I had the honor and privilege of spending time with Kaytlyn, Christian, and Merritt in Waco and document their season of life. We met at the most precious place called homestead heritage, filled with hard working men and women who love Jesus and are passionate about craftsmanship, sustainability, and simplicity. My mom, my Susu, and I decided to make a short weekend trip to Waco after the shoot was scheduled, because why not? After spending time with the Spenners, the plan was to explore Magnolia and downtown Waco. We ended up making our Magnolia memories the next day, because we fell in love with homestead and all of the artisans working there.
We spent the rest of our day exploring the shops, talking to creatives, and embracing their ways of living.
The folks at homestead do life differently than we do, and yet, there was never a sense of judgment or critique. As we explored, we noticed that they loved us just the way we were, and we loved them just the way they were. I think it is an amazing gift that the Body of Christ is filled with many cultures, callings, and traditions, and it is truly everything when we love regardless and pursue unity while celebrating diversity.
I found this so striking.
How often do we, as Christians, get caught up in our own ways and traditions and neglect to see the beauty in others who love the Lord like we do. Furthermore, who are we to take it to the level of judgement?
I left homestead with that takeaway and reminder, and friends, I was incredibly blessed by that truth and had to share it with y'all.
Back to the Spenners!
Kaytlyn and I have been connected on instagram for quite a while now. I noticed she and her family lived and Waco! With my family and I living part time in Dallas, I realized that we were practically neighbors and had to connect. I had been inspired for the longest time by Kaytlyn's creative soul and intentionality in what she shares online. She loves Jesus, loves her family, and pursues healthy living, sustainable habits, and intentionality. She also is a creative and cultivator of beauty with her very own brand, Studio Soleil. She is a vision.
I loved spending time with the three of them and look forward to continue building a precious friendship.
The next day (I am in a storytelling mode today) us girls woke up at hotel 1928, Chip and Jo's newest project. It was absolutely unreal and such a blessing to experience it. Waco is a town being revitalized day by day and is filled with so many creatives, including the iconic Chip and Joanna Gaines who we all know and adore. Hospitality, love, and art were things seen down to the very most intricate of details in the hotel. That morning, we explored the Silos, also filled with inspiration. I am so thankful for my mom and Susu and the intergenerational strength and bonds between us. I am honored to be a part of a family with such strong, faithful, and loving women who are so connected. It is one of the greatest gifts that carries into eternity.