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!