About Meagan

I'm Meagan and I am a writer, wife, and mama based in Duluth, Minnesota.  I get really excited about going on trips (and almost get just as excited about planning them), architecture, seeing people come to know Jesus, remodeling run down houses, and seeing brides and grooms passionately committed to each other.

I am passionate about capturing and preserving peoples' love stories so they can look back together many decades down the road and show their grandkids the day they started their family. It is an honor to be trusted to capture the creation of your  family and create beautiful artwork that will bring you back to one of your very best days.

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AGE

INFP

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myers briggs

# of states visited

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years married

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Fergus Falls, MN

University of MN, Duluth

Duluth, MN

Writing Studies, BA

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Favorite artist:

All Sons & Daughters

fall

favorite season

how we met

My husband, Reed, says he saw me from across the room and knew he was going to marry me. We met at a church I was visiting for my college ministry, and he introduced himself to the group I was with.  He had just gotten in a four wheeling accident so his right hand was broken, and I still remember having to shake his left hand when he introduced himself to me. When I left, he also left and "followed" me. We were driving on a two-laned road, and there were no other cars on it. At a red light, he pulled next to me in his jacked up truck and asked me "how old are you?" (I look young for my age; he says he wanted to make sure I was an adult. Not creepy sounding at all right?). I am not tolerant of strange men following me, asking me my age, or jacked up trucks, but I was immediately comfortable with him. TWO MORE red lights and questions later, and we drove separate ways. 

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my love story

our first date

Reed got my number from a mutual friend and we went on our first date two days later. We went on a walk, sat on a ski lift (pictured -> ), went to each others apartments and met roommates, went to a rock quarry, rented The Notebook from Blockbuster and watched it in a piano room at my college's campus, laid on the hood of my car and looked at stars, and laid in the back of his truck and looked at stars. It (innocently!) lasted for 16 hours, and I got home at 6 am. We have been together ever since. 

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getting engaged

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We were inseparable after our first date, and knew right away we wanted to get married. On April 5, 2012, Reed brought me up the North Shore after class to a beautiful overlook and had a picnic ready for us. I knew something was up because he couldn't stop smiling and didn't want to eat, which is very unusual for him. He had hardly eaten anything when he asked me to go walk with him to the top of the overlook. When we were getting closer he told me to race him, and when we got up there we were looking over Lake Superior, and he told me to turn around and he was on one knee and he had spray painted "Will you marry me Meagan?" on the cliff behind him. I said, "yes", of course, and we spent the rest of the night telling our family and friends!

married

We started planning our wedding right after we got engaged, and planned it all while we were still in school. We got married after being engaged for four and a half months, on August 18, 2012. We had our wedding at  Hermantown Community Church, and had our reception at the Ballroom at UMD. We took a two week road trip (perks of getting married in college: time!) before school started again and stayed in a condo on South Beach in Miami that my uncle graciously gifted us. We road tripped through Savannah, Charleston, and southern plantations and started off our marriage with many adventures including a hurricane, feeling like we were going to get swept away in a flash flood while driving, and being given a free 100$ river boat cruise. 

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The early years

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We were both in our last year of college during our first year of marriage, and I highly recommend it, even though everyone seems to say not to do it. We got to spend all our time together, do homework together, and even save money on tuition because we were married! We went on 4 road trips from Maine to San Diego just in our first year of marriage. After college, we had a huge amount of student debt so we prayed for a well paying job. Reed got a job on the railroad, which is great for paying off debt but terrible if you want to ever see each other. We payed off 65K in less than two years but hardly did anything else during that time. 

the little years

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In January 2015, we found out I was pregnant and Reed worked on finding another job, because we couldn't keep his job on the railroad and have a family. He quit in 2016 and started his own business with his brother, Discount Duluth. In 2016 we bought a house and completely renovated it. In December 2017 we had our second baby, Sophia. 

next chapter

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meet my family

reed

maren

sophia

Husband, daddy,  serial entrepreneur, and my partner in everything. Loves coffee, snowboarding, talking, and adventures without a plan. 

Loves to make funny faces, say big words, and make people laugh. She loves reading books and playing with her little sister. 

Loves to blow bubbles, coo, have conversations with mama, and stare at her big sister. Her favorite thing is cuddling and sleeping with mama. 

I have been to all of the lower 48 states, and although I've flown to some I have also been to all of them by car. Because of this my husband and I put 100,000 miles on our car in 4.5 years. 

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I am a chronic night owl, and no matter how much I try to become a morning person, I always end up going to bed at 1 am. It is so ingrained into me that I somehow trained my toddler to be a night owl as well; she goes to bed at 10 and wakes up at 10 am. I know, it's amazing. 

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I have been doing the Photo-a-Day project since March 31, 2011. The last year or so I have been slacking a bit, but I have enjoyed doing it so much. It is so fun to look back on, almost seven years' worth of daily pictures now. 

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fun facts

I have been to all of the lower 48 states, and although I've flown to some I have also been to all of them by car. Because of this my husband and I put 100,000 miles on our car in 4.5 years. 

one

I am a chronic night owl, and no matter how much I try to become a morning person, I always end up going to bed at 1 am. It is so ingrained into me that I somehow trained my toddler to be a night owl as well; she goes to bed at 10 and wakes up at 10 am. I know, it's amazing. 

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I have been doing the Photo-a-Day project since March 31, 2011. The last year or so I have been slacking a bit, but I have enjoyed doing it so much. It is so fun to look back on, almost seven years' worth of daily pictures now. 

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fun facts

amateur fixer uppers

We're also

We bought a house built in 1888 in 2016 and renovated the entire thing. You can scroll through the pictures to see a few before and afters - there was nasty carpet, cracked walls, windows that hadn't been opened in 30 years (and the house definitely smelled like it) and a kitchen with CUSTOM, homemade laminate 70s countertops. We finished everything and now we are moving on to our next house, a 1970s split level!