Louisville Wedding Photographers, Southern Wedding Photographer, Lexington Wedding Photography, Lifestyle Family Portraiture, Family Photos In-home » Lifestyle family portraiture and moment rich wedding imagery shot and written about by Elizabeth Sharrett, Christ loving wife to Luke, witty mommy to Truman, chocolate addict, friend and photographer. Living in Kentucky, traveling America to tell wedding and life stories through photos.

gheen-foundation-lodge-winter-wedding-plaid-lace-wooden-01PINTHIS!Oh, winter, there’s something magical about you, even without the snow.  When Maggie tossed in a heap of plaid, tree stumps and that beautiful lace gown on top of the cold, there’s something an added cuddly for this wedding.  These images are cozy to me.  Nearly as cozy, I hope, as spending the day amongst Alex and Maggie’s people.

We started out with the guys at their hotel and the ladies getting prepared at the lodge.  Family and friends abounded as they put the finishing touches on the reception space.  So many little details and projects that they gladly tied together.  Love the way family can set up that strong, sweet community at a wedding.

Before Maggie pulled on her gown the lady crew was easygoing and joyful.  After?  Those ladies were encouraging, prayerful and just a delight on a windy, winter afternoon.  Before the ceremony, we did a quick note exchange between Alex and Maggie and before you know it, she was heading down the aisle on her Daddy’s arm.  They included family, young and old, in their ceremony.  The couple assembled a cross in the spirit of the typical unity candle, received a blessing and a dip with the kiss before they headed down the aisle, arm in arm – grins warm enough to warm the whole place up.

I so enjoyed the time we had to make portraits outside.  It was certainly chilly, but those bare, winter trees fit in perfectly with their theme, accenting Maggie’s plaid coat perfectly.  The evening wrapped up with a pie-cut, dozens on mini-pies and a wonderful BBQ spread enjoyed by all.  Their crew danced and rejoiced alongside them, just as they should.  My hope is that these images are as easygoing and cozy as the wedding day, itself, was.  So excited for you, Maggie, after living similar lives in our little town – that the Lord brought you a sweet, encouraging man who desires to love and protect you as he’s commanded to.  Many years of shared pie to you both.  Enjoy!

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Any father-of-the-bride’s welcome speech that generally begins with ‘When our daughter was born I had wished for a son, and once I laid eyes on her perfect self, I was wrapped around her little finger’ and ends with a version of ‘I still often longed for a son to learn sports from and talk about man things with and 26 years later, as Ivy marries Josh, I now have my son.’  Listen.  It was good.  I could barely see to make pictures when Ivy’s father put his hand on his tearful wife’s shoulder mid-speech.  The love was palpable and the party commenced with joyful celebrating to match.

Listen.  If you’re planning a wedding where you anticipate real moments and deep love as more important than your florals, please call me.  Photographing these folks both during their engagement and at their wedding was like a sweet hug for my heart.  Back on task.  

As you’ll soon see, everything was so beautiful and so meaningfully orchestrated.  I so enjoyed that Ivy and Josh were both interested in encouraging and blessing their guests, thanking so many people constantly.  Their love for corgi-dogs was pervasive in the sweet details.  From Josh’s cuff links and socks to the hundreds of handmade doggie place card holders, corgis were all over – even in the flower girl, ring bearer lineup.  A corgi in oversized pearls paving the way for the bride is something you need to experience.  Hilarious.

And the party?  Oh the party was great!  The toasts were meaningful and rich, the bacon wrapped dates left a mark on my heart (foodie heart, ya’ll) and their guests jumped and bumped and danced til the very end.  At the end of the night, they sent their guests home with a favor.  Normal wedding fare, right?  Wrong.  Ivy, Josh and their folks do things in such a thorough and personal way that I really appreciate.  Their mothers handcrafted candies which included the. best. bourbon balls I’ve ever tasted with pecans from family farms and family-harvested honey – honey that they sent each guest home with a bottle of their own.  Just so extravagant and serving of the folks they’d invited to share an evening with.

Really hope you enjoy these images, that you can see the little details they crafted with care.  This wedding feels like a warm hug on a snowy day with a dose of very deeply connected family.  Enjoy!  We really, really did!

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  • Patcashwell - Great pictures beautiful wedding thanks for sharing.

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If you’ve ever considered a New Years Eve wedding, let me get started on persuading you to both have one and invite me along.  One of my longest-loved besties, Allie, married the love of her life, Brandon, on the last day of 2015 and it was a blast.  So many noisemakers, confetti, hats and loads of sparkle topped off with guests who were ready to ring in the new year together made for a sweet celebration.

Also a blast, because this most-loyal friend of mine had a wedding that perfectly fit her friendly, dramatic (in the theater sense), fun personality.  Her gown was stunning with a bit of sparkle and a touch of fur for outdoor portraits.  The guys were decked out in black ties, including our little Truman who served as ring bearer.  The sweetest flower girls wore sequins and tulle while her bridesmaids looked stunning in black gowns of their choosing.  She filled a photo booth full with metallic props, oversized gold “2016” balloons and a whole bunch of fun people.  If you’re borderline on adding a Photo Booth, DO IT – one of my most favorite additions for remembering our guests and seeing more of the wedding, after.

What I loved most about this sweet affair wasn’t the awesome photo booth (so good!), or the way metallics tied everything together, but it really was getting to see my bestie enjoy her first evening as wife.  Just the best to watch her first look with Brandon and the excitement on both of their faces, as well as the awe and admiration he holds for his bride.  Neat, too, to see how he perfectly compliments, calms and betters my dear friend.

All in all, a great success and so many fun memories of buckets of people, I too, have grown to love over the years of our sweet friendship.  Enjoy!

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2016-01-06_0001PINTHIS!Just a quick pull from editing, but I can tell ya one thing: photographing first looks of one of your besties since 4th grade is a different kind of joy. So many sweet, sweet moments to come.

  • Sarah Seitz - I love how it is NYE, but the grass makes it look like springtime! 🙂

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duncan-memorial-chapel-small-wedding-001PINTHIS!Erika and Pete were so fun and easy going.  I loved documenting their Friday afternoon wedding with their family at Duncan Memorial Chapel in Crestwood, Ky.  Erika was gorgeous and I loved the lace top of her gown.  You’ll see, too, that all the little glances Pete sent Erika’s way during portraits are just the best.

After the ceremony was complete, we made family photos and sent their guests on their way to start enjoying pizza at Coals.  The couple and I headed to the Anchorage Trail to make more portraits and I think it built in a sweet pocket of quiet to enjoy the first little bit as husband and wife.  Once we were done, they joined their family for dinner.

Their wedding was so laid back and enjoyable, while being incredibly personal and filled to the brim with their family.  I loved, too, that they were able to enjoy an extended honeymoon in Europe just a few days later.  Enjoy this lovely small wedding!

 

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When time photographing God’s people is quiet encouragement to my soul.  When being with a father and mother who love their children deeply, well and to the glory of God is a balm to my feeble motherhood.  That’s what this image helps me to remember.

For Jill, may it be the joy she has found in her call.  An encouragement for the days when loving and leading 5 souls well, must certainly be tiresome.  May we all learn where her joy comes from.

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On one of the first crisp fall days, Tracy and Adam were married under an old shade tree at the beautiful Hermitage Farm in Goshen, Ky.  Such a fun and gorgeous location where everyone was able to prepare in the historic home before.  There was even a beautiful white horse and cart that drove Tracy up to the end of the aisle.  So sweet.

After their personal ceremony filled to the brim with sweet friends and gracious family, we made some portraits around the farm.  The guests were busy playing corn hole, enjoying various southern hors d’oeuvres and listening to the strings play on the porch.  Once we wrapped up with a few funny images to celebrate Adam’s love of disc golf, they joined their guests for dinner in the tent.

We all enjoyed a beautiful sunset followed up by some excellent dancing entertainment.  Tracy’s dance with her father included their whole bridal party and involved a little snippet of thriller.  Quite a thrill!  Such a jot to spend a beautiful Saturday on a gorgeous farm celebrating two folks who have waited for this day with great anticipation over quite a long while.  Enjoy!

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lexington-family-photos-012PINTHIS!This fall has been good to me.  I’ve gotten to work with some of my most favorite people on earth, the Meurers included.  Ashley was a college roommate who has grown to be one of my best friends – and much of that thanks to our little people – we got to be pregnant at the same time and she and Will were of the first to meet our sweet Truman at the hospital.

Since their births, her boy has grown and grown, catching up in size with Truman and they are the funniest, same-sized playmates.  Shooting these was the funniest mess.  Truman wanted to ride G’s tractor, then he wanted to push it – they were running all over talking about the cats and cows.  Will was busy throwing leaves to keep the giggles coming, while Ashley and I were just trying to keep curious kids away from the street.

I love most about these images that they are just like hanging out with these sweet people.  Full of joyful moments, real living and just easy-being.  If you know them or have ever interacted with Will and his farm, you know what I mean.  Love that I get to tag along through the seasons and make images for friends and new friends.  So good.

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2015-11-02_0018PINTHIS!So much love for this sweet little family and double the excitement as her milestones are always just a bit behind our own son’s.  So fun to do life alongside friends who were married near us, pregnant about the same time and celebrating babies together.

Little Rose is such a sweet one.  She’s busy blowing kisses, sharing giggles and being just sassy enough.  I’m still so impressed with the pumpkin her Dad carved for her photo opp and I LOVE the chalkboard with her details on it.  So wish I had done this and so glad they’ve got all the info alongside her images.  Enjoy!

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Ben and Kristin were wed on a misty afternoon, in a garden at their newly purchased farm in Simpsonville, Ky.  They were married by a friend, celebrated by family and spent some time making portraits with me and the chickens.  Ben’s daughter was the flower girl and their grandparents watched from the window, staying out of the cold.  The kiddos played around the bonfire and even found a teeny snake.  Others climbed into the tree house and looked over the front pasture’s rolling hill.

Every bit was marked by an easy simplicity and a simple joy.  Loved meeting their people and super LOVED Kristin’s braid.  Enjoy!

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  • Deborah Goheen - Beautiful wedding and beautiful pictures. As the mother of the bride I am very happy. I love the pictures of them together on the farm the best, they really capture the essence and spirit of their life.

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Shane and Leigh chose to travel from their Los Angeles home to be married and celebrate at Shane’s childhood, Kentucky home.  Enjoyed so many pieces of their early fall wedding, but it was easiest to love the way they bring joy to one another.  I overheard a guest thanking them later in the evening for not just having a fun wedding, but one where love and the joy of their relationship was palpable.  Really, really was spot on.

I started the day off by photographing the tail end of the ladies being prepare by Dawn Phillips Makeup Artist and crew.  As soon as the ladies were ready, we headed out for the sweetest first look.  Shane was beside himself seeing Leigh in her gown.  So sweet to see a few tears shed by a groom over his stunning bride.

Married by their friend, Shane and Leigh wrote their own vows and literally laughed and lived deeply through the whole ceremony.  No nervous faces or super-seriousness here – just a lighthearted tone set by bluegrass music, joyful friends and truthful words.  Even a secret shared during those vows.

They ended the night with fireworks, cupcakes and lots of laughter during toasts and tons of dancing with their friends.  Shane and Leigh, thanks for kicking off my fall lineup so well.  Thanks for being a joy to your friends and for valuing your family so well amongst your celebration.  Enjoy!

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2015-10-07_0010PINTHIS!These sweet friends: Melissa is a wonderful mother and kind friend while Josh is one joy of a guy.  And I love most that their boys are little reflections of both their personalities – both so busy and full of life but each tender and sincere.

Through our seasons of friendship I’ve gleaned much from their patience in parenting, generosity in friendship and general faithfulness.  So fun to watch them parent boy babies, all grown up into kiddos.  May it be known Josh was one champ of an entertaining and imaginative Dad to get kiddos where I needed them amongst an open field.  Hope these images exude the warmth and joy that the the Settles, themselves, are overflowing with.  Enjoy!

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If you’ve been around long, you know I so treasure clients who invite me into their lives over the span of time. Such a gift to me to be able to photograph family moments as life turns.

LOVED walking into Jennifer and Jon’s new home and feeling a sweet peace there. Surely some of that is part of expecting a babe and the rest that comes with getting settled into a new house – but it was such a gift to see and feel the ease and warmth that’s grown over the years of visiting with them. Doesn’t Jen just look like she walked out of a Better Homes & Garden’s maternity session?

Favorite part of the whole session was making images of the cutest pregnant lady in Tripp’s nursery when Jon walked in and instantly told his sweet bride that she looked SO beautiful. And she really did. Gorgeous, peaceful and expectant. Looking forward to photographing baby Tripp as he spends his early days at home with his family in their light-flooded home. Excited to see Jen and Jon with two boys, soon. Enjoy!

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Best Monday morning I’ve had in a while started at Mulberry Orchard with beautiful Maggie Ann and her sweet Momma.  Maggie was so cheery the whole time, despite cooler temperatures and wet grass.

LOVED that this wooden horse was included – Maggie Ann’s late maternal grandpa made it for her mother.  Heirlooms certainly make my heart sing.  And 6-months is really my most favorite baby-age to photograph.  Everything is funny, they’re so giggly and proud of their limited mobility skills, yet not moving too quickly to be disinterested.  Enjoy!

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2015-09-29_0001PINTHIS!Last week, I got to meet up with Gretchen and her baby Jax at the park.  A sweet and generous friend gifted her a mini at a baby shower (love this idea!) and we got to make use of it at Red Orchard.  Love the leaves and the fall colors with Jax’s little man outfit.  He was such a sweet, easy baby.  A little skeptical of me from time to time, but always smiling for his Momma.  Enjoy!

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brad-cox-newborn-livia-frazer-photos-67PINTHIS!A couple years ago I got to photography Brody’s family before he arrived and I’m so, very excited to photograph him next month with his brothers and family.  He’s a sweet, teeny, cuddly joy to Livia and Brad.  Such a good baby, just sleeping in his swing when I arrive and kept happy through the very end.  So fun to photograph these teeny babes in their first two weeks.  Enjoy!

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lewis-mathis-family-photos-51PINTHIS!In two and a half weeks, it’s been 6 years since Lizzie Loo opened our office on Sixth Street.  We blocked off the street, served local wine and desserts underneath string lights.  Lewis Mathis was there.  He entertained our guests and was awesome at setting the scene for a fun night of celebration.  He even opted to be paid in pictures, which was such a help to me after renovating this old place.

Since then, he and Noelle’s two oldest sons have graduated and moved out into the real world, if ya will, but these three beauties are still at home, so we got together to make some portraits.  Better late than never!  First things, first – can we just talk about how every single person in these images has vivid blue or blue-green eyes.  Color me jealous.  I’m sure you’ll agree that their girls are gorgeous and all that light blond hair paired with the sweet backlight in our neighborhood was just perfect.  The Mathis’ live just around the corner and I’ve been envisioning porch pictures for quite while.  Enjoy!

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blackacre-engagement-wedding-photos-01PINTHIS!We met up on one of those first-almost-fall evenings and got to wander around Blackacre nature preserve, making sweet images of Alex and Maggie.  Love what a joy he Alex is to her and how he really kept us both laughing.  Also SO in love with these plaids and the way they make these images feel extra cozy.  These feel like a still cross between the end of summer and the promise of cozy.  A little foreshadowing to their winter wedding, but you’ll have to hang around a few months to see that in its fullness.

Excited for Maggie, who I’ve known much longer than Alex – only met him right before the first click of my camera – to have found a sweet fella to join her in her adventuring.  Looking forward to a sweet time of rejoicing with these two, this winter.  Enjoy!

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2015-09-21_0065PINTHIS!Oh, I so LOVE one-year sessions after a maternity photo start and documenting the steps in between.  I feel like little Jackson is my pal and it’s a triple bonus that I so enjoy his parents and he reminds me of my own boy.  Has been fun to do a little life alongside Jona and Josh and this cake smash session was so fun.

Jackson was so sweet and a good measure shy.  We made these images at the park and despite there being a giant cupcake in front of him, he was deeply involved in watching the lawnmowers buzz around us.  It took a little coaxing, but he was soon happily covered in icing.  Love that Jona rolled with my cake suggestion – I always forget how fun these are.  Enjoy!

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The sun was glowing and enveloping and as you’ll see, we got a stellar sky at the end. So fun to meet Heather and Dewayne’s little girl. She’s such a joy to her people and I’m just obsessed with her little lady clothes – sweet leggings, teeny jean jackets and headbands. Love these!louisville-family-photos-115PINTHIS!louisville-family-photos-114PINTHIS!louisville-family-photos-113PINTHIS!louisville-family-photos-112PINTHIS!louisville-family-photos-111PINTHIS!louisville-family-photos-110PINTHIS!louisville-family-photos-109PINTHIS!louisville-family-photos-108PINTHIS!louisville-family-photos-107PINTHIS!louisville-family-photos-106PINTHIS!louisville-family-photos-105PINTHIS!louisville-family-photos-104PINTHIS!louisville-family-photos-103PINTHIS!louisville-family-photos-102PINTHIS!louisville-family-photos-101PINTHIS!louisville-family-photos-100PINTHIS!louisville-family-photos-99PINTHIS!louisville-family-photos-98PINTHIS!louisville-family-photos-97PINTHIS!louisville-family-photos-96PINTHIS!louisville-family-photos-95PINTHIS!

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Wild and free, is this little Vann. He just passed his second birthday and is running right through life. They Lancasters were in for the weekend from the windy city, to visit their family and I’m glad we could get our schedules aligned to make these images.

Sweet and quite giggly, Vann was easily enticed by running and playing with his Dad, getting flipped over by his Momma and the freedom of an open field. I met up with Tory and Mallori to a closed Blackacre and they gladly location changed – I’m SO glad we found an overgrown field just near Beckley Station. The grass was too tall for the busy little guy to stand, so he quickly reverted to cuddles, giggles and giving love. Such a joyful session that will surely give you the wise fuzzies. Lancasters – thanks for braving the heat and the mosquitoes!

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2015-09-14_0001PINTHIS!Fall is just as busy a season around here as you’d assume – but so many beautiful images of sweet moments being made.  If only I had all the extra minutes in the world to post each little treasure here, I so would!  This little peek for your Monday afternoon.  Now that I’m a Momma to one sweet little guy, a great motivation for my work is making images that are little bits of energy and joy to look back on when the mothering is hard and the whining is never-ending.  This certainly is one that can bring any Momma back to a level place amidst busy toddler wildness.  Enjoy!

louisville-family-photos-22PINTHIS!Summertime means senior time and while my schedule doesn’t allow as much space for seniors as it once did, I so enjoy each that I get to photograph.  Even more so when the senior is someone I’ve gotten to know and watch grow a bit.  Hadley may look familiar to you, as I’ve photographed both her older sister and cousin’s wedding in recent times – but I love, love this girl’s spunk.

Hadley is obviously a beautiful, little model-girl, but so warm and fun to be around.  We had a sweet little Saturday morning hopping all around downtown Shelbyville making images, changing clothes in the car and sharing stories.  Hope these images speak to Hadley’s spirit and kindness.  Enjoy!

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keeneland-family-engagement-photos-dc-couple-01PINTHIS!Such an honor to squeeze in one last Keeneland session with William and Marielos before the Breeder’s Cup completely consumes the racecourse grounds.  One recent Friday afternoon they arrive to Lexington from DC, where they live and will celebrate being married this very weekend.  Such a fun time getting to know them, meeting their sweet dog, Violet and daughter, Gaby. Fun to include them, too, in images at one of William’s most favorite places on Earth.

Early this spring William reached out after seeing a few past client’s images from Keeneland and we chatted about his affections for this grand place, I often take for granted – here in our own backyard.  He certainly knows far more of the history of the grounds and grandstand, but that doesn’t keep us all from appreciating its grandeur.  Love these sweet moments and gorgeous images that both William and Marielos will surely cherish as they walk into their marriage!  Enjoy!

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gallreins-farm-wedding-shelbyville-ky-spring-001PINTHIS!Sweet Rachel and Wes were married earlier this year at First Baptist Church in Shelbyville, Ky.  I adored that she chose to get ready in her family’s funeral home.  Before you get skeptical about that, just check out these images.  Shannon’s has been in their family for 150 years and the front of the home is just a beautiful, old house.  So sweet to make portraits in a place where there family has so faithfully served our community and it was gorgeous, to boot.

I really enjoyed the joy of their day.  The sweet event of marrying off the first of your daughters, rejoicing amongst friends and being married by someone close to the family.  I also quite enjoyed getting to know Wes and Rachel’s friends more throughout the day.  She’s been a dear friend to me for a few years, but I missed out on her dating days – so seeing Wes’s encouraging ease with Rachel and her people was refreshing.  He was always near to lend a hand, got a bit quiet and nervous before their first look and shed a few tears when he saw his bride.  Loved that.

As for Rachel, she was ever the picture of poise.  Always greeting folks with a smile and an interested word about each person, as is her family’s way.  She looked amazing and so classic in her gown.  This was definitely a wedding where I needed my tissues to keep photographing after her walk down the aisle and had to trust my skills to make images when I was too teary to see clearly.

Their reception at Gallrein Farm’s really transformed the space and made it into an elegant, yet comfortable gathering for all their family and friendly.  Was certainly a great transformation for the pavillion to get all dolled up.  I also just adore the farm’s options for making portraits.  So many great spaces and that glowly, early spring light.  Worth checking out, future brides!

Enjoy!

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PINTHIS!Oh goodness, another Oldie, but Goodie.

Josh and Haley are sweet friends to us.  You may recognize Haley from these portraits back in the day.  She’s what I like to call, Leila’s other mother.  Really!  She’s spent many an hour hanging in my office and homes and so graciously caring for my Leila-dog while I was away at various times.  And on one of those evenings in the office there may have been a little meandering through twitter when she found Josh’s twitter account.  At the time, he was on a study abroad in Australia, but he seemed to fit Haley’s husband wishlist and he lived just a few miles across the county.  So we can go ahead and give the Lizzie Loo office a little credit for this one.  Haha!

After watching our friends be married for a year that included a move to Florida for Josh to attend physical therapy school it’s been a joy to look back on these images.  Their wedding day was perfect and just what Haley wished for.  A small family ceremony back amongst the trees and a celebration under the big, Bagdad sky on Josh’s family farm.  So sweet to see their grandparents and parents witness their nuptials and even sweeter to watch Haley’s grandfather marry them.  So fun for us to witness their marriage on their marriage license and generally be around to make images and be a help: my favorite!

Josh and Haley, we really love y’all and are so proud of the brave things you’ve already done in your married days.  You’re such an encouragement to us, have been fun friends to just enjoy life alongside and we are SO looking forward to you living in KY again.  You’ve even been very tolerant of my competitive, board game-playing, pregnant days.  Ha!  Even Truman is pumped, because he quite likes hanging with his Auntie Hay-Hay and Uncle Josh.  Love y’all.  Enjoy!

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