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When I met colt and adria I knew they were special people

They have one adopted daughter, one biological daughter, they are in the process of trying to adopt their adoptive daughter’s brother, and NOW they are adopting a teenager! See below to read their story! This is my small part to try and help with their expenses during the adoption process of their kiddos.

SESSION RAFFLE!

Every person who donates will be entered to win a immediate Family Session with me! The session will include 15 image downloads and a $150 print credit!

All proceeds will be donated directly to the Church Family.

Every $10 = one entry in the raffle! Winner will be announced on June 20th and notified via email!


FROM ADRIA’S BLOG:

https://adrialea.com/our-big-announcement/

OUR STORY

If you follow me regularly, you might have noticed that I haven’t been on social media much lately. There has been so much going on in our lives and home, and I have been so anxious to share. It has kept us very busy, but hopefully soon I’ll be back on at my regular pace again. 

I know some of you are new to my page and mine and my husband’s story, so I’m going to start from the beginning, but try to keep it brief (this could be a really long post.) So from the beginning:

Foster care wasn’t something Colt and I discussed before getting married. In fact, I really had no idea what it was, and had no desire to foster or adopt (although I thought adoption was cool). Almost a year into our marriage, I started hearing about foster care EVERYWHERE… on the radio, at church, through mutual friends. I knew God was working on me. Eventually I brought it up to colt that God wanted us to foster, and he agreed. 4 months later, we had our first foster son, TJ. 

Fostering has been one of the loneliest and most difficult things we have ever done, but also the most fulfilling and rewarding. Over the past 4 years, we have adopted our oldest, Emberlynn (read about that here), had our daughter, Eile (see her newborn session here), and are currently fostering Baby B, Emberlynn’s biological brother with the hopes of adopting him early this Fall. 

THE BIG NEWS

While our home and hearts have felt quite full this past year, about 6 months ago, God used a young girl that Colt came across at work to put a stir in our hearts again. All of a sudden, my heart was hurting for teens in foster care. Colt will tell you that I actually cried myself to sleep for many nights after thinking and talking about it. 

Eventually we decided to go to a teen adoption event (yes similar to what was in the movie “Instant Family”), and we were there to talk to some teen girls. But again, God had different plans. While we were talking to a sweet young lady, D walked up and started talking to Colt. I’ll tell you… it was as if he chose us. 

We left knowing what was going to happen next, and let our agency know of our interest. Then the process started to see if we would be a good fit for him and vice versa. We spent the next couple months after meeting him praying without ceasing and consulting with professionals and others around us. The truth is, we had every reason to say no to adopting a teen such as: time, finances, the babies, etc, etc. But we aren’t doing this for us. Often times, a life following Christ can be very uncomfortable and challenging in ways you may never imagine. This is for God and His glory, and this is for D. 

After doing as much research as we could and learning about D and consulting with friends, family, and professionals, we made the final decision that we want to adopt D. They told him last night, and we were told he is overjoyed. 

WHAT’S NEXT?

So I’m sure you’re wondering, “what’s next?” Well, we will start transition visits slowly. We will probably see him for the first time since we first met this weekend, and then he might start weekend visits with us and then he will move in the first of June after school lets out. After he is with us for 6 months, we will be able to officially adopt him.

We are so anxious and scared of the unknown, but we also trust that God is in control. He has our family his hands, and he will take care of us through this next journey.