Rachel and I have been friends since elementary school, so being blessed with baby boys (my last, her first) less than three months apart from each other has been so sweet. Motherhood suits her so well, and she has entered it with an incredible amount of grace. My heart is so full watching her and Phil become a family of three!
Leo is seven weeks old today, and I'm fiiiiinally getting around to sharing a few of his newborn photos. He's already changed so much (and has put on about 7 pounds, ha!). We are so in love with him, and he's the perfect addition to our family.
This family session, along with David and Janet's story about adopting their daughter Haylee, were recently featured on The Fount Collective. I was truly blessed to be able to work with this family and to play a very small part in celebrating their story of adoption. And because Janet tells their story so beautifully, I am going to stop talking and you can read her wonderful words for yourself below. :)
"David and I joke that we never do anything the easy way. God is often giving us opportunities to grow! Thus, when we started thinking about adoption, we expected it to be difficult. We were nervous and it honestly felt like an invasive process. At our first adoption meeting we went to, we left crying, feeling overwhelmed.
After about a year, we finally gathered the courage to go to another agency’s intro meeting and God transformed our fears into peace. It was clear that this was the path for our family. And, to our surprise, nothing in our few short years together has ever gone so smoothly!
We started the process in April 2016 and were matched with Haylee’s birth family in June. We met them face to face in August and hit it off. We relaxed as we all realized we were feeling the same way: nervous, excited and praying to make a good impression!
In September, our beautiful Haylee Kay was born. As soon as we saw her, I just started weeping. We could not believe she was ours. We were blessed to be in the room for her birth and be the first to hold her and feed her. She is a sweet, easy going girl and she brings so much joy to our lives.
But, Haylee was not the only gift we received. By her birth, our entire family grew. Haylee's birth family (parents, sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandma, etc.) welcomed us into their lives, celebrated with us, and love Haylee deeply. We look forward to our relationship growing with them in the years to come.
We know every adoption story is different and feel so blessed by the way ours was written. We pray that our story brings hope to others looking into adopting!"
One of my favorite things about photographing couples is that each one is completely different from any other, and no session is ever the same. With Amanda and David, there was constant laughter and goofiness, and the fun that they have with each other is so easy to see in their photos. I was also impressed by these two because the day of their session was actually one of the coldest days we had all winter long, and they made it look nothing but wonderful!