Adoption Update!!

 

We have very exciting news!!! We want to introduce you to our son Samuel!!!   He is a beautiful 10 month old little boy… in pink.

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After an almost 3 year process and many twists and turns we know who our son is!!! We have just received our Letter of Approval from China and should be able to travel to bring him home in early spring. We stand in awe of God’s plan and allowing us the opportunity to bring this child into our family. We are already in love and just can’t wait to bring him home. We chose his name Samuel when we started the adoption process so we have been praying for him by name long before he was born. We changed to the China program one week before he was born.

For those who haven’t spoken to us personally you are probably wondering how we went from adopting from Ethiopia to China. The simple answer, our son was there! But at the time we were saddened and disheartened to see a time of uncertainty in the Ethiopia adoption program. They were not sure of the future of the program and we had to make the difficult decision of whether to wait and see or change to another program. We knew we had felt called to adopt first and Ethiopia second, so after two years we started all over and turned our hearts and prayers toward China.

One amazing way God has shown us his sovereignty over all the details was in my prayer journal. The night we saw his picture for the first time I decided to look back in my journal around the day he was born.  The day after he was born I wrote….

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We ask for you to please pray for our son and for our family as we prepare to bring him home. There are still many more steps in the process so we need lots of patience.  Please pray for Samuel that God will protect and keep him until we can arrive to bring him home.  Thank you for joining us in this journey!!!

THIS POST EXPLAINS MORE ABOUT OUR HEART AND CALL TO ADOPTION

 

 

 

Kristen & Dylan | Burritt on the Mountain Wedding

Kristen & Dylan married on a beautiful August day at Burritt Museum in Huntsville.  From doing their engagement session, I had learned this couple is so in love and laughs their way through the day.  Their wedding day was no different and was overflowing with joy.  Kristen has an incredible ability with graphic design and had written and designed all the beautiful details of their day by hand.  I loved the simple elegance and attention to detail.  We were on the edge of thunderstorms all day but never felt a drop of rain.  I am so thankful to have been able to share in their amazing wedding day.  I pray you continue to laugh your way through life and have joy no matter the circumstances.

Isn’t the invitation suite BEAUTIFUL!!!!
This pictures is the entire wedding party from the Mom & Dad’s wedding!!!! I can’t remember exactly but it was 25-30 years ago!!! Isn’t that so much fun!

Tim Tyler … These guys were unbelievable!!!! I just kept watching him on that keyboard in disbelief!!I just couldn’t get over this sky on the way out. The picture doesn’t do it justice but it was so pretty!!

The Amazing Vendors

Venue | Burritt Museum on the Mountain, Huntsville Alabama

Event Coordinator | Erica Thimsen | Helping Hand Parties

Gown Boutique | The White Room Bridal Salon

Bridesmaids Dresses | Etsy

Hair & Makeup Artist | Terrame Spa & Salon

Florist | Corrie Spearing | 333Designs

Cakes | Slice at a Time Gourmet Cakery

Caterer | Margaret Baggett | The Chef Next Door

Videography | The Film Poets

Reception Band | Tim Tyler … AMAZING!

 

Laura & Chris | Huntsville Wedding

Laura and Chris were married on a beautiful June day at Central Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, with their reception following at the Historic Roundhouse Depot.  This was such a fun wedding!! Laura has such a beautiful smile and joy that is contagious to all around her.  From the time that Laura and Chris saw one another, they did nothing but smile and laugh.  Surrounded by gorgeous details, loving family and adorable children, it was a perfect day.  I pray God’s richest blessing over your lives and marriage!!

Can you believe this CAKE! It looks just like the Brides dress, amazing! ~ Old Vienna Bakery

Look at all this amazing food!!!! Ashley’s Creative Catering is an incredible talented chef and also artist.  The food was more delicious than it looks~~ I speak from experience!

The Flashbacks are Amazing!!

Here’s a list of all the amazing vendors that helped make the details of this day

Gown Boutique | The Something Blue Shoppe  ~  Makeup Artist | The Transformation  ~  Floral Design | InBloom  ~ Catering | Ashley’s Creative Catering  ~  Cake Artist | Old Vienna  ~  Band | The Flashbacks

Sara Glenn and Hamp Wedding | The Cedars 1859 Antebellum Home

I had such an amazing time at Sara Glenn and Hamp’s beautiful southern wedding. The wedding venue was The Cedars and was a working cotton plantation.  Sara Glenn was raised in a family of generational cotton farmers so this was a great way to feel right at home.  The rain held out for a perfect day but came in a  force during the reception where we ended up under a tornado warning. The band was amazing, unplugged and came and played acoustic on the back porch.  When the rain slowed down we headed back outside for more dancing.  Such a joyful day.


Wedding Vendors | Venue ~ The Cedars | Gown Boutique ~ Madison Town & Country  | Bridesmaid Dresses ~ Bella Bridesmaids | Floral Design ~ Bishops Florist | Catering ~ Endless Catering

Emily & Wally | Oak Island Wedding

Emily and Wally were married at one of the most beautiful venues I have ever had the pleasure of attending a wedding.  Oak Island was the perfect place for a wedding that was beautiful in every way.  The couple, beautiful inside and out, radiated joy and emotion.  It was truly a wonderful day. I am so thankful to have been able to share in it! I pray that you continue to seek the Lord in your lives and I know you will be blessed. I love their image praying at the cross and believe this is the key to marriage. Keeping the cross at the center. Love you both!!

 

Vendors | Oak Island Events |The Something Blue Shoppe | Hair & Makeup Artist – Kayla Byford | Floral Design – Oak Island | Cake Artist – Indulgent Sweet Shoppe | Videographer – Holloway Productions | Band – Trotline | Rentals – It’s Your Day

I absolutely LOVE amazing videographers and feel they just capture so much!! Check out this trailer by Lance at Holloway Productions!

Emily + Wally Gentry | Wedding Day Music Video from Holloway Productions on Vimeo.