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We had no idea what God had in store for us when we made the trip to Kansas City, MO to stay with this precious couple for a few days while we experienced the prayer room at IHOPKC. We didn’t know that we would be met with the most charming little home, decorated SOOOO cute, fed delicious food, and treated like honored guests. We didn’t know that when we spent hours in the prayer room that God would minister to us so intimately and rework our hearts in ways we have yet to fully understand. We had no idea that just 6 days after returning home that we would lose my father in a tragic accident. I am so thankful that God is in control. I am so thankful that He orchestrates our lives with such perfection that He allows for comfort to begin to come even before we know we need it. I am so thankful that He gave us the connection with this couple who not only welcomed us in their home and life, but bathed us in prayer during a difficult time.

Thank you Caleb and Kaila from the bottom of our hearts!! Hope these (plus the others I am sending you) are exactly what you need to continue to do the Lord’s work in Kansas City and beyond!

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  • May 28, 2015 - 10:39 am

    Kaila Edwards - Kelli! These are great! Thank you so much! You guys are welcome to come visit anytime! We so enjoyed getting to spend time with you and serve you while you were here. Continuing to pray for you. Love y’all!

My husband and I had the honor to travel to Tulsa, OK to shoot this beautiful couple a couple weeks ago! I love the midwest!! This was my first time there and I must say, the people seemed friendlier that they do here in the South…hard to believe! We walked around downtown Tulsa and found some beautiful spots to shoot. Here are a few of my favorites!!

Can’t wait until their Charleston Wedding this October!!!

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This is the first in what I hope to be many posts about things that I am currently experiencing as a wife and mother…or tips to help you in your journey to motherhood or wedding planning. I have learned a lot through the years and by no means am I an expert, but I would love to be able to share what I have gathered and be available for questions. I am blessed to have a client who is now a friend that feels free to text me with newborn/breastfeeding questions…it was from this conversation that I thought I would start the discussion…I am sincere when I say that I love to be a resource for others!! So, please, call, text, email, comment, etc. I am happy to help or to point you in the right direction!

Today, I want to talk about breastfeeding. I am a huge advocate for breastfeeding and I have personally breastfed 2 babies for the first 12 months of their little lives. To say that I love it is an understatement. I really cannot imagine feeding my infant any other way. Now, I realize there are many women who have struggled to be able to breastfeed. Some have done it because they wanted to give their baby the best start, but didn’t really enjoy it…some tried desperately, but for various reasons it just didn’t work out for them due to issues beyond their control. My heart truly goes out to those Mama’s! In no way, is this post to be condemning if breastfeeding was not the option for you…or if you tried and feel like you failed…but, it is a post to share something that I have experienced twice in my own journey (and I anticipate I will again) and also something I have seen in just about every new Mom that I have ever had the privilege to share in their breastfeeding journey.

What I have found is that two of the biggest obstacles that every new Mom must get over at some point during their first few months of breastfeeding are Fear and Doubt. So often, between a mother’s hormone changes, and lots of sleepless nights, and babies growth spurts and unique feeding habits…these two things creep in and begin to wreak havoc on the new Mom. The fear that my baby is not getting enough milk, my milk is making them sick because they spit up a lot…and breastfed babies are not supposed to spit up, my doctor said that I need to supplement, or I can’t get much out when I am pumping. Fear is an enemy to the breastfeeding Mom! Sometimes it is doubt. Doubting whether you can get up again and feed when you are sooooo exhausted, or doubting that this is really worth it…maybe the doubt is whether they are even satisfied with it because they want to eat every hour. All of these things are so very normal in the breastfeeding journey!

You see, breastfeeding is part of the perfect design. We (with, I guess, the rest of the mammals of the world), were given the ability to nourish our babies from our very own bodies. Not only were we created to carry and birth a precious, perfect gift from God, but to feed that little gift until they are ready to start eating on their own. Today, I want to say that whatever thoughts are raging in your head…whether you are on day 1 of nursing your very first infant, or you are nursing your 8th baby…at some point you will have questions and condemnation that will come through your mind trying to discourage you! Reach out to someone for help! There are tons of local resources where you live through your hospital lactation consultants and La Leche League, friends, and (hopefully) your pediatrician’s office. Just make sure they are pro-breastfeeding. Anyone who is not an advocate will often suggest you resort to other measures first…you want encouragement in your goal to breastfeed…not alternatives!
Here are some posts that I love!

Baby Explains normal Newborn Behavior

What Does Baby Weight Loss Mean – Common Misconceptions

The First Month of Breastfeeding

Whole First Year Breastfeeding Guide

This will most likely not be the last breastfeeding post! Hopefully for those of you who are not at this stage in life, you are willing to bear with me. I am looking at posting about situations that I am currently finding myself in…and/or situations that I know my clients may be facing. So, if you have questions or topics that interest you, please let me know. Again…I am happy to help one-on-one too!

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To say I had looked forward to this day for a while is an understatement! I had been pinning and planning all the details…making sure it was just right. I love how it all turned out…and my little sweetie loved it too! I really enjoyed the theme and found lots of fun things to use. I had my crafty cousin make the cupcake holder and it turned out exactly how I wanted it! The fun foods included acorn cookies, haystack nests, mushroom cupcakes, chocolate covered pretzel sticks, veggies, sandwiches, and fruit kabobs. We had birdhouses at the party for the children to paint and take home as a treat too.

We were so blessed with those who came!!

PS…I think the bath pics are my favorite!!

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What an anticipated session this was! Last year, we shot Alex & Jessica’s mountain wedding and immediately fell in love with this couple! I was so excited several months later to hear that they were expecting! Even though they came to our area for a destination wedding from Hartsville, SC they still wanted to keep our relationship going and allow us to be their family photographers too! You honestly do not know what that means to my husband and I! We really love our couples…and to see them turn from husband and wife into father and mother is so incredibly special!

We drove about 6 hours roundtrip for this session, but it was definitely worth it! This little beauty was perfectly squishy and sleepy! Hope you enjoy!!

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