Kelley contacted me a few months ago. She and her husband were nearing the end of a two-year journey to bring their daughter home from Ethiopia. This was the first time that I had the honor and pleasure of being at the airport as a new family finally gets to come home. My GOODNESS, was it special. I think I was crying happy tears as much as everyone else!!
Here is the “W” family story in their own words:
“For at least ten years, I (Kelley) felt a burden for the fatherless. Every so often, I would mention this to Jeff and he would reply something like, “That’s nice, honey, but I don’t have the same burden and I don’t believe God would ask you to do something this big that he wouldn’t also ask me to do; He’s not the God of confusion. I’ll pray about it.”. I’d wait a few more months and mention it again; usually receiving a very similar response.
Eventually, I decided that the burden was mine and so I had to do something about it. Obviously, I couldn’t adopt on my own, but there were things that I could do, so I began to look for those and do them. This culminated in my sister and I signing up for a trip to Ethiopia with Ordinary Hero in 2011. At the same time that I decided TO move, I also decided NOT TO nag my husband any longer and, as He often does, he began a work in him as well.
We are so thankful that he completed this work by bringing Yenenesh into our family.”
I had so much fun with this amazing family! They contacted me around Christmas to schedule their Red Thread Session when they officially adopted and welcomed Miss Iysis Grace into their family. They opted to wait until I returned from maternity leave, and I’m so glad they did so we could enjoy the beautiful spring weather.
Here is the story of Grace…
Jason and Mindy were married in 2005, and had their first child, Owen in 2009. After circumstances made having another biological child complicated, they began exploring other options, and God led their hearts to foster care. Seeing the great need for safe and loving families for these children, they became foster parents in 2011. In December of that year, they received a call that a 17 month old girl needed a foster family. When they opened the front door that cold December night, they had no idea they were opening their hearts forever! That sweet girl quickly became a part of their family! After 2 years of fostering, Jason, Mindy, and Owen were so excited to make sweet Iysis Grace a part of their family forever. She was officially adopted on December 23, 2013, and will go down in the books as the best Christmas present ever!
Amy Larson is a modern portrait photographer specializing in newborn, family, and childhood imagery.
She serves her community in Knoxville, TN and local adoptive families in her area.
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