We just had our maternity session with the incredible David Molnar and his lovely wife Tammy (below image that we shot during their family session with their 6 month old son Judah)!
These two are good friends and great photographers that have walked through a lot of life with us over the years. It is such a blessing to know them and to be a part of their lives and to be able to take images of their family and have them do the same for us. We are super excited to share the images they shot of us just a few days ago!
We headed off to one of our favorite locations (our old neighborhood where we used to live before we sold our house) because we know all the little spots with amazing light that has some great memories for us.
This final below image was shot on David’s iPhone. He is an expert iPhonographer and has an amazing book coming out on it very soon!
Thank you all for sharing in this journey with us and for all your encouragement over the last year. Blessings!
(Baby Gray at 36 weeks!)
We are in the home stretch! Cuh-RAY-zee! (Yes, I just turned a two-syllable word into a three :).
We had our 36 week appointment and everything is looking good! However, our little man has turned from the perfect head-down position to posterior (which means his head is still down, but instead of facing my spine he’s facing my stomach), which can mean a longer and not-so-pleasant labor (ever heard of back labor?). Since we area planning to give birth naturally, this is definitely not ideal, so I have been doing exercises to get him to move, and also praying Continue reading
I’m in bed right now and it’s almost 6 am. I’ve been awake and restless since about 4am… It’s quiet moments like this, where I admit my first go-to is to check Instagram and then Facebook (which I rarely check FB). Occasionally I’ll feel our little man stretching out or adjusting his position and I’m reminded that it won’t be too long now that when I wake up in the middle of the night or early morning it will be because our new little one will need us.
We have 8 weeks to go. Holy moly. The time has flown by. At first, time seemed to crawl! We were hoping just to make it past where our first three pregnancies ended and then hoping to make it to 12 and then took forever for the 20 week anomaly & gender ultra sound to get here. Now, we find ourselves at 32 weeks! Ahhhh… Continue reading
I think every marriage should have mentors, counselors – SOME other couple (or person) pouring into their marriage. No individual is perfect, and therefore no marriage is perfect and there will be bumps along the way and things to work out and work through together.
Since early in our marriage, Zach and I have been seeing this amazing couple, Dee & Barbi. Our last session with them we were talking about the birth of our son and the fears and worries of being parents. You know, wanting to be the perfect mom and dad for him and the children that follow (Lord willing) and being afraid of messing them up. Dee & Barbi shared two things that I’ll never forget that I thought I would share here with you all: Continue reading
Yup. I made the leap.
I bought maternity clothes. Maternity PANTS even!
Fitting Room Fun at H&M
I’ve always not been very thrilled with maternity clothes. Something about seeing those pants on the hangar with tons of elastic around the band just isn’t very appealing… talk about not feeling cute! Continue reading
When I first met her in early 2012 it was in a suite at WPPI with a few other women and I thought she was cute and totally gorgeous. As our short meeting went on I learned she was a baby and family photographer and had a love for digging deep into the word. Little did I know of her own personal, heartbreaking journey that she had been suffering through and wrestling with God for the last 6 years.
Some would call it fate. I would call it God’s perfect timing. God brought along Jane Johnson to have her world collide with mine. After our first meeting at WPPI, I had no idea the looming events that would rock my world in the following months and how God would use this remarkable woman to give me the encouragement and faith boost I would need that was the catalyst for God to begin the healing my heart so desperately needed…
These last 3 weeks have been crazy fun and busy between prepping for our latest launch, visiting family, finding a place to live until our new home is completed, starting to pack up our house (bitter/sweet!), and making decisions on our new home (who knew all the little choices to be made with a home!!), BUT the most exciting thing these last few weeks has been feeling Baby Gray moving!!!!
It started out just a little pulse here and there, but the movements and bumps at times get really big (you can see the first time I captured the baby moving on Instagram). It is the funnest thing ever because 1) it’s like confirmation that my gut isn’t getting bigger for no reason (he he ;o) and there’s actually a live, human being in there (we hope, right? Anyone birthed an alien before? ;o) and 2) Zach gets to experience our little babes moving too!!
It’s totally the funnest thing ever.
There are many ways that people cope with grief and loss, and even how they choose to memorialize (if that’s the right word) those who have left them in this world.
Seeing that so many of you have gone through your own loss of a child, I wanted to share with you a charm I came across last year on Etsy that is comforting to wear in remembrance of the kids we lost.
It’s Fathers Day today and it’s crazy to think that Zach is a father of four!! I always said I wouldn’t mind having a bigger family and I guess I’ve got it. It’s going to be one big party when we all get to heaven :) It’s weird to think that this time next year we’ll be celebrating with a 7 month old!
Enjoy the latest baby bump photo of me and our little man taken at 20 weeks.
Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers out there and the fathers to be!
We had our anomaly and gender scan yesterday! I have to admit, Zach and I were both caught off guard!
We are having a boy!
When the technician said our child was most definitely male, the first thing out of my mouth was, “Are you sure?” lol.
It’s crazy to think that we are going to have a son! Continue reading