baby photography

Cabin Time by Meredith Washburn

Family time....it is some of the best time. And with moving three hours away from my hometown, family time has become a little more scarce (and seemingly more valuable). Recently my family built a pretty sweet cabin at the Giant Goose Ranch, which is a little ways from my hometown. I love spending time there, it's just my cup of tea <3. It is such a cozy and relaxing way to get away from the hustle and bustle of things. Here are some pictures from one of my last visits with my adorable family (special hugs to you, Silas....missing my Colorado pals <3)!

The hardest thing is when your family is in two different places, which often leaves my heart in two different places. Leaving my current St. Louis home to go back to my Illinois hometown to see family often means leaving my husband, who just started his first year of residency. And heading back home to my husband means leaving my family. Taking photos when I am with those I love is one way that helps them always seem close, even when they are hours away <3.

Bland // meet baby Silas by meredith

People always said, "You won't know until you have a child of your own." I get that now. There was a day, when the very thought of changing a diaper & being covered in spit up was my worst nightmare. Not to mention, being "tied down" to a small one, that was ruling our schedule, a gross thought. Let's be clear, that one is still a frequent struggle. However, when I really step back & think about the value, the purpose & the complete honor it is to be given such a gift - goosebumps! In a day of mundane motherhood & adult boredom, I had a wise friend speak beautifully into my circumstance... "Long days, quick years." Meaning, savor every bit of it! As messy as motherhood can be, there is ridiculous beauty in quiet moments with your wee one, the fresh perspective of his first giggle & even the mundane (let's say "simple") routine no mom is aware of, until she inherits the title.

Motherhood is hard, tiring, messy, raw & yet, totally beautiful. It grows you. It exposes your flaws. It demonstrates our need for community. Yet. It makes you love deeper. It makes you fist pump about tiny accomplishments. ALL so your child grows up to love people well. There's no greater accomplishment. This, my friends, this gift of motherhood? There's nothing sweeter.

-Alison Bland

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Kyle + Alyssa | maternity by meredith

Congratulations to two special people on the birth of their first baby girl, Corinne Elayne ♥. It seems like just yesterday we were trekking through melting snow and cold weather taking maternity photographs! I am so excited to meet your little one...I've already seen pictures of her on social media and she is just beautiful. May the Lord continue to bless you both as parents & your new addition to your sweet little family! maternity photography in the snowmaternity photography in the snowmaternity photography in the snowmaternity photography in the snowmaternity photography in the snowmaternity photography in the snowmaternity photography in the snowmaternity photography in the snowmaternity photography in the snowdog in the snowmaternity photography in the snowmaternity photography in the snowmaternity photography in the snowmaternity photography in the snowmaternity photography in the snow