Everyone should have friends like mine

 Most mornings I wake up, grab a cup of coffee, kiss the hubs, and sign onto the email & facebook. Being so far away from most of my social circle - this helps me feel like I'm still somewhat a part of it all and aware of what is happening in lives. Phone calls can be difficult with the time difference and as I learned last month - expensive when one forgets that their free minutes don't kick in until it's 12AM in the Southeast.

Anyhow, that being said. I'm blessed when my buds are online and willing to chat to me. I'm blessed when they call me on their way home from working late, when they plan baby showers from across the country - pretty much whenever. I'm blessed.

My friend, Melissa Pepin, a most amazingly talented photographer is one of these friends. Not only did she help host a baby shower, give us a place to stay while in Athens, and make us homemade cookies and cheesecake - she took time out of a REALLY busy 115 degree day to take maternity pictures for us. These pictures are courtesy of Melissa Pepin Photography. If you live anywhere in Southeast (and she's been known to travel elsewhere)- you want this girl taking your pictures.

Thank you, Melissa (and Anthony) for being amazing folks who never cease to leave us encouraged. We love you guys. 


  1. Anonymous6:54 PM

    sooooooo beautiful....you are truly glowing! i love you and am so excited for you both....can't wait to hear the news...not too much longer now!
    love from your cousin,

  2. Anonymous7:44 PM

    Poke that belly out some more. It doesn't look big enough. :D

    Melissa does great work.


  3. Aww... Lyd, you look so much like your mama in that first picture. Beautiful pictures of a beautiful mama-to-be! So happy & excited for you guys!

  4. Beautiful! I second all that you said about Melissa. Hope you all are well; miss ya'll!

  5. what gorgeous, beautiful, perfect pictures. so excited for you guys!

  6. love you! You look beautiful!