One of the most blessed and exciting things I’ve heard in my life was that our sweet niece, Renee, and her husband, Todd, are expecting their first child. After going through fertility issues and heart break, as my husband and I did years before as well, we all rejoiced when this baby was conceived because as anyone who’s spent even just a few minutes around Renee knows, this woman was put on this earth to be a mother. She is the cousin who carried my boys around when they were babies as if they were her own when she would come spend time with us during the summer and the sister who watches her oldest sister’s 4 daughters every Monday on her day off so she can spend time with them. It’s been so wonderful watching her grow & blossom into such a loving sweet young lady and marry the man of her dreams and now it will be just as wonderful watching her become the mama she’s always wanted to be. I was so thrilled that Renee allowed me to take some maternity pictures for them when we flew up to Illinois last week for her baby shower. She chose a local apple orchard as the backdrop for her shoot, which we don’t have many if any of here in Texas, so we chose to make the most of our afternoon there on an unusually warm Indian Summer day. Here are some of my favorites from the day…….enjoy & thanks for stopping by.