The first time I really got to know Lyndsay was in her backyard. She and Wyley had been nominated for (and won) the “Yard Crashers” show. I watched as their backyard that was nothing but weeds was completely redone within a few short days. As I reflect on that crazy home makeover show, I remember another huge difference: no children. As I sat on their deck with my camera and took in what was before me, I was struck by the transformation that has taken place in their lives. What was once dead foliage was now plush greenery. I remembered hearing the anxiety in my friend’s voice over many coffee dates as she talked through her adoption process and worried about her children who were somewhere in the foster care system. She had not met them, but she knew were out there, waiting for her. Waiting for the paperwork to finish. Waiting for the social workers to do their job. Just waiting and unknowingly counting on the grown ups to make a way for their family to come together. There were so many unknowns and countless frustrations along the way. We prayed that they would be kept safe, that wherever they were that they were being taken care of.
It has been a little over a year that these precious children have come into their new home- their last home. I have watched as literally overnight a Husband and Wife turn into a Mom and a Dad of not one, but two children. It has been challenging at times but they have not done it alone. As I look at these images I can’t help but feel overwhelmed by the goodness of God. He takes broken relationships and circumstances and redeems them into something beautiful and new.
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