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meganxallen Another photo from my sweet shower on Saturday. So glad I could share it with these women that will be my daughters grandmas. I wish that the great grandmothers could be here as well. 3d

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meganxallen Today I had the most beautiful and sweet baby shower. Surrounded by women who have not only been here to celebrate the gift of my baby but also grieve with me as I walked through infertility. I am so grateful for the gift I have received from these women who have loved me and prayed for me. I was overwhelmed with thanksgiving for having this experience that I wasn't sure I would ever receive. 5d

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meganxallen Just a glimpse of us beginning our nesting for the arrival of baby Allen! 1w

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meganxallen Since my mom was in NYC for Mother's Day we still had to celebrate so we celebrated the only way we know how! Brunch and some Pickin'. 2w

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meganxallen Got to celebrate this beauty turning ONE today! Can't get over how fast time has flown by. Isn't she perfection??! 2w

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meganxallen On the road. #latergram 2w

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meganxallen This hunk is having a birthday today. He has enriched my life. I can't imagine not having him by my side.
He is the only one that gets me laughing so hard to the point of uncontrollable hiccups. And puts up with me watching the bachelor (secretly I think he likes it) but above all he strives to point me back to Jesus and His finished work on the cross. I am so grateful!
Here is to you love! Now let's have a baby!
2w

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meganxallen Not sure where to begin. @rondagtano has always put her kids needs before her own, even now when we are all fully grown! Thankful for such a sweet example of what motherhood looks like. Excited to have her teach me as I walk down this journey soon. Before she left for New York, she gave me pink roses to celebrate my first Mother's Day. I am a lucky girl. Love you mama! 3w

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meganxallen It's that time of the month again where we turn that closed sign to open. Come see us tomorrow.
Flowers by the talented @wildhillflowers
4w

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meganxallen N E W Y O R K // photo credit: @mattgtano 1mon

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meganxallen Y e s t e r d a y // #bridalmarketnyc 1mon

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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. 1mon

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meganxallen New rule: snow cones for the remainder of this pregnancy! #28weeks #brookylnflea 1mon

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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.
1mon
  •   midwestoilgirl love you! 1mon
  •   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. 1mon
  •   adelaidehomesewn Majorly great hubby. Even better God. 1mon
  •   amyakariotis I can't wait to meet #babyallen 1mon
  •   liblo21 I can so relate to this moment and letter️ so beautiful! 1mon
  •   ceram.vic Ughhhhhh I love you guys too much. 1mon
  •   lacymari3 my heart feels like it just got a huge bear hug. Thankyou for sharing! 1mon
  •   elizabethselders Needed to read this today. 1mon

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

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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.
2mon

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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
2mon

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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. 2mon

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