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Newborn Photos

I had been on the hunt for a newborn photographer for a while. I had an idea of the kind of pictures I wanted but, I wasn't having any luck. We were in a bit of a scheduling predicament because Olivia was coming home on oxygen and we weren't sure how long she would need to stay on it. One day, the week Olivia came off the oxygen, I was browsing Facebook and saw the most perfect pictures of a friend's little girl. I knew that the photographer, Kendall Stoy, was the one who would capture Olivia as a newborn.

I just have to say, Kendall made the morning we spent together so comfortable and relaxed. I will forever treasure the pictures, but its the memory of those captured moments that are the most special to me. She really went above and beyond to help us honor Catherine, Madelyn and Mary Grace in the photos, as well. In the slideshow there are two different pictures of Olivia wearing little flower headbands. Each one holds three flowers to symbolize her three older sisters. Kendall was the one who had them made for us to use. It was just one of many thoughtful details that touched this Mama's heart. The date of the session also happened to fall on the weekend my dad was visiting, so we took advantage and had a few pictures made with him. Its so neat to have pictures of the three generations of "Bains."

I wanted to share this preview video that Kendall made for us. I've watched it over, and over, and over. Reid and I absolutely love it. It stirs in my heart a spirit of thankfulness and joy. We've experienced such great loss, deep heartache that won't completely mend on this side of Heaven. But, Olivia will forever be the sweetest example of God's redemptive grace and His steadfast love for us.

*For some reason you can't view the video on your iPhone or iPad. I'll try to fix that.


  1. Oh my word.....there are no words!! How beautiful, precious, touching, and amazing is that video!! What a miracle Olivia is and what a story she will have to tell.....another reminder of God's love and faithfulness to us. Thank you for sharing your story and this video with us. It is wonderful!! And she is so cute.....I cannot wait to see her in person!!

    Love ya'll.......Kay-Kay

  2. That video was amazing! Thank you for sharing your story - I have been following your blog for several months and have been cheering you guys on. You have been through so much and have been so inspiring. Olivia is beautiful. Congratulations!

  3. oh mare they're beautiful!!! she did an amazing job capturing sweet olivia (but it can't be that hard - she is so darn cute) :)

  4. Oh my goodness, they are such beautiful photos and that video brought tears to my eyes! What a beautiful miracle you have!

  5. Incredible... so sad and happy all in the same breath.. congrats on your beautiful family and all your girls are with you every day.. and they are all beautiful. In life and in spirit. God Bless.

  6. Oh, wow! So precious! Your photographer did a perfect job capturing your whole family!

  7. Your daughter is just breathtakingly beautiful! Lovely photos.

  8. Oh Mare! Thank you so much for such sweet words!!!! It truly was my pleasure not only to photograph your family but meet all 3 of you! Can't wait to hang those beauties on the wall! xoxo, Kendall

  9. Oh Mare, how beautiful, how tender are those pictures! Thank you for offering me a peek at the video. I am blessed. Kathy

  10. Tears are flowing...obviously! What a wonderful video!! I won't blame you if every single one of those pictures is hung in your house! How will you ever decide?!?!?

  11. that was so sweet, is that her room? It is gorgeous! What great memories:)

  12. Each of those pictures are so, so beautiful. My eyes are filled with tears!

    I can tell how much Olivia is growing each time I visit your blog!

  13. LOVE all the pics! So perfect & beautiful!! :)

  14. These photos are so sweet, Mare. Y'all look great!

  15. Sobbing my eyes out! I love this so much... and I just LOVE all the LOVE in these photos. The kisses and cuddles and joy abounds. Praise God!

  16. I'm not sure I've been a part of a more moving story than your family's. It makes my heart sing and my eyes cry at the same time. I see God's great majesty in growing her little body and long for heaven when there will be NO MORE death. I get goosebumps and fall in love with her each time I stop by - what BEAUTIFUL photos. And what a BEAUTIFUL family! I just love it!

  17. Love them all! Miss Olivia looks just like her grandfather! :)

  18. great photos! so happy for your little family!

  19. They are gorgeous! I'm in love with the one of her looking back and smiling. Pretty sure she could not be any cuter!

  20. Just seeing this video and it just absolutely beautiful! I could watch it over and over again! It makes my heart smile!

  21. Beautiful pictures. Who sings that song in the video?


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