“Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” ~Elizabeth Stone
I first became aware of this quote through my dear friend Jenn. It is one that she references often. This morning as I thought on how to start this post, I kept coming back to it. Allen and I have been together for a long time. There are a lot of milestones that represent our life together. But we would both agree the best thing we have ever done together is to decide forever to have our hearts go walking around outside our bodies — in March 2011, we had a baby. Through the struggles and hardships that came to us as first time parents, our daughter is by far the greatest joy we have had in life. Our blessings are immeasurable. We knew wanted to grow our family, but weren’t sure of the timing. As it would be, it was ultimately not up to us. This summer the Lord blessed us with a new life and the surprise that we are expecting another baby. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome another baby girl into our family this February!
I was not as fortunate this time around and suffered through some hard weeks of sickness. Let me just say, shooting weddings in the heat/humidity of the Alabama summer while battling raging nausea is not for the weary. I have been reminded over and over of the toll it takes on your body to grow a little life and am doing my best to take it easy. I am only taking a limited number of sessions this fall and will likely take an extended maternity leave in the spring. It is all still up in the air as Allen and I have yet to work out the details of my time away. I’ll definitely keep you posted!
As always a HUGE thank you to my friend Wynter for taking these shots for us yesterday.