A few years ago, Ben and Renee Welstead adopted two beautiful little girls, Cora and Ruby, through the foster care system.
Theirs is a beautiful story -- of a man and his wife, and the wonderful and emotional journey they've traversed with their two young daughters. It reminds us that it is, indeed, love that makes a family.
Touched by the Welsteads' devotion to each other, Ashley and Jeremy Parsons -- the husband and wife photography team behind Parsons Photographers -- created a stunning video capturing the family's story. First uploaded in 2012, the video -- a poignant montage of photographs -- has experienced a viral resurgence this week. (The clip has racked up more than 44,000 views thus far.)
"This is the story of how Ben and Renee adopted two little girls, and how those two little girls filled their home with more joy than they ever imagined," Parsons Photographers said in their blog. "This is the story of 4 people becoming a family, and a house finally becoming a home. This is a story that even amidst life’s twists and turns, heartbreak, and abandonment -- joy, unconditional love, and family can be born."
According to the Park&Go blog -- which is a parking service company based in Lincoln, Neb. -- the Welsteads, both of whom are photographers themselves, adopted Cora and Ruby in 2011.
The couple, who lives in Nebraska, has since fostered more children. In 2012, the Parsons Photographers' blog noted that the Welsteads had welcomed a pair of twins into their home. The children are said to be biological siblings of their adopted daughters.
"It staggered us to think of going from being a couple, to a family of six in less than two years," the blog writes. "But the reality was this: [the twins] needed a home. They needed parents… They are amazing little souls, full of life."