Seventeen months ago I was writing a letter to my best friend’s newborn daughter. If you read that letter, you know Kate’s daughter Elena and I share something special in common. We were both placed in the arms of our forever adoptive families on the same day (34 years apart, of course). If you’d like to read what I wrote and see Elena’s newborn photos, you can check that out here.
This is the story 17 months later and that little baby now has a sister!
To understand just how incredible this story is, you’ll have to know a little bit of the backstory. Five years ago I moved away from Wisconsin, leaving a host of family and friends. One person I was particularly close to was Kate. She’s the type of friend that always has the right word to say when my heart is confused or crushed or elated. Even with the distance, we still talk each week and see each other any chance we get. God decided he would connect us in another way- that we would both have babies born in Texas.
Seventeen months ago, Kate and Jon welcomed Elena Faith into their family. While waiting for the state to pass their paperwork on so they could leave Texas with their baby, they stayed with us in our home. We got to be with Kate and Jon as they spent their first week as parents, loving on their sweet daughter. It was amazing to be with my friends who were called so clearly for adoption, wrap their arms around their baby.
This summer, God called them again. Kate and Jon got notice that Elena was going to have a birth-sibling. So in July, Kate, Jon, Elena and Kate’s mom packed up and headed back to Texas. There were a few challenges along the way, including a flat tire on the way to the delivery room (yikes!). Despite the trials, on August 7th their youngest daughter Grace came into this world safe, loved and cherished. God had planned this all along. A life filled with Faith. A life filled with Grace.
Since they were staying at our home to wait out the paperwork again, Elena and my son Asa got lots of time to play, sing, bathe, eat side by side. It was neat seeing them live life and laugh together.
I am a full-time photographer and mom living in Grapevine, TX, a historical town nestled between Dallas and Fort Worth. My life has been touched over and over by the power of adoption. As a young child, my parents told the story of my own adoption and of how I was chosen. My mission is to help tell these stories, so that years from now, children can look back and know how very special it is to be apart of a family put together through adoption.