We have had the pleasure of knowing this amazing family for years and are blessed to have them as dear friends. We have watched their faith grow in spite of wretched circumstances. Not only did they struggle with infertility issues for years, they ended up losing their second-born, son Jack, just a little over 2 months after he was born. Just unimaginable. My heart was completey broken for them. However, it was in how Jeny and DJ responded that was so amazing. They made the decision fairly soon thereafter to adopt. God was restoring their hearts with the desire they had always had – to be a mom and dad. Jeny & DJ did not appear to be angry, but instead rejoiced in the very short time they had with this amazing little soul that would change their lives forever! You can follow Jeny and read all about their incredible story through her blog, Smiling Through the Rain. She also is a founder of Called to Adopt, an organization that helps raise money for families considering domestic adoptions.
For me personally, Jeny’s reaction to these events in her life had a profound impact on me. She doesn’t even know this. Because she chose to rest in God’s promise and not turn away in anger, it made me rethink my own relationship with God. I decided that I should get reconnected to the body of Christ and give thanks, even in the midst of my little struggles. “If she can do it, I certainly can” I thought. I knew that her strength was coming from God. She has been such an inspiration. She and her husband, DJ, are truly vessels for God’s use. They are impacting lives in ways I’m sure they couldn’t possibly imagine a few years back.
In celebration of their decision to adopt yet again (YAY!!), Mike spent some time with them one morning at their home documenting what life looks like now. It will soon change! Their girls are so precious with such vivacious personalities. We are so honored to be able to document this amazing chapter in the continued story of this family.
Images by Orlando Adoption Photographers, Mike & Ann Studios.
Through all of this, Jeny discovered a real need to help fund domestic adoptions. In 2012, Jeny and a group of adoptive families passionate about helping other families created the non-profit Called to Adopt . This is an organization dedicated to supporting domestic adoption by providing grants and fund-raising assistance to families pursuing adoption. These families have such a heart for adoption and everything about it. I’m still in awe of what God has done in the lives of our dear friends.
We look forward to sharing more of this story with you as it continues to progress. God bless!!