David and I were married in May, 1990. We had our first baby, Hannah, 10 1/2 months later in March of 1991!! Our son, Jacob, and another daughter, Ella, would soon follow! I loved being a momma to my sweet crew. I longed for more children and didn’t feel like my family was complete.
The year I prepared to send Ella to kindergarten, I learned from a friend, about foster care. I immediately knew this was what I was meant to do! It took David a little longer to see the light, but God moved in his heart and in 2002 we started fostering through a private non-profit in town.
In 2005 we were burdened by the overwhelming need for foster families for DCFS so we went through the process of opening with the State. Our first placement with DCFS was a beautiful 8 day old baby girl, Mariah. And though adoption had not been our plan, it WAS God’s amazing plan- Mariah became our daughter forever, 2 1/2 years later!!
We continued to foster and in January, 2011, God placed it on both our hearts the desire to adopt again- in March of 2011, a beautiful 6 1/2 year old girl, Makayla, moved into our hearts and home forever!!
We are currently in our 17th year of fostering and have had the privilege of loving and caring for over 50 children.
Adoption and foster care have been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, but it has not been without its share of difficulties and heartache.
Foster care and adoption have impacted and changed me and my family in ways that nothing else could have. I am forever grateful that God chose us for this journey!