I love Blessingways. LOVE them.
For those who don't know what a Blessingway is - it's similar to a baby shower except it's more about mama than it is about baby. Traditions include bringing a bead to create a necklace for the mama-to-be, also creating matching string bracelets for all of her friends to wear until the baby is born. The string is passed in a circle as each friend gives well wishes for the guest of honor. It's the sweetest thing. Also, guests take home a candle which is to be lit when mama goes into labor.
I was honored to photograph this mama as she prepares for baby #4.