I am, first and foremost, God’s girl. I made a decision to give myself to Him as a child, and I have been learning to follow Him ever since. I can’t imagine my life without Him. He is my Savior, my Friend, my Life. Everything I have, all that I have become, I have because God has given me. I give Him ALL the glory!
I married my best friend, Mark. We have been married eighteen years, and I love him so much more today than I did the day I married him. We have nine beautiful children, six boys and three girls. They are the joy of my life.
When I met my husband, I was working in a developmental center with developmentally delayed women who were living in group homes in the community, and working on my masters in psychology. We got married, and eleven months later we had our first child. I became a mom, and that was all I really ever wanted to be.
I have dabbled in writing along the way. I won a few essay contests and published an article in a prominent magazine. I have always kept a journal which has become something of great value to me. It is the story of how God has answered every prayer, brought me through every struggle, and of how He has taught me to believe.
My life has not always been easy. As a child, I developed an illness that kept me home bound from the age of eleven until adulthood, and I struggle with the effects of the disease to this day.
About a year and a half ago, our daughter began to share stories of Chinese adoptions with me. She had done a research paper on China and stumbled across several blogs. She came to me and asked if we could adopt. Secretly, I had always had a desire to adopt. But I answered, “Oh Honey, I would love to, BUT Daddy and I have had our children. We’re moving beyond that stage. Maybe that is something you will do when you grow up.”
Yes. That’s what I said, but in my heart, I was thinking that I wished I were younger, and wealthier, and more organized, more of anything that would make me feel like I had something to offer an orphan. The truth is, all I could see were our shortcomings.
Then, in the still, quiet corners of my mind, God began to impart His wisdom to me. I had everything an orphan needed. A family. A Mom and Dad. A home. Brothers and sisters. Love. God. A desire to love another. And more importantly, I realized it wasn’t about me. It was about 140 million orphans in the world who really needed a family. In my comfy stay at home mom living in the wealthiest country in the world view, I had somehow thought I didn’t have enough to offer an orphan. How wrong I was.
I am the child of the Father of the world who promises to give us all that we need to follow Him.
So we will walk by faith, and follow the One who is able to provide everything we need along the way. “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4;19
I’d love to have you join us for the journey.”I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.” Psalm 81:10