Home.

Disclaimer: This might be the most vulnerable and intimate work I've ever shared. I was inspired by the thing most people like to keep hidden away...MESS. As a stay/work at home mom, wife, family chef, domestic zookeeper, and on rare occasion a housekeeper, my life is usually pretty chaotic. I've come to terms with the fact that I will never live a minimalist lifestyle. I will never have everything organized. I will never have one of those houses you see on Instagram that are perfectly designed and beam with clean lines of nearly empty bookshelves or have whatever area rug everyone says I should have this season. 

Instead of sitting on the couch and letting the idea of what I am not get to me, I decided to embrace what I am and find the beauty of this lived-in life we live. Toys on the floor, animals everywhere, and always letting Audrey mix her mac & cheese just like my mom did for me. Having a mother like her is one of the top greatest things that has ever happened to me. She never got angry when the noodles would splash on the floor or if we knocked over a cup on accident (for the third time probably). Our home looked about the same as mine does now, totally full of memories and life happening. 

As I stare at these photographs, my heart is bursting. Remembering all those times as a little girl dreaming about the husband I would marry and the kids I would have, it's here. These are all the things I imagined. The man that unconditionally loves us despite the fact that his flat file is now covered in stickers. The child that is just like me, 'tude and all. The floor covered with pillows and crayons. Yet best of all, a kitchen floor sprinkled with the remains of a mac & cheese lunch created by a 3 year old. 

This is HOME.

 

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Amanda Gallagher