Fourth Trimester Update | Lauren Carnes Photography

It’s hard to believe it, but Oliver is officially 4 months old. What a darling little boy he is! Time is FLYING! I can’t even believe we’re already out of the “Fourth Trimester.” He’s just shy of 13 pounds, over double his birth weight (5 lbs 5 ozs)… and nearing triple! And goodness, I couldn’t be […]

Apr 3, 2019


Oliver’s Birth Story Since even before our little guy was born, people have been asking me: “Will you share your birth story?!” I know how much I love reading people’s birth stories, and subsequently usually would sob (once while watching a video folding laundry in our closet) at all the details. There is something incredibly […]

Dec 12, 2018


I’ve long dreamed about the day I’d been putting these maternity leave plans into action. In fact, during our season of infertility & waiting for a sweet babe, I often would reference extra work I was doing & dollars earned as being a “nest.” I’d stock pile a bit for the hope that one day […]

Nov 7, 2018


Lauren Carnes Photography

This has been a much requested story to share. And while I’ve shared bits and pieces here and there in this little digital world, I’ve never shared it all in one place or the specifics… so today, I’m grateful/nervous to share the story of our journey to Baby C! It’s one of initial excitement, followed […]

Sep 26, 2018


When we moved to Augusta, GA a little over 4 years ago, I wasn’t quite sure what this season of life would look like… and to be honest, I was nervous. I moved to a new city where I knew very few people, my husband would be working ~80 hours a week, and I decided […]

Sep 14, 2018


The news is officially out & we’re beyond excited! Baby Carnes is… A BOY! I’m already getting all the tips from you boy mamas out there! We welcome them with open arms! So, did you guess correctly? I took a poll on Instagram Stories… and good news: you had a 50/50 chance of guessing right. […]

Aug 8, 2018


how to cultivate a positive mindset in difficult situations

“How are you always so positive?” It was a question one of my followers asked when I did a little “Ask Me Anything” recently on Instagram Stories. I didn’t answer it right away because it took me a moment to think on… especially because in the past I never would have used to call myself […]

Aug 1, 2018


It’s with SO much joy and gratitude that we get to share: Baby Carnes is arriving December 2018! Oh my, we couldn’t be more grateful & singing all the praises! It’s humbling & an honor to get to be this little babe’s mama, and I absolutely can’t wait to see Chip as a dad… and […]

Jun 21, 2018


Medical resident signing for a job as a Urologist in Athens, GA

Well, friends, it’s officially official! If you’ve been following our journey for a while, you know that Chip is a medical resident training to be a Urologist. He is currently finishing out residency year 4 of 5, and we’ve been in conversation with his dream job… And come summer 2019, we will officially be moving […]

Mar 29, 2018


As I was closing out my to-do’s for the year for 2016, I remembered this end of the year post from Dec. 31, 2015. While reading it, I found I was amazed at how much has happened, changed & grown in two years, and even more so in the last year. I even got a little sentimental […]

Jan 1, 2017