Amanda Joy Photography

Compton Family Adoption

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She emailed me last minute to ask if I was available. As soon as I read the word adoption, I was all in.

Family Kansas Missouri Adoption Photographer
Family Kansas Missouri Adoption Photographer

Could I photograph the day these children became legally theirs? Yes. Could I be there to witness the moment when this family became a full unit? Yes. Would this 30 minutes be a vastly more emotional experience than I ever imagined? Yes.

Family Kansas Missouri Adoption Photographer
Family Kansas Missouri Adoption Photographer

I had no idea what to expect, but I knew that for those in the room… this day would never be forgotten.

Family Kansas Missouri Adoption Photographer
Family Kansas Missouri Adoption Photographer

Adoption is a messy beautiful thing.

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Family Kansas Missouri Adoption Photographer

Messy, because brokenness and pain and trauma come packaged together with hope and kindness and redemption.

Family Kansas Missouri Adoption Photographer
Family Kansas Missouri Adoption Photographer

Messy, because in order for one family to become whole, another must first be broken.

Family Kansas Missouri Adoption Photographer

But among all that messiness - hope glimmers.

Family Kansas Missouri Adoption Photographer

Hope for the future, hope for love, and hope because His plan is always perfect.

Family Kansas Missouri Adoption Photographer
Family Kansas Missouri Adoption Photographer

Jana and Dan, I can’t even begin to describe how much this meant to me. THANK YOU for including me, for trusting me, and for following the path God laid out for you. I have such a greater understanding of and appreciation for what family really means because of you. Praying God’s richest blessings for all seven of you in the days to come!