Embracing Messiness
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Welcome to Embracing Messiness!

This blog is about our life, my favorite looks and products, & chasing my husband's dream through the NFL!

 SCHYNE Photography

SCHYNE Photography

I started Embracing Messiness in the Spring of 2014, after publishing As I Am and Scaling Life in 2011 and 2013, respectively.

This website is about our life- from football dreams and career, to travels, parenthood, and everything in between. It's a platform for us to share our seasons and happenings with you and to also encourage all of the boys who have our same dream of playing in the NFL.

It's a place of honesty- a place where we tell you how it is and what it's like to play in the NFL.

We've been so blessed and we are so grateful to share our lives with you. We are always here to cheer you on, pick you up, and pat you on the back whenever you're feeling down. Chasing the NFL was, and is continuously, the hardest thing we've ever down, but it's definitely been the most rewarding, too.

This is our story of embracing life’s uncertainties, trusting God’s plan and loving every moment we’re given.

We hope to inspire you, to show you how to never give up- that no struggle is too hard to overcome and no dream is too big.


At times it’s hard, most of the time it’s fun- it’s ours. Our love story full of messiness- so buckle up and embrace the mess with us!


You can learn more about us individually here!


 SCHYNE Photography

SCHYNE Photography

Hi friends,

I'm Brandie, and I'll be the main voice behind Embracing Messiness!

I'm a new mama, lover of pink, living room dance parties with our black lab, Sophie, and traveling! I'm an undercover book worm and collector of pretty mugs. I spend most of my time barefoot and have a love for Texas Country and Miranda Lambert. I love my family, driving down backroads, and dream of the day I live on a farm out in the country!

I'm a writer and the owner of Bourbon Oak Tree Photography & Films and love capturing life's sweetest moments with my camera! I specialize in birth story photography and wedding and product films. I love capturing our family's moments but there is nothing more special to me than having our family pictures taken by some of my favorite photographers.


When I'm not traveling with Pat for football I'm most likely snuggled up in my favorite blanket, drinking coffee or hot tea, and working at my desk. And when I'm not working I'm spending time with my family and friends or outside!

You can follow me personally on Instagram and Snapchat at @c_brandie!

 Cottonwood Road Photography

Cottonwood Road Photography

Pat is my handsome, goofy husband.

He is always on the hunt to make me laugh, and has an infectious personality that can light up a room. He is infamous for breaking out in dance and is continuously up beat and positive.

He's so humble, down to Earth, and treats everyone he meets with so much kindness it could melt my heart.

Currently he plays for the Chicago Bears so we spend our offseasons in Texas and football seasons in Chicago. I love that we're able to have the best of both climates between the two cities. We get to enjoy the warmth of Texas springs and summers, but the fall and winter seasons while we're in Illinois.



 Cottonwood Road Photography

Cottonwood Road Photography

We have been married for four years and are parents to the sweetest baby girl, the cutest black lab, Sophie, and two terrors of cats who make multiple guest appearances throughout our social media accounts. We love spending our off seasons traveling to new places, relaxing together at home, and enjoying our down time with our closest friends and family members.