if you haven’t heard about zion yet, you are missing out. (seriously, you should stumble on our family blog at some point and read some stories about this little miracle!) this little wonder has become a dear, true love of ours, and has been a member of our family since the first moment we met him – at that time, he was just over 3 pounds, had a grim prognosis from his doctors, and needed a family. And we needed him. we needed to learn deeper and truer what real, unconditional, sacrificial love is. and what matters. and after months of red tape and state law requirements being met, we went to court with him and the brothers – all 5 of us…and about 30 close friends/family, and became fully, irrevocably, and eternally, zion’s family. Just saying it brings tears to our eyes again. we are so thankful, and love him so dearly.
to those of you who are our couples, we want to honor and thank you for how you all embraced our family, loved on us, and rolled with all of the punches as we lived in hospitals and tried to balance crisis with zion’s medical conditions and our businesses. we are so thankful for all of you. the grace, love, emails, cards, meals, gifts, and prayers you provided to us this year kept us going strong. you are the reason this job is always life-giving to us.
and to those of our dear friends and family who love us and have walked alongside of us this year – whether that meant long days sitting in the nicu with ash, or getting on planes to go second shoot weddings with jeremy, you are life coursing through our veins, and living life with you all is like waking up to christmas morning presents every day. it’s amazing. we love you.
and so, with that, we ring in a new year. new hope, new adventures, new pictures to be made, places to explore, people to love, and experiences to be had. how joyful and thankful we are! God has been so near. in the beautiful, and in the mess. this video is some of the beautiful – zion’s adoption day.
not enough words can be crafted to thank 2 of our dearest friends, jeff and erica, for surprising us with the priceless gift of this video!