I have been blessed by God to be married to the kindest and best of men for the past 20 years. Tim works as a manager at our local Chick-fil-A and has worked there for 16 years. He spends the time he is not working helping me with the children and has a hobby of repairing peoples sick computers in his spare time. Tim and I try to live our life in service to the Lord and in accordance with His Word. We try to put God first in all we do. We are not perfect and make mistakes like everyone else, thank God for the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His abundant mercy and grace!
In the past we did foster care for 9 1/2 years. A few years into our foster care experience we took in our first child that was medically fragile/special needs and learned a huge secret that many people don't know, get or understand. That is... children with "special needs" are GREAT! and actually very normal! After all they are all kids. From then on out, we tried to focus mostly on taking in the special children and adopted five times during that chapter in our lives. We then closed our home to foster care and thought we were retired from it. In 2011 Tim and I started to pray about what we were going to do in ministry for the rest of our lives. Our children were getting older. We prayed fervently, and started asking the Lord if He had any more children He wanted us to mentor or raise thru foster care. We re-opend our home to foster care and quickly were called to take in toddler brothers that were drug exposed/neglected and than a few months later an non-related infant with special needs. Those children remained and termination of parental rights were granted in our care and we adopted them in August of 2015. Altogether now, we have adopted 8 times! Every time we adopt a child, we have to find a new normal for our lives.
I am a stay at home mom that fills her days with raising and home schooling our children. Cooking, cleaning, caring for my dad's small farm (that we live on too, dad and I keep it all up working it together) and tending the grounds and gardens of this farm. I am blessed beyond measure to be able to do this. I praise God that I am able to stay home and lead this life style so I try to do the best I can with my time in appreciation for this privilege.
I have decided to start a blog in hopes of possibly sharing, building and edifying others in fellowship, by sharing a bit of our life and family. That maybe people with children of similar diagnosis can be encouraged or get ideas by seeing how we do things, so we can learn from each other and to possibly plant a seed in someones heart, somewhere, about adoption or working with or adopting one of the many children with special needs around the world, that need homes. God is so good, may we all serve Him in every way always.