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Hal + Carey // The Story

Hal + Carey // The Story

June marked 3 years of this journey on the road to adoption. It was just over 3 years ago that Hal and I had our first conversation about the Lord putting a desire in our hearts to have children. Within a month of that conversation God set us out on a journey we didn’t quite expect.

On a Saturday morning while sitting at our breakfast table I slid over an article to Hal entitled “The forgotten daughters of India.” This article described the harsh reality of what life is like for many women in India. I began sharing with Hal all that God had been showing me over the past month…whether it was something God showed me in Scripture, a conversation with a stranger or friend, something a DJ said on the radio, a sermon I listened to online or at church, or the article my mom gave me…God was literally confronting me at every turn with the needs of orphan girls in India. I’ll never forget the look on Hal’s face and what he said next. He opened the Word and read Proverbs 24:11 & 12:

“Rescue those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, “Behold, we didn’t know this,” does not He who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not He who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will He not repay man according to his work?”

Hal went on to say that God had been burning in his heart over the past month the responsibility we have as His children to look after the needs of orphans, specifically- orphans in India. He said, after reading this article and hearing what God had done in my heart it was clear The Lord had a daughter for us and that she was in India.

We cried, we prayed and then began researching the next steps in an Indian adoption. Hal was leaving for a meeting in Fairhope, Alabama on Wednesday, so we wanted to do as much research as possible before he left for the meeting. We could quickly see by what little research we had done that India was a tough country for inter-country adoptions. At that time, CARA (India’s Adoption Authority) had about 15 adoption agencies from across the US listed on their website that they recommended using, reading between the lines it seemed if you didn’t go through one of these agencies it’d be near impossible to adopt from their country. There were 2 agencies in the Southeast, one was in Atlanta, Georgia, and the other {you guessed it…} Fairhope, AL. We contacted the agency, set up an appointment, and later that week Hal sat down with Pat Lee from Children of the World to have the first of what would become countless conversations.

Over the next nearly 2½ years we did a lot of waiting, and waiting, then more waiting. But during that time The Lord poured out His grace {“Fear not, I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east & from the west I will gather you” Isaiah 43:5}, He sustained us {“Wait for the Lord, be strong, let your heart take courage” Psalm 27:14}, comforted when days seemed long and future uncertain {“He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” Colossians 1:17}. While doing mission work in India last November we were officially matched with our little girl- who is now 3 years old. We wanted so badly to travel down to Kerala where her orphanage is located and meet her, but it wasn’t allowed. So we did more waiting & praying.

To date, the road to adopting our daughter has been a 3 year 4 month long journey. Praise God, we hope to be uniting with her by Christmas! {Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12}

The Lord has taught us {refined us} so much over these past few years. He continues to remind us that needs surrounding us are important to recognize, but they are important to Christians for a different reason other than philanthropic efforts. It’s tempting to look at significant physical needs in the world and want to simply have compassion & generosity based on that; but for Christians it goes deeper than physical needs and helping an orphan child. It’s also meeting spiritual needs. There is a spiritual element that goes much deeper, and we have perhaps learned probably more in this process about that than we have about anything else- in terms of when you think about how right now there is an orphan girl in a slum in India. There is a heartbreaking effect that has on us all, but I think what we’ve learned the most going through this is that this is a greater picture of a spiritual reality of what God has taught us in Ephesians- that before the foundations of the world he looked upon us, we were trapped in our sin, covered in the shame of our unrighteousness, and in love He said I’ll go to them and I will redeem them, and adopt them and bring them into My family and clothe them in My righteousness.

While it has been an incredible journey learning about orphans and orphan care, all the more has it been significant because it has taught us about the way our Heavenly Father cares for us- who were orphans, who were trapped in sin, and are now redeemed and brought to life because of Christ.

~Carey & Hal

 

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