You can’t see me as I’m writing this, but trust me when I say that I’m typing this post with tears in my eyes. These three (baby Evelyn included) are so special to me. Late last month, I captured my sister and her husband’s maternity photos at Kiesel Park.
I’ve always been thankful for my sister, Rachel. In a sea of stories where siblings fight all the time and don’t get along, Rachel was my constant friend. We always laughed and played together easily, save for a few skirmishes, one involving a peace of turkey meat she threw at my head (Don’t worry, I deserved it). I trust her completely with everything, and I’m pretty sure there isn’t a single fact about my life she doesn’t know. She’s the epitome of grace and thoughtfulness.
When she found Jeremy in college, my family knew that she was a perfect fit for her. He seamlessly joined the Watson clan. And after knowing him for almost a decade, he’s still one of the kindest and selfless people that I know. I’ve never had a biological big brother (just two amazing little ones), but Jeremy is the one I would have chosen if given that choice. He is a wonderful human being.
Almost 5 years ago, Jeremy and Rachel began trying for a baby. We all believed it would happen quickly. After all, what two people deserved to be parents more? They would be an incredible team! But life doesn’t always turn out the way we plan. Their journey to getting pregnant became long, emotional, and difficult. We didn’t have the answers we wanted, and sometimes we had no answers at all. Watching from the sidelines was the hardest part. I know my mother felt the same. We all wanted to help them find a solution.
After over 4 years of waiting, taking tests, and trying fertility treatments, Rachel and Jeremy decided it was time to try IVF (In vitro fertilization). And after the first round of treatments, God provided the most beautiful gift: little Evelyn! We are incredibly excited to meet her this October. And I can’t think of a better way to celebrate during such a wild year.
At the end of July, I was able to sneak down to Auburn, Alabama and capture some Kiesel Park maternity photos for Rachel and Jeremy. I’ve been waiting for 4 years to take these for them, and I’m so excited to share a few of my favorites here!