The Morans at Home || Fargo ND Lifestyle Family Photographer

Present is living with your feet firmly grounded in reality, pale and uncertain as it may seem. Present is choosing to believe that your own life is worth investing deeply in, instead of waiting for some rare miracle or fairytale. Present means we understand that the here and now is sacred, sacramental, threaded through with divinity even in its plainness. Especially in its plainness.

— Shauna Niequist

There are some families that inspire you…

There are many reasons that the Morans are inspiring to me – Mike’s co-founding of 20BelowCoffee, Danae’s years of working in global anti-trafficking efforts at Unseen, and their adorable hipster style. Yet above any accomplishments or surface-level attributes, they inspire me at a much deeper level. The Morans have chosen to live their lives with a level of intention and grace that is countercultural and truly beautiful.

It’s been a joy to watch them the last several years – to learn from all the little conversations and to see all their small decisions that make up their life. Danae has been a mentor and source of guidance in my own personal and professional life. And while she’s said many things to me that have continued to shape me, the way that she lives has been the loudest message.

Together, Mike and Danae made the decision this fall for Danae to stay home with Audrey, their sweet one-year-old daughter (who I believe to be the cutest baby in all of Fargo). While Danae is still writing and on the team at 20Below, she’s cultivating a slower life of investing in the daily details of home life. Watching her walk away from the busy in pursuit of the important has been deeply inspiring.

It was an honor to get to crash a Sunday afternoon filled with French press and cuddles and avocados. Without any more delay, here are the Morans in their element – music playing, coffee brewing, Audrey smiling.

How we live matters, and what you choose to own will shape your life, whether you choose to admit it or not. Let’s live lightly, freely, courageously, surrounded only by what brings joy, simplicity, and beauty.

— Shauna Niequist

But this is what I’m finding, in glimpses and flashes: this is it. This is it, in the best possible way. That thing I’m waiting for, that adventure, that move-score-worthy experience unfolding gracefully. This is it. Normal, daily life ticking by on our streets and sidewalks, in our houses and apartments, in our beds and at our dinner tables, in our dreams and prayers and fights and secrets – this pedestrian life is the most precious thing any of use will ever experience.

— Shauna Niequist

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