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Blakely Jo

Hello 2016!  Ok, so I'm just about a month and a half late ... but better late than never, right??  One of my goals for 2016 is to be a better blogger ... and I couldn't think of a better way to kick off the new year with this darling girl, Blakely Jo. .

Blakely was the sweetest little thing, and was so content in the warm studio ... she made my job way too easy!  During newborn sessions I invite parents to bring something special that they would like their new baby photographed with.  Blakely's mom and dad asked that we incorporate a handmade blanket that was a gift to them, and as soon as I saw it I knew exactly what I was going to do with it :)  This family loves everything outdoors and Blakely is sure to fall right in line hunting, fishing, hiking, snowmobiling, the list goes on ... so the elk print blanket couldn't have been more perfect!

Peter and Kaitlyn, thank you so much for sharing your darling girl with me.  I cherished our time together, and cannot wait to watch Blakely grow up as the newest addition to your wonderful family!

xo, Jessie

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Hembree Family | Bellingham Family Photographer

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Hembree Family | Bellingham Family Photographer

This sweet family is such a joy to photograph, and I feel so fortunate that photography has brought them into my life.  These boys are so lucky to have Sara and Chad as their parents, and the love they share shines through in every picture.  This session was an extra special one, as we brought along a small bouquet to honor Chad and Sara's little girl who was born sleeping.  She is, and always will be such a huge part of this family, and letting her spirit shine through was so moving for me.  I am beyond grateful for the relationships I have created with my clients,  and am blessed to call Sara my friend. .

xo, Jessie

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Harris Family | Bellingham Family Photographer

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Harris Family | Bellingham Family Photographer

Spending time with the Harris family is always such a treat, and the weather for our session could not have been more beautiful!  The Pacific Northwest isn't always kind to us in the Fall ... but thankfully mother nature cooperated (and then some) and this September evening had me clinging to Summer sun, warmth, and light!  These brothers are just the sweetest duo, and they kept me busy throwing rocks, running races, and laughing all session long! .

Thank you Bobbie and Jake for sharing your precious family with me, I can't wait to see you all again!

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xo, Jessie

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Barborinas Family | Bellingham Family Photographer

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Barborinas Family | Bellingham Family Photographer

As summer slows slinks away, and we begin to turn our heads to the fall and winter, I am so excited to be scheduling more family sessions.  I have to admit however, I may go kicking and screaming into fall this year, not because I don't love it ... but because I am not ready to let go of the gorgeous summer we were blessed with in the Pacific Northwest.  Oh well, the days pass by and I'll eventually come to grips with the changing seasons. .

Speaking of days passing by, I feel like it was yesterday that we were doing Lucas's 6 month session found here ... so when Adele contacted me about doing his 1 year pictures I nearly spit out my water; how can it be that in a blink of an eye, this little guy is ONE?!  Not to mention big sister Ashlynn who is already FOUR!  These kiddos are so close in age to my own babies, that I can't help but draw on the similarities between them ... one and four are such fun ages, and boy did we have fun at this photo session!

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I so enjoy each time that I see the Barborinas Family!  Thank you Zach and Adele for sharing your family with me, am already looking forward to our next session :)

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xo, Jessie

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Annie | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

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Annie | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

Oh my gosh, sweet Annie ... I just adore you!  Annie's beautiful mama is my baby cousin (seriously ... I used to play house and use Nellie and her twin sister as my real-life doll babies), and I couldn't be happier for this new little family.  I was so excited when they said they wanted to drive 2+ hours to Bellingham for a newborn session, and for the record ... they seriously made the whole traveling with an infant look way too easy!  I so, so enjoyed my time snuggling this precious new addition to the family while catching up with Nellie and Andrew.  If one thing is for certain Annie Girl ... you are one blessed little baby, you have the most amazing parents who love you to the moon and back! .

Thank you Nellie and Andrew for sharing your little darling with me ... I can't wait to see you all again very soon!

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xo, Jessie

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Hattie | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

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Hattie | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

It was such a treat to have this sweet pea in the studio for her newborn session, she was such a sleepy little darling!  Hattie's family are life-long friends of the Bennett family, so during her session we spent a lot of time reminiscing of summer's gone by at the beach cabin ... and talking about future friendships of this next generation.  I could not be happier that my own kiddos get to grow up alongside Hattie and her cousins at the beach cabin, it makes my mama heart so happy! .

xo, Jessie

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Dante | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

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Dante | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

Dante's session was such a special one for me (broken record alert ... I think I say that at every session!) Not only was Dante's big sister one of my very first newborn sessions just two short years ago in which I collaborated with two of my favorites Kamriell Welty and Jennifer Morrow; but also do you remember the little darling Presley that I blogged about here?  Well, Dante and Presley are cousins, born only 3 days apart!  So naturally, I begged asked Presley's parents to bring her by the studio at the beginning of the session so I could get a few cousin pictures (I may or may not have pretended they were twins :) but that is neither here nor there).  Dante was such a sweet boy for his session and was happy as a clam snuggling with his big sister Giana.  I know for certain that those two will be the best of friends growing up! .

I am so excited that my little business is now in a place where I am beginning to see 2nd children being born to the families in which I photograph.  It is wonderful watching families grow right alongside Jessie Bennett Photography.  I am so happy with the growth that I have seen in my work over the last couple of years, and I look forward to continuing to challenge myself with each new and returning client.

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Thank you Caitlin and Rory for giving me the opportunity to capture your sweet little family of four!

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xo, Jessie

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Eli | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

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Eli | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

Little Eli came to visit me just shy of his 3 week birthday, and was as sweet as can be during his session!  Not often do I get newborns over the 2 week mark, as that is generally their most sleepy time in life (well ... maybe until the teenage years) but Eli was as good as gold and slept like a champ through the entire 3 hours we were together.  I had such a wonderful time getting to know Eli's parents and was so touched when his mama fought back tears while I posed him ... the pride in her eyes was so, so endearing.  Seeing and interacting with new parents and their newborns is such a gift, and I feel blessed every day to call this my job.  Capturing these moments for these new families and giving them photographic memories to last a lifetime is truly the most amazing thing! .

xo, Jessie

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Presley | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

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Presley | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

Oh sweet Presley ... the newest addition to second generation friendships for my kiddos :) .

This little snuggly thing was an absolute dream to have in the studio for her newborn session.  She was so sleepy, so relaxed, and that hair ... a photographer's dream!  Presley's daddy is one of my husband's oldest friends, and his new little family of three has just moved back to Bellingham.  We are so excited to have them close by for play dates, birthday parties, and bbq's ... to watch our kids grow up together, just like their daddy's did so many years ago.  As a photographer I get so, SO excited to book a newborn session ... they are easily one of my favorites, and getting to spend the day with friends makes it even better!

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Miles and Aimee, I could not be happier for you two.  Your sweet Presley is such a little blessing in so many people's lives, and I am so, so grateful that I get to be part of her life.

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xo, Jessie

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Isak | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

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Isak | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

I had such a wonderful time getting to know Isak and his family during his newborn session.  He was such a sweet and calm little baby, and was happiest curled up into a tight little ball ... I'm guessing it was his favorite position inside his mama's belly.  Having the opportunity to snuggle these newborns, and document their first days is such a blessing.  As a parent I've heard it a million times, and I think I've probably said it a billion times ... time goes way too fast, and capturing these first days for a new family is truly amazing.  Each newborn session is so unique, but the love shared between parents and child is a constant reminder of how beautiful life, in all it's stages, really is!  I feel so fortunate to give these families the gift of photography ... and am so grateful to them for allowing me to be a part of this very precious time in their lives. .

xo, Jessie

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Nora | Bellingham Newborn Photography

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Nora | Bellingham Newborn Photography

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  Nora was such a darling during her photo session; and it was so much fun snuggling her just 4 short days after she was born.  I was blessed to be able to photograph Nora's birth store, which you can read about here, and having her in the studio for newborn photos was so special.  I have been so blessed to get to know this family over the past couple months, as Megan and I were in constant contact in the weeks and days leading up to little Nora's birth.  I am so glad that they asked me to capture this very exciting time as they grew from a family of three to four.  Big brother Henry was just as cute as can be, and I have no doubt that he and Nora will share a very special sibling bond.

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xo, Jessie

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Addie | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

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Addie | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

This session was a special one for me, as I have known Addie's mama since the first day I hopped on the school bus in kindergarten.  There is just something so amazing about watching childhood friends become parents for the first time; although part of me feels like we aren't old enough to be entering into this new phase in our lives ... shouldn't we all still be playing on the playground at recess?!  Parenthood is such a beautiful thing, and spending a few hours with these families after they have welcomed a new baby into the world is such a gift.  Addie was an absolute dream to photograph, so sleepy, so curly, and that hair ... so, so darling. .

Thank you Stephanie and Greg for the opportunity to snuggle your sweet little Addie; I look forward to watching her grow and cannot wait for our paths to cross again soon!

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xo, Jessie

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Dash | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

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Dash | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

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Oh sweet little Dash, you stole a piece of my heart during your newborn session! .

I was so excited to photograph a newborn boy, as lately it seemed that I was on a serious girl streak ... and Dash didn't disappoint.  Before his session, Dash's mom had mentioned to me what an alert and expressive newborn he was; and she hoped to capture some of his sweet little facial expressions.  As a newborn photographer, generally I strive for a sleep-filled session ... so this was a welcome change.  Little Dash was wide awake to start the session, and instead of shushing, swaddling, and swaying we got straight to work!  I had so much fun getting to know this sweet family, it was like I'd known them for ages ... the conversation was so easy, and the photographic subjects beautiful inside and out.

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Thank you Stephanie and Kevin for sharing your darling Dash with me, I was so blessed to have spent the afternoon with you, and truly cannot wait to see you all again soon :)

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xo, Jessie

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Remi | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

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Remi | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

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Having Remi in the studio for her newborn session was such a treat!  It never ceases to amaze me how quickly newborns change, and getting to document Remi's time in the hospital at just a few hours old (which can be seen here) and then again 11 days later at her newborn session really reminded me of how quickly it all goes!  This little gal didn't want to close her eyes at the beginning of the session ... I think she already knows that as the youngest of three girls, there's no time to sleep for fear of missing out on something :)  However as the session went on, she decided to cave to a good ol' nap and was the perfect little model! .

Thank you again to Rory and Tricia for sharing your beautiful family with me.  I look forward to seeing you all again very soon!

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xo, Jessie

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Penelope | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

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Penelope | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

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I think I have been dreaming about this session since the moment I found out that Daniel and Jessica were expecting their first child, and the anticipation only grew as they neared their due date.  There was just one very small detail that needed to be ironed out before I could get this little gal in front of my camera ... you see, they live in southern California.  With an early May due date, I decided that a quick trip over the Memorial Day long weekend would work out perfectly.  However little Penelope had us biting our nails as her due date came and went ... I was starting to think that my quick newborn session trip was going to end up as a quick maternity session trip.  Alas, Penelope decided she was ready for the world and was born 9 days past her due date and just 3 days before my trip! .

When I walked into Daniel and Jessica's house and saw Penelope sleeping peacefully in her crib, I was overcome with gratitude.  For Daniel and Jessica who welcomed me into their lives the moment I met them many years ago (not to mention their home just 4 days after their daughter was born), for this 'job' that allows me to capture these important moments in life, for my husband who graciously encouraged me to make the trip south, and for friendships ... old and new.  I have mentioned before how lucky I got in the friend in-law department (you know, my husband's friends that through marriage I acquired) and this trip just made me even more grateful for these amazing people that my life has been blessed with.

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Daniel and Jessica, thank you for a wonderful visit.  Luke and I are so happy to share the amazing ride that is parenting with you two.

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xo, Jessie

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Hello Remi! | Skagit Newborn Photographer

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Hello Remi! | Skagit Newborn Photographer

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I have always loved visiting new babies, so it is no wonder that Hello World sessions are some of my absolute favorites!  Those first few hours with a new baby are so beautiful; love is palpable as new parents quietly study every tiny detail of their child, and new bonds are forged as siblings meet for the first time.  My session with Remi in the hospital just 10 short hours after she was born was all of these things and more, and I was honored to capture these firsts for this beautiful family.  With two amazing parents and two darling big sisters, this little girl is so blessed.  Thank you Tricia and Jory for sharing this very special day with me, this is a session I won't soon forget. .

xo, Jessie

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The Pulley Family | Bellingham Family Photographer

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The Pulley Family | Bellingham Family Photographer

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When these three sisters contacted me about doing a family session as a gift to their parents, I was so excited!  Not only was I lucky enough to capture this beautiful, growing family; I was able to catch up with old friends.  I have known this group since grade school, and many of the memories I have of school musicals and bus rides include the girls. .

We decided to do an extended family session at their property and I had to chuckle when I received the driving directions which read 'You'll turn down a gravel road that you think leads to no where ... just keep going, I promise we'll be out there'.  And I must admit, about a mile into the winding gravel road I thought I had taken a wrong turn.  Shortly thereafter the trees parted and I caught a glimpse of the most darling little cabin sitting at the edge of a beautiful lake complete with docks and diving board!  Yes folks, I do believe I have been introduced to a new little slice of Pacific Northwest heaven.

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The conversation was wonderful, the weather was perfect, and the scenery gorgeous ... I didn't want the session to end!  I could have stayed all day, snapping away as I watched this beautiful family interact with each other.  I am so grateful for the gift of photography, and feel blessed that it allows me to connect (and reconnect) with amazing people like the Pulleys (and Stevens, Pendergrast, and Parrett families).  Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to share in the joy that is your family!

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... and I was only half kidding about randomly showing up at the cabin with my family this summer, consider this your warning ;)

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xo, Jessie

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Happy Birthday Deacon! | Whatcom Baby Photographer

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Happy Birthday Deacon! | Whatcom Baby Photographer

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Deacon is a year old today ... a YEAR people.  He is basically about to pack up and move away to college (cue the melodrama ... and the waterworks).

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In all seriousness though, I'm not sure how we got here.  I can honestly say that I feel like he was born yesterday ... I was tracking my contractions on my nifty little app, alerting family and friends that 'it's go time!', and  getting my last minute Masters picks submitted for the office pool (no joke).  I think it was a mid-contraction frantic pick that cemented my place at the bottom of the leaderboard (no hard feelings though, I got the best prize that Masters weekend had to offer).  I have contemplated this blog post for awhile now, not really sure which direction to go ... so forgive me if I wander.

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As we come to the end of Deacon's 1st chapter, part of me feels like we haven't been here before - like we are moving into uncharted territory.  But of course we have, with Farah just 2 and a half years ago (a mere 952 days, but who's counting).  The day that you look forward to with excitement and anticipation, but hope and pray will stay off in the distance for awhile because it is also bittersweet.  The day your baby turns one.

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Time is such a puzzling thing.  How can it feel as though this tiny human was born yesterday, yet at the same time seem as though they have been a part of your life forever?  I keep going back to the definition of a year ... 'the period of 365 days, used for reckoning time in ordinary affairs' and can only come to one conclusion ... Google is obviously not a mother :)  A year is so much more than that!  It is 365 days of self discovery, 365 days of a 'new normal' that occasionally borders on pure insanity (that you wouldn't trade for anything), 365 days filled with laughter as well as tears, 365 days of experiencing the world through the eyes of a child, and 365 amazing days of unadulterated joy and unconditional love.  Days that will never repeat themselves, except in the spirit of memories; locked tight and held safe in your heart for a lifetime.

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It is inexplicable how fast it goes, and with each passing day I feel like it goes a little faster.  However I take comfort in knowing that we have tomorrow.  Another day of discovery, another day of laughter (and most likely some tears), another day experiencing the world through the eyes of our children, and another amazing day of unadulterated joy and unconditional love.  As for yesterday?  Well, we have the memories - a blessing for which I am forever grateful!  I am so thankful for this little life of ours, for our beautiful and awe-inspiring children, and for a chance to share our joy with each and every person who is a part of our children's stories.  So thank you ... all of you.  You have watched our family grow, supporting and loving us along the way ... truly, thank you.

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Happy, Happy 1st Birthday to our 'Mister Man', 'Buster Boy', 'Deaky Deaky Deaky'.  Our darling boy whose belly laugh is infectious, loves his sissy the most, is happiest with any sort of ball in his hand, runs and climbs stairs like he's been doing it for years (I have recently pulled 4 grey hairs out of my head, coincidence?  I don't think so ... ), and whose smile is almost too big for the 6-9 month clothes he currently wears :)

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Thank you Deacon, for the last 365 days, thank you for the next 365, and the next, and the next 366 (I know there is a Leap Year in there somewhere), and thank you sweet boy, for a lifetime of memories!  We love you Deacon Butler!

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xo, Jessie

 

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Lucas | Whatcom Baby Photographer

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Lucas | Whatcom Baby Photographer

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Sweet Lucas, you are beyond adorable and photographing you was such a treat!  I feel like I have known this little guy since before he was born!  Well, technically maybe I have ...you see, I ran into his mama at Target one afternoon and after we chatted for a bit we parted ways to go about our shopping.  As I was heading towards the checkout line, I definitely caught sight of her ... in the maternity/active wear section ... we met eyes, and in that instant I knew ... she wasn't picking up a pair of yoga pants (well maybe maternity yoga pants) and that a little baby was on the way!  Of course I had to wait for an actual announcement a month or so later, but alas my suspicions were confirmed and here we are with a little Lucas :) .

Six months is such a fun age, and getting to photograph this milestone is such a gift; especially for a special family like this one.  Our time together was full of sweet smiles and peek-a-boo games (and maybe just a few tears ... tummy time is for the birds people).  I was so glad to be able to capture Lucas and big sister Ashlynn's adorable bond, there is something so incredible about a sibling relationship ... and it's apparent that big sister is Lucas's favorite :)

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Thank you Zach and Adele for sharing your darling family with me, I can't wait to see you all again :)

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xo, Jessie

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