When I first met Kelsey and Justin two years ago, a picture of Beni and Zeke sat on their end table and I heard their story of hopes and dreams for bringing these boys home. Their adoption journey started before Kelsey become pregnant with Solomon. I was blessed to be Kelsey's doula and the birth photographer for his birth, so when she told me recently that after three years of waiting the "Red Sea" had parted and their boys were coming home, I was thrilled be asked to photograph their arrival (another kind of birth).
For three years Kelsey and Justin prayed for and longed for their boys, without ever having met them in person. Battling endless governmental red tape, they never gave up hope. Finally Justin flew over to do the final work in person. He was there a month before passports and everything for the boys was released to come home.
As I stood in the airport with Kelsey, my heart pounding in sympathetic anticipation for the big moment when her boys would come into her arms, we reminisced about the last moments of labor with Solomon. "I think waiting now is harder than pushing was then!" she said. And that's saying a lot, because she didn't have an easy labor.
With friends supporting Kelsey in the background, at last the airport security door opened and Justin walked through with Beni following behind and a tired Zeke sleeping in his arms after the long journey. Kelsey put her hand over her mouth in shock and joy and walked forward for a first family embrace with all five of them. I had to blink back the tears to see straight to photograph the moment.
And thus the Lyons family is united at last, in answer to prayer! These three boys couldn't have asked for better parents to lavish love upon them!
Push play on the image of their airplane landing below to see the slideshow.