The Top 5 Questions about Willow | Personal

The Top 5 Questions about Willow | Personal

I truly wish adoption was more common and normal and that everyone at least considered the possibility, but right now I am grateful for the leaps and bounds made in the last few decades. Being adopted is no longer shameful or taboo, and the amount of people who have celebrated our family’s addition is incredible. The kindness everyone has shown completely overwhelms us in the best possible way.

For those not familiar with the process (which is most people!) I realized I tend to answer the same questions over and again. While I never mind doing that, I thought I would write down all the answers for those who have not yet gotten to ask – or might be too scared of saying something wrong! So that you can know more about adoption and we can celebrate the gift of Willow, here are the five most common questions people ask about our baby girl...

Why I Am Thankful | Monday Musings

Why I Am Thankful | Monday Musings

Thankfulness is something that does not happen naturally for me. I might dwell for a few minutes on some blessing in my life that I am grateful for, but I all too often move quickly on to the next item on my 'want' list and forget to express gratitude for what I already have. Thanksgiving is such a special time of the year, and like every cliche it makes me reflect on the things for which I should be giving thanks on a daily basis.

I want to keep it short and sweet, but I don't want to let this year pass by without recognizing the most beautiful parts of my life. Here are the things I am most thankful for in 2017.

1) I am thankful for Willow's birth mom...

Our Family Pictures | Personal

Our Family Pictures | Personal

I take a lot of pictures in a year. From weddings to families to lots of little projects in between, I am constantly photographing other people at some of the happiest moments of their lives. When Willow came home to be with us just a few short weeks ago, it was finally our turn. I kept thinking in my head, "Is it really us this time? Are we the ones taking family pictures? Is this even real?"

Yet it was and it is, and every day it gets more real to us. We are a family of three...