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two years…

“Love is not a place to come and go as we please,

It’s a house we enter in and then commit to never leave.”

Warren Barfield — Love Is Not A Fight


Two years ago yesterday, we got up, got Jack off to school, and then you left for work. And for the first time, I didn’t. I stayed home and worked. I texted you every 20 minutes saying I was crazy for having quit my “Big Girl” job, and that I could certainly call my editor and get my desk in the newsroom back. You told me to stop texting and get to work, because there was a lot to be done.

We didn’t know it then, but about a year later, we’d wake up and walk to the office together, and you’d tell me we were crazy for walking away from your “Grown Up” job and thinking McGowan Images could support a family of four. I told you to stop worrying and get to work, because there was a lot to be done.

We did it. Against all odds and prophecy, we did it. And if bookings for 2012 are any indication, we’re going to keep doing it. Because you were brave enough to dream with me, and brave enough to jump out on faith when God called us to.

Two years ago, I went to work in my pajamas for the first time, and with you at my side, I’ve never looked back.

Let’s keep doing this, ok? I like this. And there’s a lot to be done.



  1. grom says:

    This made me cry for happy. Love you both sooooooo much

  2. Ambo says:

    CONGRATS guys!!! You did it! And I know ya’ll are gonna keep at it for years and years to come! I’m so proud of you guys and so happy that I’ve got to be there along the journey thus far. You guys mean the world to so many people, but especially you mean the world to me. You guys are awesome!

  3. Amber says:

    Congrats to both of you, you two definitely deserve all of the greatness you have coming your way!!

  4. Mary Marantz says:

    Love it!!! Soooo proud of you guys!! xoxoxox

  5. Tiffany says:

    Love this. Reading it gave me a little lump in my throat. You’re certainly braver than I – the thought of working for myself would scare the beejezus out of me! (I’m not a very demanding boss). Congratulations you two! I remember when this was in the baby stages – and you’ve surprised and amazed me with what you’ve done in two years! But don’t get too fancy for the little people when you’re all rich and famous and stuff. Or… more rich and more famous, I should say!

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  7. Mike says:

    Y’all are my inspiration. Love you guys!!! P.S. Chelsea – you are totally ROCKING those boots! 😀

  8. Angela says:

    Yes I love those boots!!! I want some!! Can you tell me where you got them pretty please??

  9. Erica McNair says:

    You two are such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your life, love, and art with the world! 🙂

  10. Annie says:

    Chels, I could not be more proud of you. You set your mind to it and you did it. I love you!

  11. Melissa says:

    We live in an Energy Field of Dreams, if you build it in your mind, focus on seeing it, and take action, the success will come! Love you, M

  12. Abby says:

    yes, please keep doing this- I’m going to need you two one day 🙂 and I might need those suhweet boots too!

  13. Liesa says:

    I don’t know how I missed this! It is beautiful and I am so flipping proud of you two! I kind of teared (also for happy)! You have a beautiful story together and you’re telling it more vividly each day!

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