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Sunday
Feb262012

welcome home boys

This post is such an honor for me to write. This weekend I had the opportunity to photograph one of the most amazingly heartwarming things. Two beautiful boys, Worake and Dimo coming from Africa to a new home in Oklahoma. 

One of the most amazing and moving things I have done as a photographer is photograph the birth of a baby. The miracle of a new life coming into the world just gets me every time. It always brings tears, joy and hope. 

This time, I got to photograph a new kind of birth. Two boys (far from being babies anymore) gifted with new life. They will now know the love and security of a forever family. They now will know what it is like to have a mom who will always be there to listen to them, to comfort them, to pray for them. And a Dad who will protect them, guide them, love them and give them strength. They now have beautiful siblings who will laugh with them, play with them and grow in Lord with them. Such a miracle, such joy and such hope.

There was a huge group of people at the airport just waiting to witness this part of their story and welcome the boys HOME to Oklahoma. Friends and family made signs to welcome them, complete with Dimo's favorite superhero Spiderman.

I'm not sure if that board had ever been checked so many times as it did that evening. ;) Checking and rechecking to see if the flight had landed. Such anticipation filled the air.

Everyone had their camera phones ready.

They're here! They have been spotted through the glass doors.

At last!!!!

There is nothing in this world quite like a big embrace from your Daddy.

Big brother hugs are pretty great too.

Instant best friends.

New brothers. Oh how this just warms my heart!

The two boys on the left and the little one are also from the same home in Ethiopia and were also adopted into Oklahoma families. It was a happy reunion.

What a beautiful group of siblings.

Together at last. Praise to the One who made this all possible.

Such a miracle. Such a joy.

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Reader Comments (10)

Shannon - these are so beautiful. What a gift and treasure you have given them. You are so incredibly talented, but more than talent you have a huge heart. I saw all those tears behind your camera :)

February 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Wow Shannon..... simply amazing! Such a beautiful story :') Thank you for sharing.

February 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Love that you captured this. I have tears. Not going to lie.

February 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlice H

What a beautiful sweet story!!!!

February 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCorrie Anne

ahhhhh i started getting tears before I even saw the photo of the boys arrival! You can just see all of the love, this is so special! You are a wonderful family! I love that your boys got to reunite with some boys they new in the same home, that is so amazing!

February 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenni

I agree with Jenni, I was crying long before I even saw the boys, but their HUGE smiles made me smile, and cry all over again. What a blessing it must have been to have captured the joy of this beautiful day!! Such a fantastic post to start my week off with, thank you, ever so much, for sharing!!

February 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShauna Jones

Shannon, I just want to thank you for these pictures! I'm crying just looking at them! You have captured the anticipation, love, joy and incredible faithfulness of a family! I LOVE it! These pictures are priceless! I was there and the events are a blur! I can only imagine how this precious family feels! These pictures are going to bless many times when they talk about the day they came home forever! <3

February 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Shannon, these photos are beautiful and they tell such an awesome story.
Yes, I have tears in my eyes.

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMOM

Shannon,
This story is so warm and wonderful, a true reflection of God's love! Praise be to the Father who makes all things possible. Thank you for sharing this families amazingly memorable moment with us. :)

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn

Amazing answer to prayer!

February 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkim lehman

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