What defines beauty? I bet if you asked a dozen people you’d get a different answer from everyone. There is so much beauty in this world around us. What is it that makes you feel beautiful? I’ve got memories tucked away where I’ve been dressed up and have felt beautiful and then certain moments that completely encompassed beauty. Today, I’m sharing a few of my favorites.
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A few that make the list for me…
One would definitely be walking down the aisle to marry my high school sweetheart. I waited so many years for this day! After all the planning, the day was finally here. I got all dolled up, put on my wedding dress, and felt transformed. So many emotions came into play and it was finally time to walk down the aisle to meet my husband. Not a word had to be said, I could simply see it on his face. This day I felt beautiful, from the inside out!
Other times would be when I’ve carried my boys during pregnancy. A growing belly is one of the most beautiful things to me. This may be our last child, so I’m making a point to enjoy all of the joy it brings…the little kicks, dressing this baby bump, and the labor and delivery of our little guy.
The birth of my children empowered me. The birthing process is a messy one but there is nothing more beautiful than a child coming into this world. I’ve had the privilege of being able to bring two little ones into this world. That beauty is indescribable! Something that was once a thought and now has been a part of you as it has grown into this tiny little person. Then they enter the world, take their first breath, and they’re placed on your chest…there’s so much beauty in that moment. Something about being completely vulnerable and exposed while you hold this precious miracle that you’ve created, nothing compares.
Then you watch those babies grow and learn new things in each season of their life. My oldest is almost four and although this age is challenging, the words that come out of his mouth and the power behind them, it melts me to my core. He’s heard his Daddy tell me that I’m beautiful and show me love, and now he is doing the same. Most mornings he’ll climb into bed with us and when I roll over, the first thing he says to me is how beautiful I am. When I’m in the thick of the day and definitely don’t feel like I look beautiful, it’s those little reminders from my son that get me through. Coming from a toddler who is brutally honest and has no filter, these moments are priceless to me.
Date nights with my hubby make me feel beautiful. I take time out for myself and fix my hair, do my makeup, get dressed in something cute, and put on some pretty jewelry for a night out on the town. These little moments we have together are a necessity for us. Life gets hectic and we make a point to give each other undivided attention. We catch up on life, talk about our babies, hold hands, and just slow down. Finding a man who loves me unconditionally and makes me feel beautiful no matter what I look like, I know I’ve hit the jackpot.
Anyone can have outward beauty, but that fades away. I think it’s important to take time for yourself and have a night out with those you love. But what’s far more important is that we find inner beauty. That type of beauty radiates and will far exceed any length of time or circumstance.
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Ashley Houston says
This is beautiful Ashlie! You are stunning ❤️️
Thank you, sweet friend!
Heather Brown says
You are SO beautiful Ash!
Thank you, girl! You’re so kind.
Fawn Rosenbohm says
These are the most stunning Maternity Photos ever. I absolutely love your dress!
Thank you so much! It was definitely my favorite! I hope I can wear it again. LoL!
Thank you, Mama!
Ashley Peavey says
Such a beautiful post!! Loved reading and seeing your amazing photos!
Thank you, girl! :)
You’re gorgeous and those maternity pics are stunning! Loved this post gf!
You’re so sweet! Thank you! :)