This family is so special to me. To enter their home is to walk into warmth and love. A place where laughter echoes off the walls and togetherness permeates the air. This is a home where children are loved and time together is treasured. Yes, a few tears and teachable moments are scattered throughout as well. This is real life with two toddlers and an infant after all.
When Justin first met Krystal many years ago there was little doubt that they were each other’s person. Yet neither knew just how God would challenge and grow them over the years. This last year was no exception. Finding out about a baby with Down syndrome that God created for them to adopt was a challenge yet a gift of grace. Baby Ruby came into the world three months ago at a hospital in North Carolina. Her birth story was beautifully documented by Jessie Fultz Photography. Two months later, I came into their home to document their life as a family of five and enjoyed every moment.
Justin and Krystal – For years we have grown up side by side. Justin, thank you for always being a part of the family, a support and brother to us all. Krystal you are such a beautiful woman, full of grace and hope. Your quite spirt and faithful trust pushes me to honor Christ more. Thank you both for inviting me into your home to document your precious family. I cannot wait to see what else God has in store for the future.
“We know without a doubt that we are not plan B for Ruby, she was always intended for our family. From the moment I knew of her I knew I would be her mother”.
Playtime with daddy is a highlight of the weekend. These girls know how to enjoy fun with him as their baby sister cuddles with mom in the background. I love the way dads play with their kids, so much adventure and wild abandon.
The magic of childhood is that simple blocks are turned into castles, painted wood pieces become towers of accomplishment.
Playing is hard work sometimes. So is folding, or throwing towels.
Life as a toddler can be rough. There is so much learning to be done, so many corrections and life lessons to be had. Krystal weathers the storm of toddlerhood with grace and discipline.
Morning teeth brushing in not a favorite for these little ones, yet must be done before backyard play can commence.
Nothing comforts tears over spilt water like eating bacon in your undies. This has to be my new favorite picture!
These girls love their new baby sister with all of their hearts. Trying to sneak a few pictures of just her was a nearly impossible task as they were not to be away from her for long. I don’t mind at all and love that the beautiful picture of all three of them happened naturally.
Getting toddlers out of the house and running around is a necessity for parenthood survival so off to the park we went.
“No words can describe the beauty of this process, there is no way to convey the feelings of my heart, I am blessed beyond words”.
After a full morning of fun and laughter, sprinkled with correction and tears, we returned home ready for slumber and dreams.
The quotes in this story are from Krystal and taken from the blog she started to document the journey of adopting baby Ruby. You can read more about Justin and Krystal’s adoption journey here. If you are interested in learning more about adopting a child with Down syndrome or are pregnant and looking for options, please visit the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network here