A picture is worth a thousand words. I once tried using this line along with a picture as a submission for an assignment in school. Thankfully, my teacher had a sense of humor and didn’t give me a failing grade on the spot. But pictures have the ability to evoke emotion, bring back memories, inspire you to better yourself. And some even speak to you, jumping off the page, off the computer screen, off the small rectangular screen of your phone.
That’s what happened when I first saw a picture of my son. I didn’t know he was my son at the time. But I did know that I was lonely for a child. And that I was willing to do just about anything and go pretty much anywhere to find the child for our family. No mountain of paperwork was too high, no valley of foster parent classes was too low. We heard story after story of the pain and emotional stress of becoming a foster parent with the intent of adopting. We were cautioned to love without becoming too attached, to hold the children tight in our arms while keeping their lives open in our hands. We were told to expect the unexpected, and to definitely not expect a child to stay in our home for long.
All those warnings, all those words of caution, those pieces of well-intended advice- they promptly flew out of our minds the moment we saw our boy. I had received an email broadcast from our agency about him, along with the advice of our adoption coordinator to submit our home study to be considered as an adoptive family for him. When I looked at his big brown eyes and the way he held onto the caseworker’s keys while grinning for the camera, I knew. I knew I wanted to get to know this little guy. I wanted to hear him giggle and see him toddle across the room. I wanted to have the chance to be his mom.
Fast forward a few weeks and I’m busy taking pictures to fill a book that will somehow tell a group of strangers how much we want to become parents. These pictures will tell them who we are and who we hope to be as mom and dad to this little boy. There are pictures of our home, his bedroom that I have had prepared for months, not knowing the age or gender of the child who would come but hoping and believing that one day, the books would be read, the puzzles would be completed, the blocks would be built, and one night, we would get to rock a child to sleep. There are pictures of the backyard and the neighborhood park. There are even pictures of the school he would one day attend.
And one morning, a few days later, there was reason to celebrate. This little boy, he would be ours! Our home would be filled with his laughter, our floors covered with his toys. And there were new memories to make, new photos to take- splashing in the pool, running through the sprinklers, choosing a Christmas tree, building train tracks, meeting grandparents and cousins for the first time, and a little over a year later, a picture with the judge who granted the adoption of our little guy AND his little sister.
Adoption is so very special to me. And you guys have made my first year of business so amazingly awesome. And November is National Adoption month. Do you see where this is headed? For the month of November, Vintage Fresh Design Co will be donating 10% of our sales to the Heart Gallery of Central Texas. The Heart Gallery is an exhibit which features photographs of kids in the area who are currently available for adoption through the foster care system. Many professional photographers donate their time to take quality portraits of these kids who are waiting for their forever family, and local business and organizations host the gallery for the public to view. This creates awareness and educates the community about the need for adoptive families in our area.
A picture is worth more than a thousand words- it can give a child the family they have longed for.
And that is priceless.