Sunday, May 13, 2012


My guess is if you've landed HERE today for the first time, it's because we have finally went public with our big news in the most fun way I can imagine- pictures!!

I met our photographer- Carissa at Heart & Seoul Photography- a few months prior to our application submission. We met in an online forum for photographers, and quickly became friends. I have always loved doing 'announcement' photography- announcing a pregnancy, a baby's gender, or an engagement- and I mentioned that I would love to do a session to 'announce' our adoption to the world when we were ready. It was divine intervention that she had planned a trip that took her directly through our hometown in April! As an adoptive mom herself, she has been very aware of the process & the emotion that goes into the adoption and captured our news in a way that I can only describe as perfect. Seeing the images just makes my heart happy- I have no other way to describe it.

She was there for the moment we told Madigan she would be a big sister. I love those pictures! We are so blessed to have already met so many supporting and loving people along the way.

If you want to know more about the back story, you can keep scrolling down the page and read up. The cliff's note's version of this adoption is that we have always felt like adoption is 'right' for our family, and we took the first big step in January 2012 by applying to Children of All Nations (CAN). We found an amazing social worker to write our home study, and one million, bazillion notarized forms later, we are almost completely done with our paper-chase and will soon be moving on to the hardest part yet: waiting. We are so excited at the prospect of bringing home an Ethiopian son to join our family! The process can take up to 2 years (or more!) and we are committed to this for the long haul. So dig in with us, and check back for updates. Leave us some love & support & words of encouragement. Say a prayer or two for us along the way.

Happy Mother's Day!


  1. Supporting you, following you, loving you every step of the way.

  2. Here for you all the way. Can't wait to hear the news that you are going to pick up your son! <3

  3. Congratulations Sarah, to you and your family. I'm so excited for you. Can't wait for you to bring him home!

  4. What a beautiful journey and beautiful photo documentation of your announcement. Love you! We are so beyond happy for you and are excited to follow your posts!

  5. Congrats Brett, Sarah, and Madigan!!! You guys are wonderful parents and this little boy is very lucky to get you as his parents and Ms. Madigan as his big sister!

  6. SARAH!!! OK I hope I didn't miss this new blog somewhere along the way because this is so exciting! You are my first blog friend to adopt from Ethiopia that knew me before I adopted from Ethiopia--does that make sense? Meaning: I've met other adoptive families who are adopting from Ethiopia but I only met them BECAUSE we were...anyway, I digress. I'm so excited for you and your new adventure :) Let me know if you have any questions, I know the adoption process is a roller coaster...


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