Jodie+David

Alright y’all, if you still do not know, I am one out of five girls.

That’s right.

Five.

I have blogged about Ginni(she had to go and be all unique with her name), Jill, and Joy.

The eldest is Jodie.

Hans and I finally got to photograph her. And my brother-in-law, David!

They came to visit Khang and I here in Charlotte–the firsts from our immediate families! Of course, she and I did not want to miss the opportunity to do a little photo sesh.

Just some background info, they have been together for over 17 years.

It’s absolutely crazy to think about…I mean, I was like 11 when they started dating!?

I’m not one to put a huge emphasis on the number of years, but during the photoshoot, I felt like they had their own silent language.

With a slight eye squint and subtle smirk, it looked like an entire conversation occurred within mere seconds.

But I guess that’s what happens when you’re so in tune with someone.

I had to look away a few times because it felt intimate and private.

When I looked through their scans, it was very evident what I saw that day wasn’t just in my head.

Just scroll down and you’ll see.

We started our beautiful morning at Bryant Park.

Looking so dapper!

A quick outfit change and we were off to Freedom Park.

At first, I was upset with myself with the light. But I soon realized it forced me to filter through, refocus and allowed me to take in her beauty shadow by shadow.

It’s she just gorgeous?! I always thought so.
These next few shots had me in a daze for a good week.

Light was perfect.

Weather was perfect.

They are perfect.

And even after 17 years, their love looks brand spanking new.

And while we are on this topic of “new”. I can honestly say it feels like there is a big shift happening in their relationship.

I loved hearing all about their future plans together and I’ve never seen or heard my sister look or sound so determine and excited for change. 

Change is so so good.

It makes these photos mean more that I was able to give to them.

Look at the light reflecting off of her eyelashes! Gosh, Hans never seizes to amaze me with what he captures.

Jodie shared with me that she likes to sway for David whenever she gets all dolled-up, so we sweetly ended with that.

Thank you to Chi Jodie and Anh David for allowing me to capture a glimpse of your love. We loved having y’all here and welcome you back anytime!

Love you both so very much and I cannot wait to see what God has planned for you two.

As always, thank you for reading and following along

with me,

Jules.

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Charlotte Winter Wonderland

Our very first snow. 

It’s special like a “first kiss”…you’ll always remember it.

And how sweet both experiences have been with Khang.

I didn’t think the snow would ever come. I kept my hopes down, but when work was cancelled that Tuesday morning, I couldn’t contain my excitement.

With the blinds drawn up, I patiently laid in bed. Then found myself dozing off when Khang suddenly texted me, “It’s snowing”. I jumped out of bed and sure enough there it was falling from the sky…SNOW!!

I excitedly ran downstairs, jumping up and down silently with my hands waving in the air as I mouthed “SNOW” to Khang multiple times while he was on a conference call.

He did not know what to do with me. Hah!

My favorite part of the day was running around in circles in our backyard and just giggling to myself as my boots sank into the soft fluffy snow with each step. Such joy. 

This is living. 

As always, Khang, thank you for indulging me in my neverending uncontrollable emotions. You’re the best.

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Home sweet home

It’s been awhile, m’friends.

I had every intention to blog the last two months, but life got the best of me.

Khang and I did it.

We freakin’ finally did it.

We move to Charlotte, North Carolina AND purchased our very first house.

After 27 years, another place beside my parents’ house, actually feels like

Home.

Y’all, it’s mind-blowing to me!

I still remember the countless phone calls every night throughout high school, college, our first year apart in different states… talking past the moon, well into dawn planning and dreaming our future together.

Of course some plans have changed over the years, but what remains constant is that the future has and will always include

Us.

I remember wishing I could fast-forward into time so many times.

But our hard work and sacrifices have been beyond worth it.

The journey has been priceless.

But nothing prepared me for the sense of pride in me, Khang, and

Us.

I’ve slowed down certain moments so they’re closely tucked away in my mind…

Khang’s smile in my hands the first time we walked through our house together,

my first nap in the house after cleaning it from top to bottom,

our first time dancing to our wedding song in our house,

just to reminisce a few…

I stand in wonder at all what’s in store for this house and the memories it’ll be filled with for years to come.

For those who don’t know, we were both born and raised in good ole’ Mississippi, where roots are deeply planted.

People don’t usually move far away.

But Khang and I, well we have always known we wanted to live somewhere different from our upbringings.

That’s not to say I’m not proud, I boastfully declare where I’m from each time asked and even when I’m not.

If you haven’t figured already, we’re simply eager to explore different lands with different people.

What better time than now?

Who knows, we might decide later on that it absolutely sucks.

And that’s okay. But we want to discover and figure all that out on our own.

So when Khang applied for a new job position within his company and GOT IT…it just seemed like the right time and place.

Driving 2 to 3 hours in any direction from Charlotte and finding ourselves at the beach, near a lake, or even up in the Smokey Mountains seems pretty crazy wonderful to us.

Never short of a new adventure, I am so excited for this next journey together.

I know it’s going to push us and challenge our marriage in incredible ways we never thought possible.

And I just can’t wait for it all. All of it.

I mean it took us over 30 minutes the other day to install our first set of blinds. Ha.

So hang tight y’all.

Thanks for reading and following along

with me,

Jules.

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