Finalization

Complete. Finished. Official. Final.

The adoption process does not end with the birth of your baby. And it does not end when you bring that baby home. The legal process does not come to an end until a finalization hearing, which typically happens in the six to eight months after the baby is home. It’s the official end to the paperwork and the home visits. It’s the day the state officially recognizes what you’ve known since the moment you met your son or daughter – they are a part of your family.

Finalization is the end of the road to adoption. And I imagine it’s the day you breathe a sigh of relief. It is finished.

Rejoicing in your finalization Isaiah!

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Waco

My mom wanted to celebrate her birthday with a girl’s trip to Texas. Like every devoted HGTV fan, her heart was set on traveling to Waco to experience Magnolia in all its glory.

Not having ever been to Waco before, it’s hard to imagine that downtown had much life at all before Chip and Jo resurrected the silos. The Magnolia grounds are an oasis in an otherwise sleepy cityscape. While we did enjoy some unique shopping and dining options, much of downtown Waco is empty. It came as quite a surprise to our group who (let’s be honest!) probably expected the whole town to have undergone a ‘fixer upper’ makeover.┬áIt seems the Gaines are breathing new life into this town. And it will be interesting to see where that momentum will take Waco.

A day at the silos is definitely worth the trip to Waco. The shopping, the cupcakes, the garden – it’s all been so thoughtfully designed. And it was the perfect spot for a weekend with the girls.

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The Barringer Family

Big brother has a love for science and an extraordinary imagination. Little sister has a mind of her own and a head full of curls. Both are smart and silly and prone to giggles. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know this family for over five years. They have shown me what it looks like to be good neighbors and they have become good friends. So thankful for you Barringer fam!

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The Harrison Family

The Harrisons are preparing to make a big move back to their home state of Iowa. But before they go, they wanted to get some family pictures in the only town their daughters have ever called home. It was special to capture these photos for them as they prepare to say good-bye to the Queen City.

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Dree

If you know the Fritz family, you know what a gift they are. While their story is turning out differently than they ever thought it would, they are navigating the journey with grace and joy. To know this family is to love this family. I have been encouraged and inspired by their trust in God as they have grown their family through adoption. Baby Dree’s arrival in early August brings the headcount to five, with the girls outnumbering the boys. What a beautiful group!

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Natalia and Roger

There were some glitches with the wedding day schedule and the other photographer and I were feeling stressed. The bride, however, was cool as a cucumber while everyone around her scrambled to get things done. How many weddings actually end up going according to plan?! At the end of the day, Roger and Natalia were married. And their friends and family were just as excited about it as they were.

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