If you had asked me 20 years ago when my husband and I first got married, “Where I would be in twenty years?”, it would not have been where I am today. During the first 11 years of marriage we did not feel led to have our own children. We were very happy as D.I.N.K’s, double income no kids. But after meeting our Sunday School teacher’s grandchildren, who had a shaky home life, God began to change and mold our hearts for adoption or foster parenting.
We took the 12 week foster/adoption classes and went through the long process of waiting for the little girl we had asked for in the foster adoption application.God taught me a lot about patience and giving it all to him during that time. I tried so hard to find the perfect child for us myself. Angry when God wasn’t moving fast enough and not allowing him to finish the work He said He would in our lives. Finally, one day I woke up and proclaimed to God, “Regardless if you give me a child or not I know you brought me down this road for a reason and it is well with my soul”.
As I look back, in that two year time of frustrations and ups and downs God prepared our hearts for greater things. God’s plans are so much greater than ours and it blows me away the faith He has put in my husband and I. Within a month of my proclamation God not only gave us one little girl he gave us three little girls ages eight, six and two years old. After meeting them for the first time I was scared to death. How could I be a mommy to three children? Faith in God is the only way. I took a leap of faith that day and knew that even though I didn’t think I could do it God had planned this for me and I wanted to follow Him wherever he led me.
Becoming an adoptive mother has been one of the biggest leaps of faith I have ever experienced in my life but has been the most beautiful and rewarding thing I have ever experienced. It has been life changing. God equips and helps me every step of the way and my children are a wonderful result of His handy work. Each day God shows me more and more how to give it all to him and trust in his plans for my life. Becoming an advocate for The Forgotten Initiative is just another wonderful journey He is taking me on and I am so blessed to be able to go.