3 Reasons August 9th is a Pretty Big Deal Around Here

August 9, 2013 is a significant day in our family. Here’s why.

Reason #1:  Five Years of Me and Nathan

5 years ago today, while celebrating my nephew Sam‘s 1st birthday, my mom took the first photo of me and Nathan together. Here we are, looking like spring chickens and sporting tan lines from floating in the pool with margaritas all summer while we fell in love.

Nathan and Holly's First Picture Together, August 9, 2008

Our First Picture Together, August 9, 2008 (Photo Credit: Sonia Baumann)

Of course, we had no idea all that would unfold for us back then. What an adventure! Together, we’ve gotten married, we’ve lived in 4 states, traveled around the US and Europe, started two businesses, changed careers twice, and added a dog and a son to the family. Quite a beginning! Famous, I love you more than not moving for a whole year.

Reason #2:  The Day That Should Have Been Our Son’s 1st Birthday

August 9, 2012, was Rawley’s original due date. Instead, he was born May 23, and by the time my August 9 rolled around, he had spent 62 days in the NICU and been home for two weeks! Here is Rawley on his birthday, on August 9, 2012, and today:

Our son, Rawley, at birth under jaundice lights, on his original due date, and a year later. (We don't always keep his eyes covered...promise.)

Our son, Rawley, at birth under jaundice lights, on his original due date, and a year later. (We don’t always keep his eyes covered…promise.) iPhone 4/5

Reason #3:  Sam Turns 6 Years Old!

Today, August 9, 2013, my nephew Sam, whom Nathan and I can thank for our first photo, turns 6! We are sending our love to him in AZ, wishing we could be there with him (and Hannah, his big sister). Here are Hannah and Sam, loving on Rawley on his first birthday in May:

20130523_Family_RawleywithCousins-1Missing all of our Arizona family, but also counting our blessings today.

With love and gratitude…



About Mosaic Collective, LLC

I am Holly Baumann Ambuehl, founding member of Mosaic Collective, LLC, which was founded in early 2017 and is based in Central Illinois. I own and operate Mosaic Collective with my partner in business and life, my husband, Nathan. Mosaic Collective, LLC houses our rental property, my consulting contracts (with the nonprofit and public sectors on various work), and also my commercial and portrait photography business, which has been doing business as Holly Baumann Photography since 2008 long before the formation of our LLC. My blog posts feature client work, but I just love to write, so I also write about owning a business, food and drink, travel, and sometimes, my personal life! I am always honored when clients trust me to capture their vision, and equally so when my readers converse with me about what I've photographed or expressed here. I hope we'll have an opportunity to collaborate professionally and/or become friends. I'd love to hear what you think! - Holly
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