This is my dear friend Mara. When my mom was diagnosed with cancer, Mara took over some of my mom’s real estate listings. Mara is the sister of another one of my dearest friends. When I was pregnant with Bodie, we found out that we were pregnant at the same time! Only 3 weeks apart! I was so giddy! But then tragedy struck. Her sweet baby, Grace was born at just 26 weeks and was sick. She only blessed this earth for 9 days before leaving us. I was pregnant with Bodie and so hyper aware that I wanted to support my friend but not be too “in your face” with my healthy pregnancy. I prayed for Mara and her husband Dan. I encouraged and grieved with Mara through chats, emails, and messages. I wanted her to know that I’d not forgotten about Grace, and I knew all too well the miserable journey that grief is. And then a new miracle happened, Mara told me she was pregnant again. Her new baby, Samuel Grayson was born on New Years Eve 2011. I love the sweet quiet images of Mara I captured when she was pregnant, and Sammy has the sweetest nature. Mara wears a pink bracelet with Grace’s name on it, so we wanted to include it in both her maternity and Sammy’s newborn session. I know Grace smiles down on their sweet family. I know God has big plans for Sammy and his wonderful family!

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