I was first introduced to Melissa and Lisa through a mutual friend in 2011 and we were all in a Bible study together (that I am so glad to say is still going strong!).
A little background to get you up to speed: Melissa is married to Ryan. Lisa is married Matt. Ryan and Matt are brothers. At the time that we met, both Melissa and Lisa were each expecting their first child! Cousins to be!
It was such an exciting time to meet each of these women and be a part of their lives. It was also the around the time of my birth doula training, and through Lisa and Melissa I was able to learn boundaries. Even though Lisa and Melissa had developed into sweet friends, all the new, on-fire doula excitement and knowledge I was learning sometimes spilled out. I realized I was one of "those" people in an expecting woman's life - while well-intentioned, I was often offering unsolicited advice.
Lisa and Melissa both were very gracious and forgiving, loving me through this stage and helping me grow as a friend and as a doula. I am ever appreciative of them both. While distance separates us, I know they are always only a phone call away.
Little Girl Stanton was due late October and Little Boy Stanton was due in January. One beautiful fall weekend, Lisa & Matt and Melissa & Ryan asked me to take maternity pictures for each of them, and as a group! What a cool experience that I would like to now share with you.
Since this day, both Baby Girl Stanton and Baby Boy Stanton made their sweet arrivals, and each now have a baby brother! Four beautiful babies, four cousins surrounded by a wonderful family.
There are more photos from this family to come. See how Ryan and Melissa's family has grown in the next weeks as I share more photos in Shallin Blue's photographic journey!