Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Meeting Tadelech | N. Virginia Portrait Photographer

Yesterday, I introduced you all to my newest niece.  If you haven’t already been taken by her smile and personality, I am convinced by the end of this post you will be!

Before we move ahead I need to take you backwards.   

It is impossible in one post to share how much my life has been impacted and blessed by a friendship that started one night sitting in our cars until the wee hours of the night – almost 17 years ago.

Maria and I met during a very hard time in both of our lives.  Little did we know that God would use our broken hearts to build one of the most amazing friendships that would last a lifetime.  

Maria was literally in the room with me while delivering our 9 year old daughter, and almost had to deliver her alone!  My husband and the doctor both arrived back in the room just in time!  I digress, that's a story for another time.  She captured photos of her entering this world that are priceless to us, and she had NO idea how to use a camera.  She simply aimed and kept pressing the shutter. 

Here is one of my favorites from that extraordinary moment:

I was there at the hospital when all but one of her children were born.  We have shared so many of life’s greatest and most sorrowful experiences together – from birth to death.   She has walked through all seven of our adoptions, holding my heart in her hand so gently while we waited for each child to come home.   Little did either of us know at the time that one day she would follow in my footsteps and her sisters, and begin the adoption process herself.   I remember the day she called me to say, “they were thinking of adopting a children from Africa.”   We immediately knew this would be one more experience that would build our bond of friendship that much stronger and deeper.   I introduced her to our adoption agency and the rest is history as they say.   Her adoption had some bumps along the way but for an international adoption, it truly went very smoothly.  

I cried the day she called me to say they were matched with a precious baby girl (at the time was just about 2 months old).    I cried just as much the day she called me to say that they passed court and would be bringing her home.    Unfortunately, on the day she was coming home I was unable to meet them at the airport.   They brought their newest miracle girl home on October 7, 2011. 

She is now 17 months old and pure joy.  Her birthdate is 1/11/11 – isn’t that cool?  Her name, Tadelech, which means "she is lucky/blessed".   I couldn’t agree more with the meaning of her name.   God, truly made no mistake having her enter into Maria’s arms and family.   When I watched them together last weekend, I saw what only can happen by the touch of God’s hand on a child’s life who has already been abandoned and lived in a hopeless situation – a bond of love so deep that hearts and lives are changed forever! 

I felt so blessed having the opportunity to capture the love I saw and will cherish these photos forever!   Because of our own experience with adoption – I personally know that the value of these photos are immediately priceless.  

Take a look:

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Oh and just in case you are wondering, their matching outfits are planned!  Every day they matched and it was SOO cute! Maria even has her older daughter in coordinating/matching outfits with them.  You will see that tomorrow Open-mouthed smile

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Oh my goodness is she precious!  When she was blowing kisses I had a hard time staying behind my camera and not running over to kiss her myself!

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I love this last shot that I was able to capture right before her nap…

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And just because I can’t wait to show you how gorgeous her other children are, here is one sneak peak of them all together:

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Maria, I tell you this all of the time, but I can’t thank God enough for the gift of our friendship.   It has blessed me in ways I could have never imagined and I look forward to sharing our lives together until we are on that porch rocking in our late 80’s!   What a blessing it was for me to finally meet Tady and capture her with you and the kids.  I love you all so much!   Next time we will have to get Kev in the photos too!   I know you are enjoying these photos and will cherish them as a family for years to come.   One day Tady will cherish them more than I can express to you adequately now.   Keep capturing her story and your lives together.  

I can’t express enough how much it means to an adopted child to have family photos of them after coming home and once they are old enough to hear about their “Gotcha Day!”   If you have recently adopted, or know someone who is, please have them get in touch with me today to schedule their Red Thread Session.  

Wishing you all a beautiful and blessed day!

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