UPDATE: This post was made as Shinn Shots Photography and does not represent the style or goals of Blue Space Photography. Because I believe in knowing where you’ve come from, I’ve left this here as a reminder of the journey that led me to where I am today. I now only shoot storytelling sessions, so be sure to check out my current work in more recent posts! – Lauren
The R Family has grown recently.
My niece, Rylie, (a first grader now!) has gotten taller…and is an expert at striking a pose.
My nephew, Bennett, boldly started his first year of preschool…and loved playing around in the Big White Box (especially when it involved his pirate sword).
But the real way the R Family has grown is by fostering a Sweet Baby Boy.
(While I can’t post a picture of him, rest assured that he is absolutely adorable!)
I remember my sister-in-law, Kristin, talking about her passion for foster care before we even had children of our own.
In the past year or so, Kristin, Jeff, Rylie, and Bennett have gone through the very involved process of preparing to become a foster family. They found the right foster organization for them (FaithBridge), went through hours of training, and completed a background check. They’ve taken care of the a lengthy list of tangible details, such as putting two plug covers on every single outlet in the house and completing multiple home studies. But most importantly, they’ve wrestled with the emotional questions and doubts that come with being a foster family.
When will a child come into our family?
Will we get a boy or a girl?
How old will he or she be?
How long with he stay?
Will she need extra medical attention?
What about his mom? His dad?
What about her siblings?
What about my children? Will they adapt ok?
Will we have the chance to adopt?
What if we have to say goodbye but don’t want to?
I cannot imagine living with that level of uncertainty on a daily basis. While it is a sacrifice to open your home up to someone who needs it, the true sacrifice lies in opening up your heart.
A few weeks ago, The R family got the call that they would be fostering a little boy (7 months old) and he would be arriving the next day. The transition seems to have gone amazingly well, although life with a new baby, however old, comes with it’s own challenges. Rylie and Bennett are over the moon about their new Sweet Baby Boy. In the picture below, Bennett may look upset about Sweet Baby Boy…but he’s just mad that he’s not the one holding him!
In a society that values big change, fame, and bold personalities, foster care is such a quiet gift. As Kristin told me once, you can mean something to the world or you can mean the world to someone.
R Family – I humbly admire the path you have chosen and am so blessed to be a part of it. Sweet Baby Boy is one lucky little man to be surrounded by so much love.