What a whirlwind few weeks it has been! The holidays always seem to do that, sneaking up on all of us while we aren’t looking and then surprise! Christmas is here. This year that has been especially true. For one, I’ve had the incredible good fortune of photographing nearly 30 families in the last 3 weeks!

The response from my last blog post was overwhelming and within days I was completely booked for the weekend before Thanksgiving. More requests kept coming in and my weekends and weeks have been full in the best kind of way. It has been such an honor to capture so many beautiful families, each with their own story. There were total strangers who heard about our adoption journey and felt compelled to contribute, old friends (who I haven’t seen in years) traveling across the state to have their families photographed, and those near and dear to us who support and love us so well. In total we raised a little over $3,300 towards some unexpected extra expenses of our adoption! We truly have so much gratitude for all the kindness that has come our way.

I am also really excited to announce that in the new year I will be launching my photography website. Resting Roost Photography is coming at you in 2015! I will keep this blog for personal story sharing and will be using the photography website for more professional work. I hope to have to opportunity to capture all of your beautiful families, stay tuned for details!

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Thanksgiving weekend is by far my favorite weekend of the year. We have a solid tradition that goes back to when my Lily girl was only a baby. This year we hosted 22, both young and old, around our table. It was wonderful, fun, and as perfect as large gatherings with lots of children can be. We ate sweet potato casserole, sausage and corn bread stuffing, a 20 pound turkey, homemade macaroni and cheese, chestnut stuffing wrapped in bacon, butterscotch cream pie, pecan pie pumpkin cheesecake, as well as all the other regulars that dress the Thanksgiving table. On Saturday we went to Beaver Brook Farm for the 8th year in a row for their annual open house. Their farmers spend the weekend sheering their herd of sheep while children and parents looks on. They have hay rides, warm cider and hot chocolate, wool for sale, and delicious food all made with meat and cheese from their animals. After we had our fill of food and farm life we took a ferry ride across the Connecticut river and went to a local tree farm to cut down our tree with friends. We got ourselves a massive, snow dusted tree, set it up in the living room and passed out from joy and exhaustion. Sunday was full of left over pie, egg nog, untangling lights, dusting off the ornaments, and moving slowly. Every year, this is our tradition. It really is the best. What’s your tradition?

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Our adoption story (which started out here, and then led us to here, and eventually to here) has taken us on a two-year wild ride full of twists and turns, heartache and hope, and lots of patience required. Despite all the work, the anxiety, and the waiting we know in the end it will be so worth it when we finally hold that sweet baby in our arms. We are nearing the end of this long road and the only thing holding us back is the last $5,000 we need to make our family’s dream a reality. In an effort to move our process along, I am excited to be offering holiday photo mini sessions as part of a fundraiser for our adoption!

What will I get?: You will receive 20-25 beautiful images of your family to have forever. You can use the photos for both holiday cards or gifts!

How much?: $100 (or an above donation of your choosing) for a 30 minute session to have your family photographed in both candid and beautifully posed shots.

When: Saturday, November 22nd (National Adoption Day!) from 9am-3pm and Sunday, November 23rd from 10am-4pm.

Where: The beautiful Amity Woodbridge Historical Society, located at 1907 Turnpike in Woodbridge, CT (right outside of New Haven off the Merritt Parkway)

For information on reserving a session, please contact me via Facebook or email me at restingroostphotography@gmail.com.

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