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it’s a good life.

Wow, I guess it’s been a while since I found time to catch up on this blog!   I was blessed to have the opportunity to photograph so many families over the last few months that I know and love.  I promise that I will share lots of beautiful moments captured in upcoming posts but first to catch you up on my little crew…

Summers are crazy busy at our house and this year was no exception.  It was an amazing summer filled with great times with friends & family.  We introduced Addie to camping at our favorite spot, Stonybrook.  I guess our little diva doesn’t really get it yet.  We decided it will be easier next year and made the best of our time there together anyways.  We traveled to NC for a fun reunion with dear friends and got a little sidetracked in Newark on the way back but tried to make the best of that too.  Will & I escaped to Atlantic City for the Dave Matthews Caravan and our feet danced in the dirt all weekend, happy & free.  The boys jumped & sang for Jesus at vacation bible school & had a blast playing baseball & soccer with lots of trips to the local ice cream shop after games.  Looking back, my favorite times together were the warm, sunny days spent right in our backyard & all the gooey s’mores under the moonlight.  I have been loving the hipstimatic on my iphone for capturing all the real moments of our life.  Here is a little glimpse into our days…

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There were life changing moments this summer too.  Moments that reminded us to live intentionally, be courageous & have the faith to follow our hearts. We are adopting another child from Ethiopia.  Although we did not plan to have any more children, God had a different plan for our family.  It started about a year ago, when I saw his big brown eyes staring back at me from the computer on Holt’s photolisting for waiting children.  I don’t even know why I was on there that day but there was a moment of recognition.  Call it divine intervention.  I think a mommy’s heart just knows…

Here is a little about our sweet guy.  We plan to call him Teagan Samuel which is a slight variation from his Ethiopian first name as it is very difficult to pronounce.  We are not allowed to post his actual Ethiopian name but his first name means “found or chosen” and his middle name means “asked or prayed for”.  He was given his name by the person who found him when he abandoned as an infant.  He has been in an orphanage since this time, watching all of the other children come & go, waiting for a family to call his own.  He is now 4 1/2 years old.  There is much unknown as he sustained a brain injury during his first few months of life and has developmental delays as a result.  But one thing is for sure, he is already loved.  He has a baby sister & two big brothers that have prayed for him faithfully every night and a mommy & daddy that can’t wait to bring him home & show him what it means to be loved.

In related news, we have just begun a new well campaign through charity:water in honor of Addie Lou, Teagan & all the beautiful people of their birth country.  The news of the famine in the horn of Africa has been devastating and we support charity:water’s efforts to break the cycle of poverty by meeting life’s most basic need.  We are especially excited that this year donations will go toward purchasing a new drill rig to dig more wells in Ethiopia.  You can find details regarding our campaign & learn all about the project in a video you can fine here.  Your support with our campaign last year meant so much to us and we are hopeful that this year, our friends will continue to give generously to help change lives around the world.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
- Marianne Williamson

October 16, 2011 - 8:40 pm Melissa Zihlman - Amie!! Congratulations on your newest little boy!! What a lucky one he is...and how blessed your family is to welcome him. I popped by to say CONGRATULATIONS on winning a session with Mindy!!!! I simply cannot think of a better family, more deserving of such a gift. I cannot wait to see the images...I know you'll treasure them! xx

October 17, 2011 - 9:43 pm grace - enjoyed your photos. i met your mom when she did allergy tests and we talked about your growing family god bless you

October 18, 2011 - 6:06 pm Riann - I have been waiting for more photos on here, and I was overjoyed to read Teagan's full name. :) God is so good. What a joy to watch God work through you and yours...

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