“My husband and I adopted both of our children and there is more joy and pain in that sentence than I could ever describe. Infertility has been the most difficult thing we have ever walked through. We have wrestled with our faith and learned what it means to grieve with each other. But then, we got to watch God answer our prayers for children in the most spectacular ways. There are so many moving parts in any adoption and to see God orchestrate them all has been wondrous. These sweet children of ours….well…we got the best ones. Really and truly. We are overwhelmed at God’s abundant grace to us in these gifts. They are better than we could have ever dreamed.
Sixteen long months we waited for our little man. And then he came in a whirlwind. We met his amazing birth mom on a Tuesday and were home from the hospital with him the following Tuesday. He came into our lives in the midst of us crying out to God, wondering if we would ever have more children. He burst onto the scene with pure sunshine. I have never seen a baby smile as much as he does. He is pure joy. These photos are evidence of God’s faithfulness to hear our prayers and answer them in His good time. They are a glimpse into our indescribable joy and peace of having our son in our family.” Carissa, Mother
“I love the last quote Carissa wrote in the previous submission “There’s a quote by Tim Keller that captures my feelings beautifully, ‘If I knew what God knows, I would be asking Him for exactly what He’s giving me.’” I just love that shortly after writing that, a sweet birth family chose them to parent Finn. I had worked with Carissa and her daughter before on a Generations of Motherhood session, featured here. At the time, she and her husband had been waiting and praying to expand their family again through adoption. Earlier this year, they were selected by an expectant mother to become the parents to a little boy. I was so honored that they chose me to document his newborn session at their historic home shortly after he arrived home.
There are so many aspects to photographing motherhood that I love, but one of them is the fact that no story is the same. Some families happen quickly or without planning, others through years of pain and prayer. I love that no mother has the same story, but the awe that each mother feels when she holds her tiny miracle is identical. I love photographing that overwhelming joy of motherhood, whether it be unexpected or long awaited. It is always miraculous.” Rachel, Photographer