Take a look at the photo here. Does it speak to you? What does it say? As you can see, knowing the story behind this photo and learning this family's journey, it says BELONGING to me. That is because in photographing this family, it was so very evident to me that they BELONG together. If you read their incredible story, you will see too that a Devine intervention designed this family before it ever came to be!
We are all created with this need to belong to something. Maybe it's your family roots, maybe it's your husband and children, maybe your church family, or your national identity. Whatever it may be, it gives a sense of security and acceptance.
It gives your children that sense too, and is an integral part of who they are and where they've come from to where they feel safe and loved, and of course, belong.
It also speaks of heritage and legacy, both of which I seek to portray through my images and stories.
The story behind this photo is an adoption story. Siblings who came from two parts of the world and were joined together as brother and sister after many years of being prayed for and sought after by their adoptive parents. A labor of love! They were destined to BELONG together as a family and to be nurtured and accepted for who they are and with all the needs they present. If you would like to read the full story, I have printed it HERE in their mother's own words, because she could tell their story much better than I ever could. You'll read and see how there are no mistakes in this life, and how love can conquer even the most difficult grief and emerge joyous and eager to share of God's great blessing!
"When you get to place where you understand that love and belonging, your worthiness, is a birthright and not something you have to earn, anything is possible" - Brene Brown