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Happy Birthday Little Lotus!

Some days, we feel like Julia has been in our family for a blink. Others, it seems she’s been with us her entire 730 days. But always, we are over the moon that she is now in our lives for good. And today we’re especially excited because she turns two!

Our beyond generous and talented photographer friend Neely Catignani (neelycatignani.com) graciously offered us another session once Julia was all settled in on Ordway. If you remember, she first captured our homecoming at the airport, and quite beautifully if I might add.

So we decided we would like her to shoot at the house for a bit, but then follow us along on our weekend tradition of walking our beloved neighborhood in East Nashville. Every Saturday for quite some time, Kevin and I have taken a leisurely stroll to visit our favorite spots in the area. It has always been our chance to slow down, unplug, and connect with each other and the place we call home. We kept the ritual firmly in place once we became a party of three of course… only now it’s just a tad less leisurely for whoever has to push the stroller uphill.

We received the gallery just in time for Julia’s 2nd birthday, and what a gift it is! Neely did an incredible job once again of capturing Kevin’s and my huge happiness right now, as well as some of Julia’s best kept facial expressions. Many thanks again Neely – you’re such a special lady and we’re lucky to call you friend.

Might as well let this gift keep on giving! Check out the full gallery below to see Julia in and around her forever “home” – our neighborhood, our humble house, and our arms.

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"I am a lotus flower – delicate, fragile, yet strong... floating, unfolding, and blossoming into the life where I belong.”