My Love Will Find You

I was asked a few days ago how long we have been on this journey to adopt. Officially, the answer is one year. We started our home study last year. But really? Really adoption has been the journey of our heart for over 10 years. It has been a part of the plan from the beginning of our marriage. It’s something God wrote on my heart so long ago that I can’t even pinpoint when it began. Just like many moms long for the day they find out they are pregnant, I have longed for the day we get a referral call.

AND WE GOT IT!! Almost two weeks ago, on November 7, our agency called with incredible news. And we now have a seven year old son in ETHIOPIA!! Besides being an ocean away from him, the hardest thing is not being able to share a picture of his sweet face. He has the most perfect smile and I think he looks like Charlotte. His name is beautiful and what his name means is even better. We have 8-10 months until we can travel, so it kind of feels like a pregnancy. Except I wake up everyday and he isn’t with me.

We pray for him every night as we say our family prayers and I made an email address just for him so I can send him messages every time I think about him. Brooks is still too young to really understand, but he tries to say his name. Charlotte on the other hand is beyond excited to have a big brother. Despite being three years younger, I’m sure she will treat him like her little brother and will totally take charge. When we were in the car with my parents a few days ago, out of nowhere she said that he needed some farm boots. Papaw got Charlotte and Brooks a pair of boots that they always wear at the farm and she wants to make sure her new big brother gets a pair too! Then she said that he could ride the tractor first. Now THAT is sibling love at it’s best!

As many of you know, international adoption is expensive. In total, it will cost us about $35,000 to bring him home. I know it seems like a crazy number. But that’s what it takes. And we will do WHATEVER it takes! We’re sacrificing in every way that we can and are working extra to make this happen. But we need you!

We have already been blessed with your support through our first fundraiser that helped us raise $6,000 so that big number has already been reduced to $29,000! If you would like to be a part of this journey, we need your prayerful support and donations! You can send donations through the ≥≥÷/ link below or email amcaffry1@yahoo.com and we can send you our home address. Thank you for being a part of putting this sweet boy into his forever family!

We need to raise another $6000 for our Program Fee in the next two weeks. We will be forever grateful for your help in bringing him home!

For those of you ready to do some Christmas shopping, the fundraiser below is a great gift item! These tea towels were designed by Erin Haines Design Co. and the words “My Love Will Find You” make me cry every time I read them. I’m so thankful to serve a God that knits families together across oceans and races and languages, and I pray that though he won’t know about us until January, he will begin to feel the love we have for him already.

We hope that you will love these tea towels as much as we do. They will make great Christmas gifts for gift exchanges, hostess gifts, and for out of town family. :))

They are $15 each or two for $25. Shipping is FREE!

DELIVERY DETAILS! If you are local, you can pick them up at my studio on December 5. If you’re out of town or can’t make it then, we’ll ship them out on December 5. They are available for ordering through December 1st! PLEASE note your preference for shipping or pickup in the notes of your order!

TO ORDER: Click the donate button below and submit your order through Paypal. Just enter the amount for the number of towels you are ordering. (1 for $15, 2 for $25, 3 for $40, 4 for $50, etc.!) If you’d rather use a different payment method, just email amcaffry1@yahoo.com and submit your order that way!



 

We are eternally grateful for you!

Love, the McAffrys (all five of us!)

Kara and Perry | Engaged

First of all, it must be noted that I taught Kara and Perry when they were in high school. I loved them then and I love them now. Kara actually won a photography contest in my class and Perry won a place in my heart when he brought me an autographed picture of one of my favorite bands.  Photographing them now as an engaged couple was one of the highlights of the season. They are so in love and are so stinkin’ adorable! Kara has a love of all things Disney, so there are a few hints of that throughout the shoot. Perry brought along his guitar as a prop and even played a little during the shoot. They’re the cutest!

 

Sarah McAffry specializes in weddings, families and seniors in the Knoxville, Tennessee and surrounding East TN areas. Contact info@sarahmcaffry.com for more details about booking. 

Brittany & Matt | Pleasant Hill Vineyards

A few Saturdays ago, I had the privilege to be a part of Brittany and Matt’s wedding at Pleasant Hill Vineyards in Maryville, Tennessee. It was a day of high emotions as the storms rolled in, but the dark clouds didn’t shake these two! It was very clear what was most important to them and other distractions didn’t get in the way. The dark clouds actually enhanced the beauty and drama of their day!

Brittany and Matt were surrounded by beautiful details including vintage plates and floral thermoses provided by Luxe Catering, romantic Autumn flowers by Lisa Foster, the perfect twinkle lights and a few raindrops. Many thanks to Ashley Irick who did an amazing job coordinating this special wedding day!

 

 

Planner: Ashley Irick

Dress: White Lace & Promises

Hair & Makeup: Katie Jean at Salon Zeal

Venue: Pleasant Hill Vineyards

Caterer: Luxe Catering

Florist: Lisa Foster

Music: Ogle Entertainment

Baker: Luxe Catering, Cheryl McMillan Cake Design

Photographer Sarah McAffry specializes in wedding, family and senior photography in the Knoxville, Tennessee and surrounding East Tennessee areas. Contact info@sarahmcaffry.com for more information about booking.

Valentina Sanabria | Powell High School

When Valentina came to the studio with her parents to plan her senior session, I knew instantly this would be one for the books. Besides the amazing locations like Cades Cove and the private plane at the airport, I saw immediately what a tight knit family they are and nothing makes me happier than photographing people who know what matters most.

Valentina is loved by many and is absolutely a dream to photograph. She had mentioned that she wanted pictures with her horse, but she chose Cades Cove instead. When we saw the horses out in the field at sunset in the middle of Cades Cove, it was pure magic. They were in the perfect place at the perfect time. I’m so glad you got your horse pictures, Valentina! More photos of the whole family coming soon. :)

Wardrobe by Josie’s Boutique

Makeup by Raymie Alsobrooks

 Sarah McAffry specializes in senior, family, and wedding photography in the Knoxville, Tennessee and surrounding East TN areas. Contact info@sarahmcaffry.com for more details.

Kellie Buckner

Kellie and I have known each other for a few years now, and when she came in to celebrate her 50th birthday I was happy to make her birthday wish come true! She got the photos to celebrate herself, and to give a little surprise to her parents. Kellie, thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your journey!

Photographer Sarah McAffry specializes in wedding, family and senior photography in the Knoxville, Tennessee and surrounding East Tennessee areas. Contact info@sarahmcaffry.com for more information about booking. 

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