Sometimes my heart overflows with all the things I feel and then my emotions get flooded and my words get all mixed up. Like when I think about adoption, or my dear friends Celeste and Markus, or seeing a child coming home, or seeing God’s interest in his people or when a beautiful story unfolds (and I get to photograph it).
My job has MANY amazing perks, but driving to this shoot made me realise again how much I love it to document and how special it is to witness these profound moments in people’s lives. Then I look at the images and many times they only show small gestures, but it represents so much more. Like this story. Markus and Celeste made a decision to be parents and it is changing the life of this beautiful boy, now called their son, forever. 🙂 I could see how the process was shaping and forming them individually and as a couple – up to a point where they now are family.
This is one beautiful story of people searching God’s face, living His love and imparting hope to those seeing their family’s story being written.
This was the morning it all came together. Levi came home…
Mooiste mense met die mooiste harte + die mooiste Stellenbosch! Geniet julle foto’s Kyle en Monique! Julle mannetjie is awesome en dis so lekker om julle as ‘n familie te kan ken. Geniet julle foto’s. xxx
Ek het vir Ria gevra of ek hulle storie van haar Facebook Page mag copy. 🙂 Hier is dit:
“My ouers het laas jaar Aug by ons gekuier vir my verjaarsdag. My hart was baie seer in daai tyd omdat ons al so lank gesukkel het om swanger te raak. Maar my moedertjie, het gedurende díe kuier ‘n paarkeer vir my gesê dat sy seker is ons sal die maand swanger wees, want die Here het ‘n belofte vir haar gemaak. Ek het later vir haar gevra om dit liewer nie weer vir my te sê nie, want enige iemand wat daardeur is sal ook weet dat mens in elkgeval elke maand vas glo dat dit díe maand verseker gaan gebeur en die teleurstelling is net te groot en te seer as dit dan nie is nie. En dit was toe ook nie.
Maar dit was toe wel begin November. Ons het in trane al die familie laat weet en meeste het saam met ons gehuil oor die goeie nuus, insluitend natuurlik my ma. Aan die einde van ons gesprek vra my ma toe wanneer baba se due date is. 17 Julie, sê ek vir haar en daar begin sy weer huil. 16 en 17 Julie 2014 het die Here my ma wakker gemaak om vir ons te bid. Sy het altwee aande die skriffie gekry in 1 Sameul 1 waar Hanna voor die Here huil vir ‘n kind en Eli haar kry: “Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.””
1 Samuel 1:17
Ons dien ‘n God wat ons harte intiem ken en in detail met ons werk. God is goed en Sy goedheid ken geen einde nie!”
About 3 years ago, Elke started talking about adoption. The more time we spent together, the more I heard about her plans to adopt. During this time she made changes to her home to be more child friendly, she launched her new “Bright Owl” business to help support her daughter, and she celebrated breakthrough in the adoption paperwork journey whilst continually making all the needed mental shifts. I saw the leaders in her life asking her difficult questions. Questions she answered honestly and bravely.
I saw her friends and family gather around her. I saw many tears (and for the longest time I could not speak to Elke about the adoption without balling MY eyes out) and through it all I saw her brave smiles. I saw her transition from a lady investigating adoption, to a mother expecting a baby.
She took a huge step of faith, quitting her old job after feeling that the season was completed. It was scary to let go, but she did. She prayed to God, asking Him that she didn’t want to be alone on the day of the long-awaited phone call confirming the match, and He listened. The morning when her colleagues came to say goodbye to Elke, her phone rang. She was not alone, but surrounded by a whole bunch of people that loved and cared for her.
She asked God if her daughter’s foster home could be in the same Province, to help ease the logistical difficulties, and it was. Elke felt that her daughter would be born around her late dad’s birthday – and later discovered that their birthdays are just 2 days apart. So many small details came together confirming one thing. This was the daughter that God and Elke had been dreaming about. This girl was the daughter she was waiting for.
After months of paperwork and many layers of preparation, the day arrived when Elke could meet her baby and take her daughter home. Her mom, 2 sisters, little niece, myself & my camera had the privilege of going with.
I’ve never seen Elke with so many bags. In my mind’s eye, it symbolised her readiness. She was prepared as well as she could be – physically, emotionally and spiritually – to receive her daughter, and to be a mom.
This is my photo version of this special day, and how it all came together.
And just like that, they are a family of four! Little Samuel is 12 days old here, the same his big brother Petrus was when we did his first photoshoot. He is so CUTE and love his name. I’ve grown to love this family and their children will probably always have a special place in my heart.
Dankie Lizka en Gerhardus. Geniet julle familie! xxx
Dear blog-world. Please meet Annelle and BJ’s aWeSoMe and handsome young man, Ben! I don’t want to brag or anything, but I am his aunt. (:
Dankie dat ek jul eerste amptelike familie shoot kon doen en dat julle SOVEEL moeite en beplanning in dit gesit het. Lief julle woes baie. Hoop julle geniet julle fotos en dat dit vir altyd deel sal vorm van julle goeie tye met liewe Ben.
Om so ‘n kleine, “vars uit die hemel” babatjie en haar ma te kan vasvang is sowaar net ‘n voorreg.
Rentia, ek hoop jy en jou man geniet die foto’s baie en dat dit sal help om al haar super oulike plooitjies, toontjies en gaap-gesiggies verewig in detail te onthou. Mag julle as gesin geseënd wees! xxx
The afternoon spent with the Naudes felt more like a celebration of them as a family than a “shoot”! All while little Benjamin crawled into my heart one giggle at a time.
Thank you Daniel and Caren! You are an awesome family:
These cool kids, have a kid now! (:
Kaleb is een awesome seuntjie wat verseker ook sy ouers se “laughing-gene” gekry het. Dankie Kyle en Monique -ek is mal daaroor om julle te sien as ‘n familie!
They have grown into a family! Currently they are living in France, but came to SA for a short visit with family and friends. Wat ‘n lekkerte om hulle as gesin af te kon neem!
Dankie Ruan en Natalie- altyd ‘n fees met julle en was heerlik om vir Liela te kon ontmoet.