Isaiah

Being brave with our stories invites others to share their stories too. These friends have been brave with their story of infertility and loss. They have wrestled with all the questions that come from the wait. But only God knows why we are made to wait. And only He knows who we are waiting for. It turns out that Mike and Lois were waiting for Isaiah. The call came, they said yes, and now they are all home. Welcome Isaiah!

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Asher

So much of the heartbreak in my story can also be found in theirs. It’s one of the reasons I feel such an affection for them. Our friendship is new but feels seasoned. And receiving the news that they were headed to meet their son made my heart explode. Welcome home Asher. We’re so thrilled to have you here!

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Charlie

My family is recovering from a long and exhausting season of loss. So the arrival of our newest member brings joy in the midst of sorrow. He arrived two weeks ahead of schedule, but really, he was right on time.

I had been invited to be in the delivery room for his birth. The sister in me wanted to be there to support my sister at this precious time. The photographer in me wanted to be there to capture the intimacy of the labor. And the mama in me wanted to be there to experience the miracle of delivering a baby. Not knowing if I will ever get to deliver a baby of my own, it was a gift to be present for the birth of this nephew of mine.

Tanner made it look easy and Charlie made a fast entry into the world. It was amazing.

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After two days in the hospital, Charlie got to go home to meet his big brother.

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Peterson, party of 4 🙂

The Anderson Family

Leslie loves to tell the story of when we first met. We lived on the same hall in a freshman dorm and she invited me to watch a movie with her and her roommate. And I didn’t go. In looking back, I guess our friendship could have ended there before it even began. But Leslie didn’t give up on me – the girl who blew off her invitation. By the end of that freshman year, Leslie was one of the people I had most enjoyed getting to know.

Now, 14 years later, my friendship with Leslie is one of my most cherished. We’ve seen each other through heartbreaks and loss, through countless jobs and transitions. We’ve lived together, traveled together, and we’ve had the honor of standing beside each other as we each said ‘I do’.

Leslie and her husband Mark recently welcomed their second baby. And they were kind enough to move to the Carolinas before doing so. I’m ecstatic to have one of my best friends living close enough for me to visit any time I want. And I’m so grateful to have gotten the chance to take these pictures of their precious family. Love you Andersons!

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Thomas

When his mom asked if I was interested in watching him a few days a week, I never imagined what a gift it would be. What a gift he would be. I have loved our year together and will miss our weekly visits. This little man has a really special place in my heart!

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Nolan

It seems there’s no amount of planning or preparation that can completely equip you for becoming a parent. You can draw up a birthing plan and furnish a nursery and read parenting books, but ultimately babies are full of surprises.

Ten days before his due date, Nolan surprised everyone with his arrival. Turns out this little guy was doing things his way and on his schedule. He must have his mama’s determination.

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Stiling Twins

Brittany always said she had a good chance of having twins. They run in the family. Last October, she and Danny welcomed their little nuggets into the world. There are twice as many diapers to change and twice as many mouths to feed. But there is twice as much joy and twice as much love. It’s definitely double the fun with these two.

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