Wednesday, May 25, 2011

hits close to home

Last night I came across this interview with photographer Benjamin Edwards. It is a tear jerker and watching it is worth the 15 minutes of your life. It is a beautiful story of Edwards' ability to take his amazing photo skills and use them to advocate for the most vulnerable of this world. I love that he believes that photos of those hurting and suffering can be used to challenge people like us to take action and change the world.

This is especially close to my heart, because on Friday we will be introduced to a family that has recently relocated here from the Democratic Republic of the Congo through World Relief.

I can only imagine what this family has been through. The atrocities they have had to live though. The hell they've had to escape.

Our daughters are in the same 2nd grade class at school. Their friendship has prompted lots of discussion in our house about what it means to love. What it means to reach out. What it means to live out our faith.

At first we thought this would be a great way to help out a family in need, but lately I've been really challenged not go in with an attitude of us being their American tour guides. Now, I'm praying that this would simply be the beginning of a very important friendship.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

forever day | spokane family photography

A few weeks ago, I was able to head down to the juvenile courthouse here in Spokane to photograph a forever day.  Big sister was adopted in China a few years ago and Mom and Dad decided to readopt her on the same day that little sister was adopted into their family.  It was such an honor to participate in the finalization of such an important event in the life of their family. 

Little sister was turning 1 the next day and since it was such an important day for the whole family, a big party was in order to celebrate such a big event!  Little sister was needing a little snuggle time with mom before the party got started.
The first family picture as an 'official' family of four.  Congrats guys!
Such sweet sisters!  You can really tell that big sister loves her little sister!

Time for cake!