we had had the sweetest, most spectacular time together shooting caroline and henry’s wedding, exploring centuries old palaces and cathedrals, and roaming the narrow streets of paris hand in hand like we did back when we strolled around samford’s campus all those years ago. with our 15th wedding anniversary under our belts, we were looking ahead to the future and making plans for how we thought our family might move forward.

then the lord went all proverbs 16:9 on us.


back in the summer of 2013, i took a deep breath and pushed “publish” on a personal post that i prayed the lord would use in great ways for his glory and for many little lives in our country. just months after that bit of news, though, i was crippled with some scary health issues; we had no choice but to abandon our plans for another adoption. discouraged and confused, josh and i felt like god was closing the door on the very path he’d forged for us. our new (if not overly simplistic) prayer became, lord, we don’t understand why you seem to be taking adoption off the table but we trust your sovereign hand in this. if you will for us to adopt again, just cause our phone to ring with the news of a child who needs a family.


the rest of 2013 passed by without event and i spent much of the next two years healing and learning a new way of life in our family and my job. but one thing never changed for us…that burning desire to speak for the tiniest of lives around us. time and time again we asked the lord to give us a voice. we became involved in the foster care ministry of our church and even finished the training to become a foster family ourselves. but then the most unexpected event happened…

the lord’s “no” became “now” when he so clearly answered our prayers and, yes, my phone actually rang with the news of a child who needed a family.


i’ll spare you the details on how less than two hours before birth one baby turned into twins because believe it or not, that’s not the most remarkable part of this story (although you can read about it HERE if you’d like), but i will share this post from my personal facebook page because it’s such a clear picture of the lord’s holy sovereignty and lovingkindness. we prayed for a voice and while it wasn’t the way we’d hoped or expected, a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves is exactly what he gave our family in the form of a little three-pound beauty and her precious brother…

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we didn’t know if we’d have two days with her, much less the two full months we’ll be celebrating this weekend. our family is overwhelmed with praise to the One who creates and sustains life for the glory of His great name!


“he is the image of the invisible god, the firstborn of all creation. for by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things were created through him and for him. and he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
colossians 1:15-17

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4 Responses to a behind the scenes look at the tiny happenings around my house

  1. NELL STUMBO says:

    Again, you are absolutely awesome!!

  2. Andrea Dutton says:

    Thank you Allison for sharing. I’m not in the same Sunday School class with your Mom now do I depend on your photos to keep up. I see Mary but rarely get to talk.

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