It seems like forever since I have just done a practice shoot and I was feeling in need of one today, so after voting this morning, Mia and I headed to the lake to take some pictures. Wow! You would have thought it was winter. We nearly froze, so we quickly moved on to our favorite park, which seemed about 20 degrees warmer. Mia was working the camera this morning. She was so funny, trying all these different poses, and then tripping over her feet because she couldn't find her balance. Oh, my funny girl. We enjoyed a beautiful walk around our favorite park... me snapping shots in between, of course... it turned out to be a beautiful fall morning.
I wanted a quick way to post-process these, so I used a Rebecca Lily preset on almost every photo. I found a perfect preset for each one.
We have Kara's six-month post-placement visit with our social work tomorrow. I can't believe we are already working on this! Actually, we are just past four months of the actual adoption date and just three days shy of four months home, but I wanted to make sure we were early enough that the report would arrive in China on time. We love our social worker. We don't see her often, but with two homestudies and a total of six post-placement reports, it seems she knows our family better than immediate relatives. I'm looking forward to introducing her to Kara.
In addition to running my own photography business, I am a proud mother to three beautiful girls that were born in my heart, and a wife to my wonderful husband of 17 years. We adopted Leila from Moscow, Russia at 32-months old and Mia from Jiangsu Province, China at 13-months old. We thought we were done at two, until God led us on another journey to China - this time to bring home our 11-year old daughter, Kara Da Xin in July 2009. I am also the proud Aunt of two nephews, born in Guatemala, and a niece, born in China. I am so thankful to our Heavenly Father for blessing our family with these amazing children.
This is a very special necklace I had made to keep my children close to my heart. On the left, it says "family" in Russian. On the right, it says, "mother and daughter joined at the heart" in Chinese. I love this piece of jewelry and how it always reminds me of our journey to bring home our three precious girls.