I am grateful to Kelly for asking Moms of larger families to reach out to one another, here in “Blog Land”. My husband, John and I have five sweet adopted children, ages 7, 4, 3, 2 and 11 months. There are SO many days when I just am so in awe of how the Lord has orchestrated all of this, I just can’t believe it! I confess, there are also days when I think I might just go crazy! Ha! And, not just half way crazy…..a FULL blown CRAZY!!!!! God is gracious! He is an unbelievable Heavenly Father who is so good to allow us a “Do Over” each and every day! I continue to grow as I make mistakes as a Mom. Who knew how humbling being a parent could be?
Our children are each adopted in the USA. Our girls, Brooke and Blair, are from Orange Beach, California. Our son, Bo, is from an agency in Wichita, KS. Our boys, Beck and Boss are biological brothers and, they are from Memphis. Incidentally, Brooke and Blair are also biological sisters…..isn’t this amazing? God will truly BLOW us away with His HUGE plans for our lives….if we continue to watch and pray, and, watch and pray some more! I have told ya’ll before, I tried to get pregnant for 11 years and, all of that time, I desired to be a Mom. God does not always answer our prayers like we are praying them……my end goal was to be a Mom! God decided to answer in a whole different way…..not by me conceiving a child, but, by the amazing miracle of adoption.
Daddy’s Girl….sweet Blair, 11 months old
Our home is really so much FUN! I feel very blessed that our children (most of the time) enjoy one another. I ask the Lord each and every day to please grant me wisdom to parent in grace and truth. Currently, I am reading a book called A Praying Life, by Paul Miller. He writes about how we truly pray each day by abiding in the Lord. Abiding….what a great word! I am learning to abide in Him as I seek to parent and, parent well. My time with my children is flying by! I want them to love the Lord and, grow up to do awesome things in His name! I quite often pray, “Lord, please shield my children from my mistakes as a Mom.”
I would truly love to pray for you by name, if you are having trouble getting pregnant or, if you are contemplating adoption. Over the years….I don’t know where I would be without people praying for John and I, specifically for us to be able to be parents. Apparently, too many people prayed, because we have five and, the other day, my sweet 7-year old said, “Mom, when are we going to adopt another child?”. I just looked at her and said, “Well, you just never know what God will do.”
Sweet Blair, 11 months old
Thank you God for our children, I thank you for every single piece of them! I praise you for “knitting them together in their mother’s (birthmother’s) womb.”- Psalm 139. Thank you Lord for hearing the cry of my heart, ” for my house to be full of kids”—-thank you God!!!!! – Amen