I have been wanting to visit Salvation Mountain in Niland, California for literally ten years, and we finally made the trip! When I found out I was pregnant, I knew we needed to capture some maternity pictures there and I’m so glad we did! I know I will treasure these pictures of me and baby girl for years to come, and I hope to print one and hang in her nursery. 🙂
To be honest, it was ridiculously hot here, and being pregnant only made the temperature that more uncomfortable! The 105 degree heat and piercing desert sun made it hard to really enjoy exploring this fascinating place, but we did our best to make the most of it! Also, they were repainting a good portion of it, so a lot was unfortunately blocked off! You can read more about the history of Salvation Mountain here. It is literally made of hay, trees, tires, salvaged finds and paint!
Day to day, I don’t realize just how much baby girl is growing! Then I look at these pictures and I think, “Wow, I look really pregnant!” Watching my body change throughout this pregnancy has been so exciting, beautiful and surreal. Even more exciting is knowing baby girl is blossoming. At our 19 week anatomy scan, she was already 12 ounces! We are exactly 21 weeks in these pictures, which means we are just over half way to her first breath! The days are long, but the months are short as we anxiously await her arrival.
Surprisingly, I feel entirely calm and optimistic about the entire birth experience, as I only focus on how amazing it will be when I get to hold her in my arms for the very first time. I dream about her all of the time and can only imagine the amount of love and joy she will bring to our lives. She already is my most favorite part of life and I haven’t even met her yet! I live for feeling her little kicks and wiggles. Feeling her move is by far one of the best feelings in the world!
I’m so very grateful to be carrying this little miracle of life. I find myself being reborn in her beginnings. Shedding layers… Growing closer to who God intended me to be. Shifting my thoughts on what’s really important. Finding a softening in my heart, and a letting go of the past.
I look toward the promise of a new future, with new hopes, new dreams…Finding my salvation in the beating of her heart and the spirit in her eyes.