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the whitten family: maternity || abilene, tx

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the whitten family: maternity || abilene, tx

This beautiful family is so special to me. Not only are John and Elya our pastor + pastor’s wife, but our friends. John did our wedding and premarital counseling, not only because he happened to be our pastor, but because we look up to him and his wife, as individuals and as a unit. As someone pursuing a call to pastor, I’m inspired and challenged by the way the Whitten family prioritizes the health and closeness of their family, but still invests deeply and intentionally in their church family and community.

A pastor and their family do not solely define a church, but they set the tone and atmosphere, and lead the church into the kind of community they will be. After spending all of our time as undergraduate students struggling to find a community and church to call home and a place that felt safe to be vulnerable and invest in, it has been the very best two years of feeling welcomed, affirmed, included and at home. This is no small gift, and leaves us loving our church and feeling forever thankful to the Whittens for fostering an environment that is a warm, challenging and encouraging home to so many.

These are such good people. I’m honored to know this family, and I cannot wait to meet their sweet new little one in just a couple weeks!

scroll + enjoy. 

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halcie + john || houston, tx

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halcie + john || houston, tx

Isn't it crazy when you're finally at that place in life...the place that once upon a time little girl versions of you and your bestie spent talking about and dreaming about and hoping for... AND SUDDENLY YOU'RE LIVING IT.

That's young adulthood for ya! The soulmates meet, the dream jobs become reality, and...

THE BABIES START TO COME.

You guys, life is good these days. Not only is my marriage the bestiest-best, most actually-study-and-get-an-A-kind-of-rewarding, got-my-acceptance-letter-to-Hogwarts-kind-of-exciting, favorite-throw-blanket-kind-of-comfy thing of ever, BUT allllllll my favorite people are chasing big dreams, changing the world, falling in love, and bringing my absolute favorite things of all time into the world: soft, squishy, cooing littles.

I met Halcie when we were 15. We laughed and chattered and misadventured our way through our teenage years, and regardless of distance [whoever put Houston and Abilene so far apart was not thinking things through...] have rejoiced with and comforted each other through the seasons life has brought. And boy, am I honored to get to be her friend. This [ridiculously] gorrrrgggeeeouusss girl I love with all my heart is not only insanely fit, beyond talented artistically + musically, deeply compassionate and fiercely faithful to Jesus, but she introduced me to coffee and running, sooooo, obviously I'll love her forever.

The life her and her husband, John, have built together is so. solidly. GOOD. They have fostered a home and community filled with love and kindness and joy... And getting to experience all of this sweet expectation and seeing my friend with this I'm-going-to-be-a-mommy-glow has just been the BEST.

...and I've basically worked myself into a soppy, allllll the feels, uhhhhh-I-love-my-friend, the-sweet-blessings-are-all-so-super-great little meltdown.... so here's some photos of my very favorite mama and daddy-to-be for you... Imma go work through these happy cries.

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beckett: birth story || abilene, tx

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beckett: birth story || abilene, tx

oh, wow. where to even start.

beckett's was the first birth I've ever seen or shot. to say it was life-changing could not even begin to describe the amazing, sacred thing the whole experience was. 

one of the truest aspects of who I am is the mama in me. I don't know how or when it will happen, but I do know that one way or another, someday I am going to be someone's mom. there is nothing I want or feel more called to in the world. 

the honor of seeing and documenting someone become a mother and a father and of pure, beautiful life being brought into this world is one of the greatest things I've ever experienced. the hushed awe of everyone in the room. the nurses' quiet murmurs of encouragement. the excitement and anticipation in mom's eyes even through labor. dad whispering, "you're doing it! oh wow, honey! you're giving us our baby!"

I was shaking. I was crying. I was hoping against hope my shots would be sharp, because I couldn't clearly see a thing. 

what a precious, miraculous thing. 

scroll + be touched. xoxo

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