"To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." Isaiah 61:3

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Woman's World Magazine to Feature our Family...

We are so excited to share with you all that our family will be a feature story in the February 1st issue of Woman's World magazine. It actually hits the stands on January 25th...if you'd like to take a peek while waiting in line to pay your groceries! :)

Way last September, an editor from the magazine called and said that they had seen the clip done by our local TV station on our adoption and were wondering if we would agree to be interviewed and photographed for their magazine. I told them that we would but that maybe they should go and look at the Reece's Rainbow site because there are many families on there besides us who are much more inspiring. But, she said that they wanted to stick with us.

One thing I was adamant about was that Reece's Rainbow would get some publicity out of this. I can't wait to see if they did put the website information and how people can pursue adoptions of children with Down syndrome.

Over the next few months, we didn't hear from them, so I figured it wasn't approved as a story and that was that. However, we got called two days before Thanksgiving with them wanting to interview me and have a photo shoot...all on the Thanksgiving weekend.

I was interviewed over the phone and they read our blog to put together the one-page story. Also, a local photographer (Otis & James) was hired to do our photo shoot. The photographer said they normally wouldn't be able to squeeze this type of thing in their schedule because Thanksgiving weekend is so busy because of family portraits and so on. But it just so happened that the only time that worked for us, they had a cancellation. The photo shoot was emotionally draining because when Grace was happy, Bella wasn't. You know how that goes...

So here are a few sneak previews of the photos the photographer took to send to the magazine. The writer contacted me later and said the photos were exactly what they were looking for, and that she thought the story turned out to be inspiring.





It was a very exciting thing for our little family to get to be in a magazine. Guess that is our 15 minutes of fame! More importantly though, we hope and pray that it may lead others to look into international adoption of orphans with Down syndrome from around the world. Let's pray that it will have that affect!!

21 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures! I can't wait to read your article!
    Amy

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  2. Wow, great photos!! We are praying along with you that this piece will bring about some awareness.

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  3. Gorgeous, especially the second photo. That's like a poster child adoption picture!

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  4. Oh yeah! You guys take awesome pictures! Little miss Bella is SO photogenic! :) I can't wait! Will you be autographing copies? ;)

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  5. I can't wait to see it!! How cool is that! I love the pics - they're beautiful!

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  6. Congratulations! Couldn't have happened to a better family! Can't wait to see what they print too! God bless!

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  7. Fantastic!!! I noticed the new pictures lately, and the "Otis and James" logo on the bottoms and thought, "Oh, how neat - they had their pictures done by a photographer!". Now I know the story!

    I will most definitely be buying that issue!!

    That's so cool!!!!!!!!

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  8. P.S. I like the bottom picture the best!

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  9. This is wonderful! I am so happy for you and your family. I'm a high school counselor and tell my counselor friends how great your family and website is, such an inspiration. I'm so excited for the magazine article to come out and the pictures are wonderful! Congrats!

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  10. Those are awesome pictures!!!! I can't wait to get my copy of Women's World!!! When you look at the pictures, it looks so calm and not stressful. :-)

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  11. what beautiful pictures! You look fabulous! And what a great opportunity for RR to get a little publicity :)

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  12. Wow! What great photos! May God use this story for His glory.

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  13. What gorgeous photos! This is a great opportunity for good press on adoption! Lovely Paula! Cannot think of a nicer family to do it!

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  14. The pics turned out beautifully!! I can't wait to read the full article :)

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  15. What a great opportunity and some beautiful pictures!

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  16. I am definitely going to pick up that magazine! Great pictures and congrats!!!

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  17. Love the new pictures!!!
    They are so awesome!!
    Congrat's on having your story in the magazine..

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  18. Awesome pictures! Hopefully this will bring some awareness to Reece's Rainbow and Down Syndrome Adoption! Way to go!!

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  19. I just found your blog through another RR blog, and I suddenly realized "that's the family from the magazine!" My Mother-in-law brought the article to me on Saturday because she knows how closely I follow Ukrainian adoptions, and RR adoptions. (We have a 7-year-old son from Ukraine, we're in the process of adopting again from Ukraine, and we've also been advocating for one of the other angels on RR). Anyway, how cool was it to find your blog?!?! I praise God for uniting another forever family. And I hope you don't mind that I added you to my blog watch list, and also to the blog roll I keep on my blog.

    Jenn
    http://littleboydove.blogspot.com

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  20. Paula I love the pictures. I can't wait to get the magazine.

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