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My Maternity Photos by the one and only Tanja Lippert

Last summer I spent the day with my good friends, photographer Tanja Lippert and stylist Tia Reagan for one of their workshops. Maria and I had ended up staying a while after the workshop and we all got to talking. Days prior I had suffered my 3rd loss and that quickly became the topic of discussion. After pouring my heart out and leaning on everyone for ways to cope, the ladies suggested we all unite in prayer. While I am not an avid church goer, I do have faith and have to admit that I had often questioned God for my recent misfortunes. We gathered in a circle, held hands, bowed our heads and prayed while I wept. I have to say that this was a very emotional experience for me and all I could think about is fortunate I am to have this circle of friends in my life. I will forever remember the moment we all shared and know that my tears were heard.

A little over a month later Scott and I were pregnant again with the help of IUI, an amazing doctor and lots of faith. This time it actually stuck and seven and a half month later I'm ready to debut the belly we had worked so hard for. I am a huge fan of Tanja's work and who better than her and Tia to do my maternity shoot?

I have wanted to be a mother since I was a young child, but it's because of the journey that I have been on to get here that has given me a better appreciation for what a miracle life truly is. I can't believe how lucky I am to have such a supportive and caring set of family, friends and the most amazing husband I could have ever asked for. With just a week left until our due date, I can't express what a joy this experience has been. While yes, I'm uncomfortable, my back aches, I can hardly sleep or bend over, I wouldn't trade this feeling for anything. Feeling this little one move around inside me brings a smile to my face and I can't believe I am so close to meeting her! A huge thank you to Tanja and Tia for not just documenting the most incredible time in my life but also for your friendship, I am forever grateful for this gift. These images may show more than some would post, but I think they are amazing and celebrate the beauty and excitement of a very proud and thankful mother to be. I hope you enjoy!

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