‘Today we saw love win.’

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“Today was a big day for me and my girl but it wasn’t just about the two of us. Sure, our lives are the most dramatically changed through this adoption but Wren’s story is far reaching. We’ve all heard the saying, ‘it takes a village’

Judge in adoption court holding sign saying, "Today I saw a happy ending"
Matthew Ray and Amanda Holloman
Man in adoption court holding sign saying, "sign sealed delivered she's yours"
Matthew Ray and Amanda Holloman

Well it’s true! I’ve often said that when I signed up for foster care, I signed up for the heartache and pain that often come with it. But my family and friends didn’t sign those papers, just me.

Woman holding sign at adoption court saying, "Today I bawled my eyes out"
Matthew Ray and Amanda Holloman
Woman standing in adoption court holding sign saying, "Today I know that God is faithful"
Matthew Ray and Amanda Holloman
Man standing at adoption court holding sign saying, "Today I closed her case"
Matthew Ray and Amanda Holloman

I just drug them all into it. They’ve been through the ups and downs with me. They’ve supported me when I called crying after court hearings or given me a shoulder to cry on when I’ve had to buckle kids in their car seat and send them off with another family to love.

Two women at adoption court holding sign saying, "today our prayers were answered for our dearest friend"
Matthew Ray and Amanda Holloman
Three women standing in adoption court holding sign saying, "we are already planning her wedding"
Matthew Ray and Amanda Holloman

They have fallen in love with these kids and they have prayed big prayers for us all. They have stepped up and filled in the gaps for the roles I can’t be to these kids.

Grandparents of adopted child hold sign saying, "Today we welcomed our sixth grandchild"
Matthew Ray and Amanda Holloman
Man holding sign in adoption court that says, "today I documented the creation of a forever family"
Matthew Ray and Amanda Holloman
Man and woman at adoption court holding sign saying, "Today we saw love win"
Matthew Ray and Amanda Holloman

Today they cried great big tears and they celebrated alongside us! I’m so grateful for my friends and family, those there today and those who could not be with us but were in spirit!

Cousins of adopted child stand outside holding sign saying, "Hooray we have another cousin"
Matthew Ray and Amanda Holloman
Two women hold sign at adoption court saying, "today we were reminded that family is more than biology"
Matthew Ray and Amanda Holloman
Two men and a woman hold sign at adoption court saying, "today we gained a niece"
Matthew Ray and Amanda Holloman
7 kids hold sign at adoption court saying, "today we're still outnumbered"
Matthew Ray and Amanda Holloman

I would not be where I am today without my village and words can’t express how much you mean to us! Thank you for bringing Vera Wren into our tribe and loving her like your own!”

Mother holds adopted daughter and sign saying, "Today I became a mom"
Matthew Ray and Amanda Holloman

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