Thursday, February 3, 2011
he took some pictures...then he made me cry
There is so much to think about in the adoption process. Sometimes it hits all at once, and sometimes I forget that it's real. Like I mentioned before, knitting is helping in this. Having the tangible presence of this baby helps me remember that s/he is real and will be coming soon (fingers crossed). I also started looking into stocking up on cloth diapers. After receiving the first package in the mail, John gently 'encouraged' me to hold off a little longer.
You know, until we know the actual age of the child.
One of the many gifts of this journey is meeting other people that have similar callings to adopt. Those of us that are Christ followers are all called to care for the orphan. This is spelled out in scripture plainly. But I believe that this caring will look different for different people. For us it is opening our home, but our care for the orphan world wide does not end there.
Recently we met a couple that has answered the calling to care for the orphan by offering their gifts of photography to adoptive families. They also are certified foster parents and have just welcomed their first foster child into their home! I am so moved by their commitment to love a child that they will only have for a short time. Fostering, to me, is the greatest act of selfless love.
We met up with Ryan and Sara in downtown Bryan to take some pictures for our adoption portfolio. We have to put a portfolio together to present to birth moms. Ryan and Sara want these portfolios to look awesome, so they offer their services for free. Ryan is such a talented photographer and is so easy to work with. Buddy is a tough customer, but Ryan's patience and gentleness with him coaxed out some pretty awesome pictures!
Ryan posted several from our shoot on his blog. Then he wrote some really nice things that made me cry. Go over and check out his stuff! And if you have any photography needs, please give Ryan a look. I know you won't be disappointed!