12.31.16

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We’re ringing in the New Year with a big blessing. The Lord has blessed us with ANOTHER miracle baby.  I just entered my second trimester, which puts baby due around July 7th, 2017 (but Brian’s reeeeallly hoping for a July 4th baby).

It’s kind of a cool redemption story. Rewind 6 years back to our initial vacation to Oregon during July 4th, 2011 (we still lived in Dallas, TX). I was hoping to discover I was pregnant during that trip (5 months after my miscarriage), but alas, I was not… which set us on a path of multiple doctor visits, etc… only to be told we’d need medical assistance due to male factor infertility to ever get pregnant. (Read more about our infertility experience here, here, and here.)  Fast forward 6 years later and we’ve been blessed naturally with Brady AND I’m set to have our second child (first Oregon baby!) almost exactly 6 years later to the day in the same place where I was hoping to receive good news. Crazy what can happen in 6 years… I never imagined we’d live here and that God’s sovereign timing would give us a redemption story with another child.  Prayers for a healthy pregnancy, delivery, and recovery are greatly appreciated. We heard baby’s heart beat at my last appointment, which has to be one of the most beautiful sounds.

Our savior brings glory from ashes.

2016 was a hard year, but of course not without it’s blessings and provisions.  Brian had several job changes (making 1/3 of his previous salary and no benefits) in the midst of going back to school to get his EMT license in order to pursue firefighting- which of course brought lots of uncertainty, but forced me to my knees into a deeper relationship with God; many trips back to Texas for photo shoots, opening my photography studio in January – which has been super great;  the ownership of our rental home changing basically overnight in February; a summer filled with family visiting and adventuring around Oregon (which I still have TONS of images/videos to share); Brady turning 4; Brian being rehired by Seadrill in October 2016 (!!) – which has our family back into our “normal” (yet crazy) groove of him working off shore in the Gulf of Mexico 3 weeks at a time.  It’s a crazy schedule, but it works for us. They say it takes a village, and this year has truly proven that and revealed how blessed we are by friends in our Portland community. I’m sure I’m leaving out a ton, but I’m excited to see what 2017 holds… especially since we’re adding another human to our family!

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10.16.16

It’s been so wonderful watching this sweet little boy grow this year. Here’s his second of three portrait sessions from his FIRST YEAR PORTRAIT COLLECTION, which documents 3 big milestones. Baby Elliot is 8 months at this shoot. Next up, we’ll be doing a cake smash to celebration him turning 1! My goodness, how time flies.  What a beautiful evening  with lovely light that we were blessed with.

We always try to squeeze in some sibling shots with older brother and of course, momma in lots of the shots! Dad was busy working (they just opened up a sandwich franchise so he wasn’t able to be in the shots.) We shot at Elliot’s grandparent’s house so, we included them in some shots, too! What a blessing it’s been serving this family. Enjoy some photos of super cute Elliot! Oh, and aren’t those Pendleton baby blankets the cutest?

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08.08.16

Back in May I made a whirlwind super-packed trip (as usual). I was in one of my childhood friend’s wedding in a small town outside of Houston, I got to see two sides of my family in Katy, I did some Mommy & Me mini sessions on Mother’s day in Katy, and I also made a 36 hour trip to Dallas for a big Day in the Life Storytelling photo session.

These photos are from the very short time Brady and I spent together at my dad’s house. Brady spent a couple days with them while I was in and out of town and had a blast. You know he’s had fun when he’s got several ouchies lol. I wish I could have spent some more downtime with them. Seems like I’m always on the go when we visit Texas.

The first half of the photos are from when my best friend from college and her daughter came over to swim and catch up (quickly). Isn’t she the cutest little thing you’ve ever seen? Don’t mind the fact that she’s allllmost (to the day) HALF my son’s age, but his same size? I love it.  We had a blast and wish we could see them ALL the time, but living in Oregon now makes that a bit difficult. Albeit, we enjoyed hanging out and the kids were so affectionate and sweet with each other. They bonded over food, of course. Snackie 2.0 (FACT: my college nickname was Snackie.)

The second half of images are from some family time… helping PawPaw feed the horses, practicing baseball/softball with Sam and Lisa, etc… We miss our family bunches, but are so grateful for any time we get to spend with them!

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SLLLLLOTH: “HEY YOU GUYYYYSSSS!!” – The Goonies

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