This post is a first for us, and we're so excited to share it! These photos by Kate Belle Photography document one sweet family's Adoption Day at the courthouse. From the butterflies and excitement upon arrival and those moments in the waiting room, to the oath and jubilation after it was final, Kate Belle's photos tell the story. How special to have this day captured forever! Read below for the beautiful description of the day by Stephanie, Sawyer's mom, then visit the full gallery for many more photos.
"Two years ago my husband and I got some news that made it obvious that a second pregnancy was unlikely. Adoption was something that we had discussed, in that fun and casual way that you can talk about things before they become a reality. Suddenly we were seriously considering what it would mean to adopt. We sat up all night talking and by morning it was decided. From that moment on, we never looked back.
"After a failed adoption that nearly broke our hearts, we paused to take time to heal and recover. Just days after starting our process over, we got a phone call that changed our lives. A baby girl, already born, mother gone, in a hospital not far from our house. Within 24 hours we were holding her. There are simply no words that could describe it.
"I called Kate to photograph our Adoption Day, the day that a judge officially recognizes us as a family under the law, I choked back tears explaining to her what we had been through and how very important this was. I felt instantly that she understood and connected with our story. I will never be able to thank Kate enough for being there with us and capturing the the day as it truly happened. I feel incredibly lucky to have such beautiful images to remind us of what we have and how hard we fought to get it.
"There will come a time when I share our journey with our daughter. I will tell her about the emotional roller coaster ride: excitement, disappointment, joy, pain, hope, fear and finally relief and gratitude. I will take her down the long and windy road that led us to her, and then I will take out these photographs and show her the celebration. I know that as much as I love them, they will one day mean even more to her."