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Nick + Hanna // Maternity Session

I’m not sure when I first met Hanna. It seems like I just turned around one day and there she was, right by my side. We’ve weathered some great times and some terrible storms together. I’ll never forget the joy of moving into our very first place on our own – the college dorms at Texas A&M University. She was the best of roommates. She’s one of the sweetest, most caring, thoughtful, driven and beautiful people I’ve ever known. I am so thankful that we became friends in high school and that years later, we’re enjoying new seasons of life that our little high school selves could never have imagined.

Three years ago, I had the privilege of watching this girl marry the love of her life, our high school classmate, Nick. Hanna was the second of my closest friends to be married. The night was perfect with her family’s Ukranian traditions sprinkled throughout the wedding ceremony and reception. They are wonderful friends to both celebrate and to celebrate with. It’s been a joy these past several years to watch them love and support each other.

The birth of their marriage was a new beginning for them and just a tiny step in leading us to today – Hanna’s pregnancy. I can’t imagine a better set of parents for a little boy. Andrew is extra lucky with the jackpot of getting to call these two Mommy and Daddy. Andrew’s been with us for a little while now, even though I’m just now posting these maternity photos. Hanna is definitely a natural and is glowing in her new role as a mother. Baby Andrew is adorable as can be.

A Prayer for this New Family

God, I pray for baby Andrew to grow into a courageous, daring man of God after your own heart. I pray that as he grows and life changes with him, that he will be grounded in you. Lord, I pray that when seas are calm, he will know he is by your side and on the days and seasons where the seas are more tumultuous, I pray that he will know that you are protecting him in your loving arms. I pray for these new parents, Nick and Hanna, that they will look to you and your word for guidance as they parent baby Andrew, and that their family and friends will surround them all of their days. I pray that you use Nick and Hanna to show Andrew what it looks like to live a life that glorifies you. Lord, protect these sweet friends of mine as they weather this new season together with all its unknowns. Show them you in the midst of everything. Amen. 

I absolutely love this shot. It tells me that Hanna is not only ready for motherhood but ready to conquer the world. I love the fierce determination in her eyes.

Go forth and conquer mommyhood, my friend!

Ashley

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