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An Adoption Story || Bringing Gray Home || Video

Here is a glimpse into Joe and Regan’s first moments with Gracyn.

Pray for them as they finalize everything in Delhi this week and then adjust to a new life with Gray! I’m sure the next few weeks will be exciting and trying.

Grab some tissues before hitting play…


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An Adoption Story || Bringing Gray Home

The first time I spoke to Regan and Joe was less than a month ago. Little did we know then that the money to cover my expenses to travel to India would be raised in just a couple weeks and we would meet each other on the other side of the world! You guys… your support gave this beautiful family a priceless gift. Their first moments with Gracyn were hard and holy. How do you explain to a 2-year-old what is waiting for her when you’re taking her from the only people who have loved her? That girl was so brave and so scared. You can see it in the photos. One day, Regan and Joe will be able to show her these photos and tell her stories of the day they met.

By the second day, Gray was a new girl! Smiles and sass all around! She has her daddy wrapped around her finger already and she and mama are going to be best friends.

Enjoy the photos of their first few days together. And THANK YOU. To those of you who supported me for this trip whether through donations, discounted sessions, or prayer, I am so grateful. Your gifts were God’s message to me that this is his purpose for me. Thank you will never be enough…


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Sessions for India // Documenting Gracyn's Adoption

Adoption Documentation in 2020…

Well, 2020 is off to a pretty exciting start! I got a Facebook message about a week ago asking about the process for me to document an adoption overseas. As most of you know,  The Dream Village was born out of a heart for adoption that I’ve had since childhood. With three adopted siblings, an adopted son, an adopted nephew, and adopted cousins, adoption has always been a part of my life.

If you didn’t know, adoption is extremely expensive. My heart has always been to document adoptions for FREE, even on international trips. I don’t want to add any pressure to families at a time when they have invested so much just to bring their child home. But the moments of that first meeting are so precious. Having those moments documented is truly a gift.

Regan and Joseph will be traveling to India at the end of the month to meet their daughter, Gracyn, and bring her home. They’ve been waiting to meet her for TWO YEARS! After chatting with them, it looks like everything is lining up for me to accompany them to capture their first moments as a family. (Coincidentally, it was exactly six years ago that I went to India for the first time to document an adoption.) I spent most of yesterday filling out all the necessary forms to get an Indian Visa. This is really happening!

I usually have more time to raise funds, but I’m confident that this is a calling God placed on my life. When He calls us to do something, He also provides everything needed for the journey.

How can you help?

If you’d like to help with the expenses for this trip, I’m selling discounted sessions to raise money.

The first session option  is 45-60 minutes and includes all the digital images. These sessions can be used any time in 2020.

The second option is a 30-minute session with all the digitals. Again, this can be used any time in 2020!

These sessions also make great gifts! If you don’t need a session, pass it on to someone who could use an updated family portrait.

If you’d just like to donate without purchasing a session, you can do that by clicking here. 

You can also browse our store and purchase a piece of art for your home!

Thank you for supporting adoptive families by helping us share their stories.

Four ways you can help...

Click the photos below to purchase or donate!

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adoptive family Archives - The Dream Village
adoptive family Archives - The Dream Village

adoptive family Archives - The Dream Village

An Adoption Story || Meet the Beech Family

I was headed to Mississippi a few months ago to document an adoption day for a family. The woman called and asked if there was any way I could meet with a friend of hers to document her family’s adoption story, too. Well, of course I said yes!

Although I wasn’t able to be there for the actual adoption day for the Beech Family, we spent a few hours at the park and they shared their story with me. They were so gracious and sweet. It was a hot (and I mean HOT) day in Southern Mississippi but we found the coolest, shadiest spot we could find and their story spilled out. It was so heart-warming to see them with their two little ones and even sweeter to see their 16-year-old with his siblings.

The thing I love about adoption stories is that every single one is different. Every family has a unique story. Their motivation is different. Their family situation is different. Their children are different. But as different as they are, every story touches my heart in the same way. My hope is that they touch you, too.

Enjoy this little snippet of the Beech Family.


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An Adoption Story--Meet Alonzo

An adoption story submitted by Courtney Barron

I would not specifically say I was inspired to adopt, but I will share a little of my story. When Alonzo was 3 and half years old, he was about to be taken away from my younger sister and placed into the state’s custody due to her many addictions and the lifestyle she was leading. I got the call from another family member on August 8th, 2015 as I was leaving work, asking me to come get Alonzo because in that moment I was the only qualified person in my family. By that I mean I had no criminal history, no drug use, I had a stable job, stable living, etc.

So I then rushed to get Alonzo. He didn’t understand what was going on at that time, and I wasn’t sure of what I was doing myself. For many days and nights, I cried wondering how I would succeed in life, how would I achieve all of the things I wanted to at the age of 21 when I all of a sudden had a child thrown to me. Well, I had high hopes and prayed many, many prayers that my sister would get it together and be reunited with him. However, that’s not how it played out. Her rights were terminated.

She became pregnant with baby number 2 when Alonzo was 5 years old. The social worker then asked if i could take baby number 2 when it was born. I kindly refused. I was only 23. I wasn’t sure if I could handle a new born and a 5 year old while balancing a full time job all by myself with no family or anyone around. To make this story short and sweet, the middle baby was adopted by a wonderful couple and Alonzo was adopted by me on the same day, April 6th, 2018. This was the best day of our lives. Walking on eggshells was finally over!

But to sum this story up, we could not–I COULD NOT–have made it through without God! He made this all possible. He gave me the strength to carry on when I thought there was no hope.

And here we are today, one year after adoption, still feeling a little unreal but amazing!

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Skylar's Adoption Story // Video

When God connects the dots...

Recently, a friend of mine tagged me in a post on Facebook because her friend was looking for someone to document their adoption day. Ashli and I connected and I knew immediately this was something God wanted me to do.

I drove to Mississippi and spent a few days getting to know the Hernandez Family. Alonso and Ashli made a huge impression on me. Their hearts for foster care and adoption are evident in everything they say and do. And Skylar is the most adorable, sassy, lovable girl you’ll ever meet. She ran in and out of the room as we were filming and every time she climbed in Ashli or Alonso’s lap, I felt the overwhelming reality of God’s grace and love.

Skylar is SO loved. As one of her great grandmothers says in the video, she was created to be in this family. I was so honored to be a part of their adoption day as well as the celebration day! A longer version will be coming soon, but for now, watch the highlights of this special adoption story.

Ashli can be reached for speaking engagements via her Facebook Page.

Original music for this video written by Terrance Quaites. (www.therealtq.com)