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…I’ll like you for always. As long as I am living my baby you’ll be.” These are the words of a song in a well known children’s book that I have read many times to my own sons. And it seems a well fitted title for long awaited blog post.

You might remember these guys. Yes! My folks. My crew. My back-up plan. The kind of people you can call at 3 am to pick you up from anywhere while it’s snowing…. 🙂

Well, they have a wonderful story to tell. With a happy ending and all. So here in my sister-in-law’s own words…

“Reunited!
It is really hard to put into words all the emotions that I have had over the past week. I want to share this though in case there is another girl out there that might be facing the same thing. 32 years ago, I made the most difficult decision I have ever made in my life. At the age of 16 I learned I was pregnant. No this most certainly wasn’t the ideal situation, as no one wants to ever deal with that. I was very involved in my high school and in the 80’s, when something like this happened, it was discussed and people had a great deal of things to say, most of which were pretty cruel. So, I left Bowling Green and went to live in Louisville in a home for unwed mothers through Catholic Charities. (Catholic Charities does a great deal of awesome things and adoption is one of them.) I was there for about 5 months. While living there, we were required to have counseling on a weekly basis, which I hated at first, but ended up being the best thing I could have done because it enabled me to make the very best decision possible. All along, I knew my sweet child needed to be with a mother and a father if at all possible, so I knew adoption would be best for him. There was no way I could care for my child the way he deserved. I only had a summer job at the time and how was I going to provide for him. When he was born, although I knew what was best for him, actually seeing him, holding him, feeding him, etc, it made the decision much harder than I could have ever imagined. I had my precious son for three very precious days and my mom and I made a lot pictures. In the end though, I knew that what was best for him was to let him go. I was able to give him a letter and a small gift that I was told he would receive when he was 18. The only thing I knew about the family he was going to was that they had a home in Louisville and that they had a daughter, that was also adopted, that was almost 5 when they got him. I was also told that I could keep my information updated with Catholic Charities and if he ever wanted to find me, he could. I have always been at peace with my decision and of course I always hoped he would find me, but if for some reason he didn’t, that was ok too because I knew, in the end, I did what was best for him. So last Saturday I received a letter from Catholic Charities that he was looking for me. What a complete shock for me and my family! Although, Rv and my sweet girls have always known about this, we just never thought this day would come. From that moment on, there has been every emotion there is and more! I got the pleasure of meeting Alan’s parents and what a truly amazing couple they are! I have spent some very special time with them sharing pictures and stories. I always knew God would take care of him, but he truly couldn’t have given him better parents! Our whole family has welcomed him with open arms and it has been way more than I could have ever hoped for.

Again I wanted to share this because there are so many couples that are unable to have children but have so much love to give. My hope is that if there is someone out there struggling with this very thing, that they will consider this. No not all adoptions are like this one. There are so many options including open adoptions. For those that have been adopted and have found or wanting to find their parents, if you are able to connect, for whatever reason, know that you are very, very special and loved and that is why you are where you are.

Thank you to each and everyone of you that posted, text and/or commented on our pictures. The support has been overwhelming and very humbling. God Bless to all!”

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Last Saturday I got to hang out with these sweet guys. We explored the trails of Lost River Cave while pulling the little ones along in the wagon. And just to say: Moms and dads of toddlers and preschoolers are heroes in my book. I remember it well. The diaper bags, the constant watching of those “independent”, unsteady feet, the tantrums. I remember days without showers, cause I never got that minute.

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Sweet snuggles and hugs and sticky kisses.

Thank you for letting me come along and capture this season in you all’s  life.  Your family is precious!

And here is your sneak peek!

 

 

 

A couple of weekends ago, Rina and I photographed these folks. Grandma and grandpa, uncles, aunts and cousins came together to create some memories. I am so glad we got to meet you guys and here is your sneak peek:dsc_1495

During Fall break I got to photograph these guys. I have known them for a long time and if you want to stroll down memory lane with me check out this and this blog post.

And yes, these are the same kiddos. Where does the time go?

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Last week I photographed these sweet guys. They bid on this session as part of the “Adoption in July” fundraiser, held by a couple of local families who have adopted and are in the process of adopting little ones from China. So while taking pics we chatted about our friend’s adoption journey and it’s obvious that many people in our community are making adoptions for families possible. There are plenty of ways to help: Like giving our time, skill or money . No one is useless. We all have resources.

So, while I got to meet new people, a little boy from China got united with a forever family and these guys got family pictures. Everyone wins! 🙂 And here is your sneak peek.

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Last weekend I got to photograph this sweet little family. Music seems to play such a big part in this family’s life. Dad plays the guitar and his sweet little daughter sang beautifully along, and now I have been humming a song about ducks and such all week too. Aren’t they just cute?  So here are just a few of this family’s session.DSC_7899

 

Last week I got to photograph this fun crew. Nan and Pop had their house and hearts full with children and grandchildren visiting from the west coast and Europe where one daughter and her family serves the Lord in Missions. I have no doubt that there’s lots of catching up to do and hugs to give and not a moment wasted when spending time with those precious grandchildren. And watching  Nan chasing those fast little feet around, I realized aging is not going to happen when being a grandparent.

I am so glad I got to capture this “crowning glory of the aged” and hope to do this again soon. And here is your sneak peek.DSC_6572

This is Christmas card material! Nan almost had them all in the picture:)

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I finally got to meet this sweet girl. If you have been following my blog, these faces look probably familiar to you and you might remember how much the oldest was waiting for this to happen: A baby sister! And here she is, sweet and pink and bow and named after her (great) grandmother.

So needless to say this crew is happy and proud, and I can’t wait for all the stories to tell, so stay tuned and here is your sneak peek!DSC_5943

…and between we did chores. 🙂

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This week I got to photograph this sweet family. We strolled around a beautiful park near Lexington and got to chat and catch up. They are excited about the arrival of a new baby boy and  soon this little guy will be a big brother.

So hang in there guys. Raising boys is an adventure, just stock up on Band-Aids. And here is your sneak peek:

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Last weekend I got to hang out with these sweet kiddos again.  And since the 4th was just around the corner we used a flag as a backdrop and brushed up on out star drawing skills. So Happy Birthday, USA and here is this sweet family’s sneak peek.

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Aren’t these two just adorable?

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