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We finally heard the rain on our roof this week, and I’m incredibly grateful. I hope it is a sign of more to come. For the past three months, we’ve been in a drought in Western NC, and the mountains have taken a beating. Our beautiful fall color was quickly swept away, and the fires have been burning for months. Even though we don’t see the flames, the smoke overwhelms the air, reminding us of its damage on a daily basis.

Tori and Cameron visited Asheville for their engagement photos early this fall, probably on the last truly wet day in the mountains. Thankfully, they didn’t mind the windy thunderstorm, and we had a wonderful time dancing around in the rain.

 

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Brianna, Josh, and Emery drove all the way from Detroit to meet me at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes for their engagement session. Brianna had the vision of incorporating the incredible dunes that line the coast of Michigan, and Silver Lake was a perfect location!

We spent the first part of our session with their sweet daughter, Emery. After, we hiked up and down rolling dunes without an end in sight. There were times that I forgot we were in Michigan; instead, I felt like we were in the desert. It was a warm summer evening, and I proposed jumping in the lake to cool off before their long drive home. I barely finished the sentence before we were running to the lake, chasing the last traces of sunlight, and splashing in the water like children.

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I can’t believe this little babe will be here in a little over a month! There were months in pregnancy that flew by and other days that seemed like I would be pregnant forever. We prayed a lot over this time in our lives, and I’m so grateful to the LORD that I’ve had a relatively easy pregnancy so far. I’m at the fun, uncomfortable third trimester (34 weeks to be exact), but I also love feeling the baby move significantly more in this season.

In birth class we learned that babies remember books and songs that they’ve heard in the womb. We were encouraged to read a book or sing a song daily to foster our relationship and generate a comfortable sound when he/she is out in the world. Singing to this baby with Brendan every night is one of my favorite routines.

Since I’m caught up with editing and mostly wrapped up with work for 2016, I’ve been in hyper nesting mode. We spent all week working on the nursery and finishing up rooms in our house. Our to-do list is never ending, but I know we’re rapidly approaching a season of simplicity. I’m a busybody at heart, yet I’m looking forward to the next few months of snuggling with this baby before wedding season begins again.

Super special thanks to our dear friend, Elizabeth, with Almond Leaf Studios for capturing these.

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Michelle is an incredible photographer in Charlotte, but she ventured out to Asheville for her headshots. She has an incredible energy and the biggest laugh, which is a part of her adventurous spirit that I wanted to capture. We spent a lot of our time at Black Balsam dancing around to Beyoncé and running around the woods. It was a lovely fall day.

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