  I am in a time in my life that the friends and family I keep around is so intentional.  We have been blessed with such a wonderful group of friends the last couple years and I feel so thankful for each of them.  I have prayed for these relationships in my life and having them surrounding us with love on these special days in our lives just touches my heart in the best way.  I feel like we have finally settled into a real tribe of people to walk this life with and that is such a great feeling.  These friendships are eternal.

A lot of thought and preparation went into Major’s blessing day to make it perfect.  I love making big and small days in our life extra special with celebrations.  I truly felt like a queen, celebrating my little prince!  His special day was perfect from start to finish.

A few deatils:

We (Mr. Miller) worked hard to get our backyard finished in time for Major’s blessing.  It was the best way to break it in and we loved enjoying our friends and family in a place we had worked and thoughtfully prepared just for gatherings like this.
Thanks to Pinterest and my sweet friend Heather for helping with some extra touches for his special day.

On the menu were roast beef sliders and a plethora of yummy dishes brought by friends.  I wanted his day to have a calm, down to earth feel like my blessing way had and it was just perfect.

The dress I bought to wear for Major’s blessing arrived but didn’t quite fit, and at the last minute I pulled this dress out of the back of my closet.  I wore it the day we got sealed in the temple and that significance made my heart happy all day.  So much better than what I had originally planned to wear.

Major’s blessing outfit came with special thought and preparation (my only son! It had to be perfect.) and was gifted to him by his Nana.  His sweet trousers were found HERE. His shoes HERE.
My dear friend Sara is the owner of 24 Seven Designs and made Major this custom blanket with his name on it.

Most of all, Major’s blessing day showed us how loved and blessed we truly are.  Thank you to all our friends and family for making this day even that much more special!  For the ones who gathered around us, or loved our family from afar.  Each of you bless our lives!

 

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