meganxallen N E W Y O R K // photo credit: @mattgtano 21h

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meganxallen Y e s t e r d a y // #bridalmarketnyc 4d

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meganxallen For at least 10 years it's been a dream of mine to go to bridal market. I loved the idea of being there to see the unveiling of new bridal lines and to get a view into the inside of bridal fashion. When we planned our trip to New York we had no idea that the same weekend was New York Bridal Market and I am fortunate enough to have worked with the most amazing woman for the last 5 years, Sharon Miller owner of @gowngallery When I asked if there was a way that I could attend market in some small way she immediately invited me to go with her to any and all of the appointments she had. But the icing on top was that the Gown Gallery is now carrying my favorite designer @amsalebridal. So today, in midtown New York, I sat in on a private viewing of the new Amsale line and got to help choose gowns that will be for sale in Kansas City. To say that I am grateful would be an understatement. 6d

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meganxallen New rule: snow cones for the remainder of this pregnancy! #28weeks #brookylnflea 7d

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meganxallen The wife of a wedding photographer means you spend a lot of Friday and Saturday nights waiting around at home. During the last year when Nick would shoot a wedding and I would be at home I would fall into a depressing dark place watching lifetime movies and scrolling through Instagram photos of baby bumps, nurseries and cute little ones that my heart longed to experience.
Back in October Nick left to shoot a wedding and wrote me this note because he knew the way I would feel when I was home alone. "Before you watch any TV, take a few minutes and read then pray.
Pray for our baby, whether it's the one in your belly or the one in someone else's belly.
Pray for our marriage.
Pray that we would be united deeper.
Pray for guidance with a house, jobs, future decisions.
That God would guide us.
Finally, pray for Jesus' nearness, that He would commune with you and speak to your heart. I love you and I recorded movies for you." Little did I know, that when I prayed for our baby, she was already in my belly. I held to the hope that Jesus was enough for me in my infertility and the truth that He is enough for me when I become a mother. He would have remained to be a good God even if we still weren't pregnant. But now I pray for all the women who pray to be where I am, that Jesus would overwhelm them with His nearness and communion with Him. And that in that place He would unfold the far more beautiful and glorious story He has set out to tell. A story better than any one I could have ever written for myself.
1w
  •   mcbrentano Love this️ so looking forward to your growing family! 1w
  •   midwestoilgirl love you! 1w
  •   nickallenphoto @jflofashion thanks for sharing your journey with us too. Glory to God that He has in sovereign mercy chosen to give us children in the midst of seasons of infertility. However we will never give up the #infertility because it is the journey that Jesus has brought us on and many others still live in. We believe that Jesus can not only heal the broken things in this world, but that He doesn't need us to stop saying certain words in order to purchase His blessing. He purchased all the blessing we ever needed on the cross and the blessing in that was Himself. Intimacy and nearness to the King of Kings. So we will forever acknowledge and tell this story for two reasons. One is that in the low places, the dark spots, the difficult times, He came near to us in ways that we never want to forget. Jesus isn't just glorious in the triumphs or the victories, He's glorious in bankruptcy, in sickness, in debt, in suffering, in hardship and if He isn't glorious in those places, then He isn't glorious at all. The second reason is because of the multitudes of women that are walking in infertility and don't need another message of "Jesus wants you to put a smile on your face and talk like what you're going through isn't difficult." Instead we want to share that He calls out to those of us who have walked, are walking or will walk through infertility and say "My heart and my flesh may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." So we don't in anyway believe or ever want to convey to anyone that certain prayers or attitudes got us a baby. This would simply imply that anyone in infertility should just do as we did and they would get the same results, when we have met and walked with many who have reached the place we were at and have spent years longer dealing with infertility then we did. The truth is this, hope for the infertile is not that God will make them fertile, because a baby will not complete us only Jesus can. 1w
  •   adelaidehomesewn Majorly great hubby. Even better God. 1w
  •   amyakariotis I can't wait to meet #babyallen 1w
  •   liblo21 I can so relate to this moment and letter️ so beautiful! 1w
  •   ceram.vic Ughhhhhh I love you guys too much. 1w
  •   lacymari3 my heart feels like it just got a huge bear hug. Thankyou for sharing! 1w

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meganxallen Love my job! On site for a shoot for @gowngallery today!
#27weeks
2w

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meganxallen This is my favorite picture of Eden.
She has spunk and makes all kinds of faces. She reminds me so much of my grandma Lula.
Can't believe she is SIX years old today. She is my sunshine.
3w

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meganxallen 25 weeks ago I made this post quoting the lyrics to a song that I had been singing and praying while I wondered if I would ever be able to have a biological child. I had no idea at that moment there was already life inside me. He is truly good to me far beyond anything I deserve. // I will not be afraid
I will not fear
No, I will not fear

For you, oh Lord, are a shield about me
You are my glory
You lift my head
You lift my head
4w

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meganxallen What a beautiful day. Got to hear baby girls heart beat. Someone told me today she would be here in 14 weeks. I may or may not have had a little freak out moment. 4w

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meganxallen Nick and I had the privilege of hosting our gospel community group for dinner. So glad we can get everyone around one table to share a meal. 1mon

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meganxallen Not the best picture but he melts my heart. #firstfridaylove 2mon

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meganxallen Happy Birthday to this pretty lady! I am so blessed to call her family. Snuggling up on the couch with her after a big family dinner is one of my favorites. She knows how to kick her feet up and share a good laugh. Excited for her to be an aunt to my little babe.

Love you @amandatano! Time to make you an aunt!
2mon
  •   amandatano Yeah!!! Woohoo. I can't wait! 2mon

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meganxallen Sometimes your favorite memories are the ones you can't plan or prepare for.
We decided on a whim to take our little family on a midnight stroll through the snow on Saturday.
The world was so quiet and bright. It warmed my heart.
2mon

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meganxallen Happy Birthday to @rondagtano!
Oh the places we go and see together. Life is always an adventure with you. Thankful to have you as my Mama! And that you'll be my baby's Mimi.
Happy birthday! Love you xoxo

Let's go Pickin'!
2mon

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meganxallen We can't help but love our family. Both sides together tonight (Matt & Katelyn via FaceTime) to celebrate and find out if Baby Allen is a boy or a girl. And without any further ado, we are having a GIRL! 2mon
  •   noogie_ Awe!! I'm so happy for you both!!!! 2mon
  •   mcbrentano Yaaayyy for little girls!!! congrats!! So happy for you and @nickallenphoto! 2mon
  •   andreastein10 @meganxallen I'm so happy for you! This little girl is already so loved! Yay for Paisley having a little friend 2mon
  •   playdatequeen @meganxallen You are going to be the best little Mommy and I couldn't be happier for you! I can't wait to visit and babysit. 2mon
  •   laurenxbritt You'll be the best mommy! So excited for your little one!! 2mon
  •   liblo21 A girl!!!perfection!!!! 2mon
  •   kaceymbarrett So happy for you guys! 2mon
  •   haddygrace Just seeing this!!!!! Congrats!!!!! She's going to be beautiful!!!!!! 1w

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meganxallen This little lady has been with me in some dark moments and has also seen me at my best. I love her to pieces and love that I got to see her sweet face yesterday. "Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth." Hosea 6:3 2mon
  •   rachjmcg Blessed to have you in my life. 👭 2mon

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meganxallen Yesterday was a magical day. We celebrated 10 years of being together and found out the gender of our little babe. Can't wait to share with everyone on Sunday!
Taking all guesses!
2mon

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meganxallen This sums up the last 24 hours. Laughter and fun. #whiletheparentsareaway 2mon

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meganxallen Happy Birthday to my pops! He brings laughter and wisdom where ever he goes. He makes me laugh so hard. Today we honor you!

Doing what he loves! Movies on the plaza!
2mon
  •   rachjmcg Happy birthday!!!! 2mon
  •   noogie_ Happy birthday to Gary!!! 2mon

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