Our Adoption Sunday Boston area sessions are still rolling out!
Meet Maribel, et al. Surrounded by siblings, she lives with her family on a gorgeous, multi-acre property outside of Boston. There are ponies, goats, dogs, and ducks. Sadly, on that day there were two FEWER ducks thanks to the record heat, and even sadlier (yes, I just made up a word, work with me) both kicked the bucket DURING our shoot. There’s nothing quite as challenging as keeping a shoot going when it’s THAT hot, and as the call of “another one just died, Dad” echoes across the yard. IJS.
Can you say ‘center of the family’? (and obviously LOVING it)
An absolutely beautiful family, inside and out. Even more special? The news that they are expecting! Lauren Marie’s referral from Ghana had just gone through when we met them, and we were able to snag a few very meaningful images at the end of the family holding her referral photo. Because of orphanage guidelines, we can’t share her photo here…but the story of how they came to find Lauren Marie gave me tears and goosebumps, and that I *can* share here. I hope it does the same for you (as told to Mandy Mulliez):
“We got into the car one afternoon after leaving my cousin’s house, floored by the news that friends of theirs had adopted four children from Romania that were now on the verge of adulthood…and all are HIV+. Why would they do that? Wasn’t it dangerous to bring a sick child into their household? We have five healthy, active kids – four biological kids in five years from our twenties – and one sweet girl through private adoption. We were young with our biological children and the decision to essentially start a second family as older parents was one we carefully considered. Having a baby in the house again brings a special joy and light that we had missed and our littlest is adored by her big sisters and brother.
The idea of adopting an HIV positive child was one we couldn’t shake after hearing our friend’s news. After extensive research, we learned that there has never been a case of transmittal between family members with normal everyday household contact. With the development of the drug cocktails now available in the U.S., most people with HIV have a normal life expectancy. The idea that this was in our family’s future stuck.
We now stare at a picture every day. It is a heartbreaking glimpse of our three year old Lauren Marie who waits in Ghana. Her eyes show pain and fear. But she is the lucky one in her family – she is being cared for by nurses and we will soon be able to care for her, while the rest of her siblings have been sold into slavery. It is sadly the reality of many children around the world, orphaned by parents who have lost their lives to HIV, but we are lucky enough to soon have her be a part of our family. And she will be loved.”