Florence, SC Family Photographer: Mark, Erika, McCall, Haig, Eli, and Suubi!

Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

I shared their slideshow on Facebook Sunday evening, but I wanted to share more here on the blog. God has done and is doing a beautiful work in this family, and it should be shouted from the rooftops! HE is SO GOOD and HE alone deserves ALL glory for what is happening in this family. We spent a very rushed and chaotic few minutes with these six people Friday evening. Rushed because there was a giant black cloud looming over us, threatening to burst at any given moment. Chaotic because, well, there were five kids involved (their four plus our Clara Beth, along because she wanted to lay eyes on the little girl that she has been praying for). Anytime kids are involved things get chaotic, am I right?

Psalm 130: 5-6 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.

Isn’t Facebook a funny thing? See, I have been following Mark and Erika’s journey to their baby for what feels like years. It’s been full of ups and downs…more than I could ever know…but I have followed along through Facebook and their blog. And then things got REALLY real this summer. Mark and Erika travelled to Uganda to bring their daughter home. We watched from across the globe and cried happy tears as they met their baby girl. Through a little but very important to A LOT of people Facebook page, we saw victories like her clenched fists opening up to hold her Daddy’s hand, followed them to important appointments, saw Erika handle things in a foreign country by herself after Mark had to travel home, visited a Ugandan orphanage…I could go on and on. Every morning I would sit with my coffee and open up the Facebook page to see if any updates had been made while I was sleeping. I felt like I got to know sweet Suubi through that page and I am so thankful to Mark and Erika for sharing their journey and being so transparent.

Isaiah 35: 3-6 Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.” Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.

But back to Friday evening. We worked FAST, but it was such a beautiful thing to see the six of them together. Let me tell you, this little girl has the most amazing laugh and smile I have ever seen. Seriously, it lights up all over her entire face and it’s impossible to see it and not smile yourself. Her brothers are IN LOVE. They were so sweet to soothe her when she was upset. She would lay her head on her Daddy’s shoulder and close her eyes to find comfort from all of the loud and unfamiliar noises that were surrounding her. And she would calm right down when she felt insecure and heard her momma’s voice singing to her from a few feet away. That ALWAYS calmed her right down. Suubi Anne LOVES her people.

Ephesians 3:20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…

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All of the verses in this post (plus the ones in the slideshow) are scripture that they clung to throughout their journey to Suubi. I can’t even begin to tell you what a blessing it has been for Collin and me to see the six of them together…and to see the words from the Lord that got them through the painful and scary days on their way to Suubi. Happy 5th Birthday (a day late!), Sweet Suubi! It was so nice to meet you!


Proverbs 24:12 “If you excuse yourself, saying, “Look we didn’t know anything about this,” doesn’t God, who knows what you are really thinking, understand your motives? Isn’t your protector aware of why you aren’t helping the innocent? Will He not repay you in kind?”

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