We’re home!

23 02 2010

As some of you know, my husband and I were recently in Africa. In June of 2008, I was given the opportunity to travel to Ethiopia and meet and photograph the children of two Kingdom Vision International orphanages. Although my husband and I had always considered adoption as a way of  growing our family, it wasn’t until that trip that we knew for sure that we were called to adopt a child from Ethiopia.  So, after a lengthy homestudy, mountains of paperwork and lots of learning, growing, praying and waiting, on January 11th, 2010, we finally met our daughter, Sara Zubeida Schultz!

We have been home for about a month now, and although the transition to becoming a family of five has had its share of new challenges, overall it has gone beautifully.

Speaking of beautiful… here is my daughter!

Sara and her brothers:

Before I post these next photos, I just want to say that the photos below are not just images to me, they are my passion. There is nothing in my work that gives me more life than taking and editing photos like these. This is why I do what I do.

Okay, on to the photos.

Here are some of the beautiful people we encountered on our trip…

And you may remember this photo from 2008:

This is the same boy a year and a half later…

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International Adoption Picnic recap

3 08 2009

Well, minus the downpours of rain, the picnic was wonderful! I think everyone who attended had a great time. I was able to squeeze a few family mini-sessions in before it began to rain, and they were so much fun. It was a privilege to meet so many adoptive parents and kids from all over the world! I was especially excited to meet a little 8 month old boy who was just recently adopted from Ethiopia (for those of you who don’t know, my husband and I are adopting a little girl from Ethiopia who is now 8 months old!)We are still waiting on our court date, and when we know that date we will have a better idea when we travel to bring our little girl home. Being at the picnic only made me more excited for the day we meet her!

So here are just a few of my favorites from the day. A special thanks to Sara Lawrence from RavenLark Arts who helped me design the beautiful canopy that you see in the photos. I could not have done it without her help!!!

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We got the call!

2 06 2009

First of all, sorry it has been a while since I have posted anything on here. Luckily I have a good reason! Some of you know that we are in the process of adopting from Ethiopia. I am pleased to announce that we have been matched with a beautiful little girl!!! I am not allowed to post photos of her online until we have a successful court date in Ethiopia, but as soon as I can, I will. Meanwhile, we are super excited and super busy getting ready for our girl!!! (Feel free to email me if you want more details.)

Anyway, I can’t write without posting SOMETHING, so here are some summer photos of my boys. They are so excited for their baby sister to come home!

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[Above] Cy wearing goggles at the beach.

[Below] Ian wearing Dad’s motorcycle goggles.

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[Below] This is just a cute recent one of Cy–who is still my baby for a couple more months!

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Sister Broken-hearted…

27 06 2008

Here are some photos that I have the “okay” to post individually (it gets highly sensitive when dealing with adoption). Most of these were taken in Ja Ja, a small community down in a valley of Addis Ababa.  A very large percentage of the people in Ja Ja have HIV.  While we were there, the government dumped a giant load of asphalt, blocking the road to Ja Ja. The children are able to climb the asphalt mountain to get to school, but those who are very sick cannot leave Ja Ja to get medical care, water or food.  In the slideshow in my previous post, the last two photos are of some kids climbing to the top of the asphalt heap.  

These are things that I actually saw and photographed while I was there.  

On the last day we were there, Eyob, the Ethiopian director of Kindgdom Vision International, named me “Sister Broken-hearted.”  Yeah, a very fitting name.

 





Home again…

27 06 2008

My trip to Ethiopia was unbelievable.  It was life-changing.  It was beautiful.  Honestly, I barely have words for all of the emotions I experienced.  I emailed a friend and said that all I felt the whole trip was sadness and hope, sadness and hope… back and forth every second of every day.

I put together a slideshow so that you all could see the beauty that I saw.  I recommend letting it load before playing. 

 

Video: Copyright Genesis Photography 2008.  Do not copy.

Music for slideshow by Sara Groves.





Leavin’ on a Jet Plane–for ETHIOPIA!!

9 06 2008

Just a reminder that I will be out of the country for two weeks. I will be returning all phone calls and emails when I get back (June 22nd)! Please keep myself, Nikki and Christy in your prayers for safe travel!