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22/23 weeks | magnolia plantation and gardens

 

Last week we were in Charleston and it was simply beautiful! (Hot, and humid…but definitely so beautiful nonetheless.) We visited Magnolia Plantation and Gardens and it was gorgeous- so I wanted to snap a few pictures for a quick weekly update. These were take when I was 22 weeks, and now I’m on week 23 (I think…the doctor said I’m either 22 or 23 weeks so obviously I’m going with the later – haha!) There are definitely a few things that are different with this pregnancy than the others:

- Time is going way quicker
- I am more active with this pregnancy than any other, trying to walk every day and I’m still lifting weights
- ….which means I am up in weight a bit since I am hungry more often but eh, oh well. I do feel healthier
- Showing much more, and much sooner
- We still have to buy all the baby things (minus a crib/dresser) because we thought we were done having kids…so that’s fun ;)
- Picking out a name is much more difficult!
- Way less anxiety when it comes time to go to the dr. to check on the baby which is a good thing (…fourth time around I guess it’s about time!)

We are soaking up these summer months, and the time that the boys don’t have school which is making everything go by quickly. I’m grateful for a healthy pregnancy thus far! The kids are excited and Reagan is excited to be a big sister….

 

 

 

  
Mage

Guess I’m gonna have 3 girls to love… all together ..

That is such a gorgeous dress! Where on earth did you find it? Photos are beautiful too, looks like a lovely place to visit.

fourth of july!

Hope you had a great Fourth of July! The kids had so much fun and loved all of the sparklers, pop-its, and fireworks! :) We went to a fourth of July parade a few nights ago with my sister and her boyfriend- the kids loved getting all of the candy. We are really enjoying making and creating new traditions for our family <3

  

when the light shines through.

 

This morning I woke up feeling so defeated, so I started to pray and the tears just started flowing. The past couple years, there have been really low valleys in my life, and also some really beautiful times. And I’m grateful for both of them. My heart has hurt, but it has also loved immensely.

 “We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:7-9

I have felt pressed on every side, but my faith has been strengthened greatly. Even through the ups and downs, the crap, and disappointment- I know the Lord has been there. I’ve seen His faithfulness. I feel like I’ve always had kind of a strong faith, but after having kids- you get busy, you know? You pray when you can…but still, it’s just a totally different season. The last couple years brought me back to a place where I really have had to say “Jesus, where are you?” It has made me press in- and press on, and I’m thankful for that. Jay and I are so ready for a new season in our lives and I see it coming. Freedom. I’m eager for what God has in store. We have prayed for a light to shine through when we couldn’t see the road ahead and I’m grateful for answered prayers. I finally see the light starting to shining through…    (to be continued..)

 

(I’ve listened to this song over and over lately <3 )

  

Praying for you sweet friend – whatever you may be going through x

it’s a…

It’s a girl!!! Eeeek, we are so excited! Jay and I took the kids with us to the ultrasound and they loved it! I am so happy we brought them along with us, it made it so special. Leland guessed that it was a girl from the very beginning and he was right! On the way to our appointment, Reagan started singing “sister time” (it’s from Elena a Disney show) and Jay and I were like “what?!” Ha ha I guess she wanted a sister, too! More than anything, I am thankful for a healthy pregnancy. I’m grateful that we’ll have two boys, and two girls- what a blessing! I did have boy names all picked out and ready to go- but I have no idea on a girl name! Ah! It’s so hard, no clue…we have time though ;) We can’t wait to meet you baby girl!

  

Congratulations! I’m so excited for you! Four is so fun and it’s great to have two of each. I have two of each and am pregnant now with our tie-breaker!

SO SO happy for you and your sweet family – perfect little princess to complete your family x

peony blooms.

A couple of weeks ago, I took some of the peonies that bloomed in our yard and Reagan to a field by our house. She really loved the peonies (but didn’t like the “ladybugs” aka ants- that were all over them!) I want to always look back on these photos and remember Reagan at this stage- 2.5- one of my favorite ages. Full of innocence and joy (and a lot of spunk!) I’m so excited for her to be a big sister and an older sibling like her brothers, but for now I’m soaking up the time I have with her being the youngest :)

Peonies are just so beautiful! I was so happy a second Peony I planted a couple years ago bloomed this year!

  

joy in motherhood.

Growing up, it wasn’t necessarily my number one dream to be a mom. I mean, I babysat growing up and liked kids but I was just a different type of person I guess. So when we got pregnant with Leland three months after being married, my world was shaken to the core. I will never forget it, I was completely shocked. Since then, of course, things have changed and I would never change the way things happened. Staying at home with Leland when I was 20-21 while my peers were away at college was so interesting…I wrestled with it a lot. I matured and grew and God shaped me (Jay and I both.) Now, I am so grateful to stay home with these three and I find it a joy but it wasn’t always this way!

Now I wake up to these three, everyday, and everyday I find it a privilege and a joy- I really do. Being there mom is a full time job- no doubt about it. It’s work but it’s beautiful. It’s hard but its rewarding. It can be frustrating but it is also so fun. I’m soaking up these days while I can, because they really do go so quickly :)

 

 “Remember that the consequences of mothering well are truly great. You have this opportunity to ingrain love, righteousness, and faith into the very depths of your children’s souls. Such potential influence is in your hands. God’s Spirit will give wind to your wings and He will bless you as you embrace these ideals for His glory.” Sarah Mae

  

It may not have always been the case but you are one amazing mama now, and so excited for your precious bundle on the way – they are lucky kiddies x