I had the joy of meeting and photographing this beautiful family this September. We planned for the session to take place in a beautiful overgrown field of ivy & wildflowers, only to find that it had been mowed down. Not to worry though, this sweet family was ready and willing to make due in the tall grass and pretty light. Their gorgeous girls were so wonderful to work with, smiling away full of hugs! How adorable are they in their matching dresses?!
June 27, 2014 is a day that forever changed three lives. It’s the day a couple’s dream of parenthood was realized. It’s the day their son was born, a day they will never forget. A day for which they are so grateful. In Mom’s own words:
“The journey to this day began in March of 2010. We were so eager and excited to begin a new season of life. Having a baby seemed so natural in the progression of our relationship and life together. Until it did not come so naturally.
By January 2012, we decided to reach out for medical help with the understanding we would quickly move to adoption if that was where God led us. We did not want to undergo invasive infertility treatments that could end in more loss and heartache. By July 2012 adoption became clear, and we began to walk the path that God had made for us.
From January 2012 to January 2014 our life was not…normal. We spent 15 total months apart, Ranger School, deployment to Afghanistan, two surgeries, many appointments, countless blood tests. It was the most unnatural time leading up to our biggest joy. We ached, cried, prayed, but mostly hoped for a child. God grew us individually and as a couple. He prepared our hearts for the real new season to come. He had a plan and purpose for our struggles.
In January 2014, we were matched with a baby boy who would never be our child. We again were aching again. Six days after our failed match, we were matched again. This new baby boy was to be born later in the Summer. We nervously continued praying this was it. Praying that God was faithful in His promise of parenthood to us.
“Bear” was born at 32 weeks on a Friday afternoon. We rushed to be with him. The moment we met our son was surreal and beautiful and cannot be compared to anything else in this life. Every moment of pain over the last 4 years melted away and became clear. The path that God had chosen for us was special and necessary to get us to that moment. The moment our family was created.
Looking back, our journey was long and hard. There were moments of desperation, of confusion. There were days we didn’t think we could keep walking. In the end, God used a seemingly unnatural creation of family to gift to us the most natural love we will ever know.”
Neda’s Notions Photography specializes in newborn, baby, child, family and maternity photography in Crestview, FL and surrounding areas including Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Destin, Baker and Laurel Hill.
The family has a remarkable story of patience and love. After years of infertility they are blessed with their new addition. They prayed long and hard and stayed true to their FAITH. It was a long journey and finally they get to bring this sweet baby into their family through adoption. I am privileged to share their new images of their expanding family with you. Thank you http://www.redthreadsessions.com/ for bringing us together.
Estelle Zaret is a lifestyle portrait photographer based in Melbourne, FL with the love for children and families and bringing it all together with her portraits. http://www.ez-photography.com.