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Why I’m Not in a Hurry to Adopt

I’m not in a big hurry to adopt. It’s not because as new foster parents we have a home full of girls (3, if you haven’t heard the news. An 11 year old, 8 year old and 3 year old) and I can’t imagine more. It’s not because I’m pregnant (because I’m not), and it’s not because I have a desire to wait for my child.

Being a foster parent is amazing, and we have been blessed with a wonderful sister group, wonderful DCS workers, and wonderful communication with our little ones’ family. It really couldn’t have been a more perfect arrangement for us, and I definitely give God all the credit there. He knew what we needed, and even though I freaked out a little after we accepted the placement (but before they came), it’s worked out better than I ever hoped. We love these girls, and it will be hard for us to see them go someday, but we know that their family loves them so we are very hopeful for their futures. One thing being a foster parent has not done for me though is lessen my desire to have kids of my own. Yes, I am now a mom. It doesn’t matter what your opinion is on that, I am a mom now, and will always be. Motherhood is a heart issue just as much as a tummy issue, and I have learned these past two months that no matter what, from now on I get to be included in Mother’s Day celebrations because I am officially in that club. So , yes, I am a mom, and it’s been spectacular, but I still want one of my own, to keep.

I’m not in a hurry though. Do you know why?

I’m not in a big hurry to adopt because I know if I am waiting, it’s because my little child isn’t ready yet. Maybe they haven’t even been conceived. God knows exactly which child is meant for me, and there is no sense in me rushing anything, because it will work out the way it is supposed to. Yes, I was a little bummed that it’s been a month and a half and we still haven’t reached our goal of $9,000 (we are at about $5,300, and we need to get to $9,000 before we can become a “waiting family” and be matched with a baby), I’ll admit it. I have come to terms with the fact, though, that I am not in control, and that the One who is in control is a whole lot smarter than I am. So it’s a good thing. It’s good that we haven’t raised the money yet, and it’s good that birth-moms haven’t seen our profiles, because it means I know without a shred of doubt that our baby isn’t ready yet, and I’ll know when she is (I always picture a girl, although I’d happily have a boy too!) that we will be ready too. So we wait.

In the meantime, I am getting some very good mommy-practice.

If you’d like to support our adoption, here is the link: YouCaring- Jason and Sarah-Marie SmithFullSizeRenderEvery person who contributes will have their name written on a puzzle piece that we will glue together and hang in our baby’s room. This way they will always know how wanted and loved they were, not only by us, but by so so many friends, family, and strangers.





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Augie & Atticus || Home Life Photography

I think I say it a lot, but I love shooting in homes!! It’s super personal and the kids often open up faster than they normally will outside the home. I got to meet Augie and Atticus today at their home, and even though Atticus was super excited about it, Augie wasn’t sure at all. He eventually warmed up to me a bit though (not enough to get a high-five, but enough to elicit a few smiles, which is good enough for me!) and we got some cute ones! We started with Atticus upstairs on the bed…

SarahMariePhotography_0221Eventually Augie decided it looked fun and wanted to get in on the bed action, so we took it to his room. I was sneaky with my camera, and got some ones of him being very proud of all his trophies!SarahMariePhotography_0222

Once we got outside, we found all kinds of fun stuff! We found soccer balls, baseball bats, sidewalk chalk and rockets. Augie had really good form with his soccer!SarahMariePhotography_0224

OMG I love the middle right one below! Look at how sweet they look!SarahMariePhotography_0225Sidewalk chalk= Excellent Diversion


It’s amazing how incredibly cute a jar full of bugs can look in a photo session. Any other circumstance and would just run away.SarahMariePhotography_0227

Look at that smile! They couldn’t resist 😉SarahMariePhotography_0223Thank you Lori and Augie! I had a great time with you guys! Your family is beautiful (and so is your home!)

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Ben & Mackenzie’s Lifestyle Session || Eighth and Roast

Eighth and Roast is a little coffee shop tucked away in the industrial-chic section of 8th Avenue in downtown Nashville. It boasts gourmet java and a very friendly staff (they were super nice about us shooting there!). I’d never been before, but when Ben, Mackenzie and I were all brainstorming their session, this place came up right away. We were looking for a super casual space that would both showcase them as a couple (naturally), and not be too engagement-y (I know, not a word). Since coffee is sort of a huge thing for them, and they are kind of that hipster-chic couple, this space ended up being PERFECT!

SarahMariePhotography_0209They supplied us with these blue mugs when they found out we were doing a session. It even matches the outfits!SarahMariePhotography_0210I stayed away and asked them to have a real conversation and kiss “when they felt like it.” As we went along, that became a little more often:-)The snuggles in the in-between were so precious though and they were so comfortable with each other.SarahMariePhotography_0211Doing these kinds of “love sessions” after a few years of marriage is super important I think. Most people get engagement pictures, wedding pictures, and then pictures of their kids forever and ever, and they lose focus that it all started with them. Even if you have kids, you should still have these kinds of moments with your spouse, and be proud of it!SarahMariePhotography_0212SarahMariePhotography_0213Ben and Mackenzie have been married for two years and they are incredibly cute together. They needed some shots to freshen up their home, and since Mackenzie is a hair genius, we traded services!SarahMariePhotography_0214Flirting=AWESOMENESSSarahMariePhotography_0215SarahMariePhotography_0216We wanted to get a few of them by themselves to use for jobs and, of course, profile pictures!SarahMariePhotography_0217This was so much fun. Ben and Mackenzie are the nicest people and I’m so blessed to know them! It was hot outside, but good company can overcome that any day, and the result was just magic.SarahMariePhotography_0218Love you guys! I hope you’re as in love with these as I am! Thanks for coming out with me and making it a blast!!

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Me, the Do-It-Yourselfer ||DIY Headboard

Me! I did this! What?!

I’m not very crafty. Granted, I want to be crafty, and I try really hard, but it doesn’t come natural to me. I would love to learn how to do woodwork and make jewelry, or come up with cool crafts and learn to paint, but if I ever do that, it will take me a lot of time and effort. So, since I am now a stay at home mom with no kids while I wait for our foster placement, I have time to spare, so I’m getting stuff done! I decided that our kids room is REALLY cute, but not totally complete. I have two ideas in mind, and one I completed in one day! I made a headboard! This blog won’t be a step by step blog, but I will post the link to where I learned how to do this. It’s surprisingly easy and fast and I really love the result.

1-SarahMariePhotography_0197This was the bed before. It just looks lonely in that corner and needed a boost. At first I measured for just a headboard, but later saw what it looked like with a corner piece, and decided to do that instead.

I got all of my supplies at Home Depot and Joann’s. Altogether, it was about $100, but I also had to buy a staple gun and staples, so I was completely starting from scratch. I got board, batting, fabric, a staple gun, staples, and a hanging mount (which I later returned). Here’s the blog I followed to do this:

2-SarahMariePhotography_0196The hardest part of this by far was picking out the fabric and then hanging the headboard up. I needed something neutral, and all the fabrics I liked were too girly or too expensive. I ultimately found one, but I spent a lot more time at Joann’s than I anticipated. We tried hanging mounts to attach the headboard to the wall, but the board was so thin (I used 1/4 inch) that the screws would poke through the wood. We finally ended up just using huge nails and nailing it to the wall, but BOY it took a long time. Since nailing it to the wall was not my original goal, I hadn’t made pilot holes and it took a lot of elbow grease to finally get it up. I do like the way it looks though, and when I find out if we are getting a boy or a girl, I will cover those holes with the appropriate colored buttons.3-SarahMariePhotography_0198Ta da! I just love this little nook and how it turned out! It’s comfy and secure, and makes it look like the bed is more permanent. What do you think? Do you like the polka dots?!

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Ryker’s Newborn Session || Sarah-Marie Photography

I met Ryker’s family about a year and a half ago when his brother was born and they booked a Baby’s First Year package with me. At that time I was still a little green with the newborns, but we spent a lot of time and Kian’s pictures were soooo cute! Fast forward to a year later and right before I was about to get all misty-eyed because the last session was over and I wouldn’t likely see the family until 2 year pictures, mommy let me know that she was expecting another client! Those were her words, not mine, and I thought it was adorable! Well, that little client has arrived and he is just as precious a his predecessors. His sister Kaya presented me with an adorable handwritten card upon arrival at their home, and Kian pretended to go all shy on me. He was a little tough to get with his new brother, but by the end he was super smiley and we got something really cute! Ryker was veeeery interested in what I was doing so he never fell asleep, but he was still very snuggly and we had a good time. I can’t wait for the next session with them, coming up soon!!SarahMariePhotography_0192We snuck that last shot in of Ryker and Kian. We were pretty tricky.SarahMariePhotography_0193I love this last one. All three kids are kind of doing their own thing, but they just exude comfort with each other and that sibling bond that usually takes a lot more time to come around.SarahMariePhotography_0194Baby feet and hands. So sweet.SarahMariePhotography_0195He’s only pretending to sleep in these. They were blinks!

I can’t believe I just told you my trade secrets…..

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