Nicki Handel Photography | An Easter Surprise

An Easter Surprise

April 25, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Once upon a time, a wonderful couple dreamed of having a child of their own. No journey to parenthood is the same, but theirs was particularly challenging. Throughout the years, this couple faced obstacles that many people would have struggled to overcome. But they overcame every hurdle that crossed their path and continued on together, maintaining hope and faith that their greatest dream may one day come true. Ultimately, they turned to adoption as a means to become a family. However, this chapter of their life turned out to be much harder and the wait much longer than they could imagine.


After hitting the two-year mark in their journey to welcome a child into their family through adoption, with no foreseeable end in sight, this couple decided to take a much-needed vacation. Little did they know that this vacation was in fact a "babymoon," for by the time they would return home, their dream of becoming parents would come true!


Caryn & Keith were on a cruise, enjoying the break from technology that comes with no cell reception, oblivious to the miracle happening back on the mainland. Unbeknownst to them, the adoption agency was trying desperately to get in touch with them to share the wonderful news that a birth mother had chosen them to adopt her son! Caryn & Keith didn't regain cell phone service until coming back into port in the early morning hours on their last day of vacation. It was then that they saw that they had missed dozens of calls while they were out at sea! The message that most caught their attention was from the adoption agency, simply saying to contact them ASAP. Assuming it had something to do with their paperwork, Caryn & Keith immediately called them, brushing aside the early hour of the call. It was then, with the morning sun beginning to rise, that they learned that their greatest dream had come true: their son had been born!! 



As the shock & pure joy washed over them, preparations began in full force, starting with their flight to return home! Upon their arrival, they headed straight to Babies R Us, and proceeded to buy anything and everything they could think of to welcome their son home :). 




Oh, the excitement they must have felt as they anticipated finally meeting their son, must have been incredible! The next day, just over 24 hours after they heard the wonderful news, their son was placed in their arms. Finally, their family was finally complete.




A journey that had pulled these two through unimaginable difficulties, filled with countless sleepless nights longing to become parents & wondering if that dream would ever come true, had finally brought them to their happy ending. Please join me in welcoming home sweet baby Caleb Christopher!! 



In all of my Newborn sessions, I have to say that I have never worked with a more cooperative baby! Caleb slept through the ENTIRE shoot, allowing us to move him as needed with ease. A sweet little peanut, he gave us some adorable smiles :). 






Born shortly before Easter and home with Mommy & Daddy the day before Easter, he was the perfect Easter baby. How adorable is this bunny outfit and Easter set-up?!!


Caryn & Keith, I am so full of joy for you both that your little boy is finally home! Thank you for letting me be a part of capturing this beautiful moment in your family's life :).


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