I met Paige when we were in high school and we weren't friends, not at first. We were two very different people then than we are now. I remember it was the night before my birthday in the eleventh grade and all of a sudden I get a phone call right at midnight from Paige, singing me Happy Birthday. From that moment on she has been one of my best friends. She is so incredibly kind and caring to those around her, which makes sense if you know who raised her. Her mom is one of the most welcoming, motherly, deeply compassionate people you will ever meet.
It has been an honor to watch Paige grow over these past nine years. She has come to far and I can't even put into words how thankful I am to have her as my friend. So, of course, watching her become a mom was absolutely indescribable. She took it on almost effortlessly. She has so much strength and courage and grace that I am sure she will pass down to her little man.
Leland is one of the sweetest babies I have ever met. When we did these photos he was 1 month old, and typically it is very difficult to photograph a baby at this age but he was absolutely serene the entire time. I can't wait to watch him grow, just as I have watched his mama.