Amber Dawkins

Amber Dawkins
Amber loves jellybeans, morning snuggles, and new adventures. Personality tests peg her as 93% extroverted. She loves to write, but most of the time, you’ll find her behind her camera lens. Amber left her teaching position in 2016 to turn her passion into a full time photography career. She now spends time photographing homes for real estate agents, updating headshots, freelancing for local magazines, and creating branding imagery for businesses by capturing their spaces, products, people, and processes. She also does portrait sessions for families, children, and high school seniors. Amber recently got married in a small pandemic friendly wedding. As mama to one and stepmama to four, she thrives on the happy chaos of a large, blended family. Amber lives with both Cystic Fibrosis and CF Related Diabetes and thanks God daily for His blessings and the medical advances that continue to keep her as healthy as possible.
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Theme Dates: Going Beyond Dinner and A Movie

I have nothing against dinner and a movie. It’s a solid plan for a night out and has earned its reputation as the go-to classic date with good reason. However, I think many of...

I Might Be Pepa: Encanto Inspired Self-Reflection

Encanto has been a popular topic of conversation around our house lately. Most of us have seen the movie multiple times. We watch Encanto YouTube videos (my son loves the Disney Music VEVO version...
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American Ninja Warrior Mom

When was the last time you heard unexpected good news? 2020 has been the year of the unexpected, but unfortunately, most of it hasn’t been good. I’m not going to run down the list...

The Playground Workout

Oliver was no more than six months old when I took him to his first playground. He sat like a sack of potatoes in the baby swing and eventually cracked a little smile for...

Beat the Heat at Superkidz Club

Seriously… a heat index of 107 degrees with 99% humidity for the fourth day in a row!? Not that long ago, Wednesdays were synonymous with snow days and we were all longing for the...

It’s Fun to Sweat at the YMCA

I've never been the kind to get super excited about walking on a treadmill to stay fit. However, if I were to be enticed by the bluetooth and WiFi capabilities of the Matrix treadmills...

To the People I Pray Will Never Raise My Child

We've been thinking about guardianship for our sweet son, should anything ever happen us. We have discussed our family options, but our parents are aging, and we would like to see our little boy...

For the Child Who Loves Music (and the Mom Who Loves Alone Time)

The Birdhouse Song By Oliver, age 3.5 Accompanied by some beautiful guitar strumming The trees are falling And I don’t know why we can’t go home The light switch is broken And the piano is playing The heart is broken...

My Wedding Ring: The Indentation is Gone, but the Impact Remains

It’s been 530 days since I took my wedding ring off, closed it in the nightstand drawer, and cried myself to sleep. That white gold band with a solitaire marquis cut diamond sat on...

Strength in My Socks

When my husband left, my friends and family surrounded me with a level of love and support that still brings tears to my eyes. I woke up to supportive texts almost every morning. I...

LULA: Smarter Home Services (and Bringers of Baseboard Bliss)

I was 8 months into a very high-risk pregnancy, awkwardly sitting on my couch as my sister-in-law cleaned my entire house, top to bottom. It had been so hard to accept her incredibly selfless...

To the Mom Whose Husband Just Walked Out

You are reeling; your future just shattered right before your eyes. It’s OK to cry. Cry hard. Sob on the kitchen floor until no sound comes out. Cry when you wake up alone in...

Therapy Isn’t a Bad Word

“Would you like to schedule another session?” The words caught me off-guard. The change was almost imperceptible, but it was there. A key word was missing from her usual question: WHEN. “When would you...

Adventures in Bucket-Listing

I was living a textbook life. I was raised in a conservative church, met my husband in the youth group and married him at 19. I finished my education degree and spent several years...
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Strong as Steel

I can do a pull up. A full, real deal, no-cheats pull up. It took me 32 years, one Amazon Prime pull up bar order, and a final decision to train for American Ninja...
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