OH MY! A House Full of Children! Blessed with 5!

March 25, 2012

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

Beck and Bo, ages 4 and 3

Sweet  Boss, age 2 

Miss Brooke, age 7 

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

 

Linking To:  Kelly’s Korner,  Debbie-Doos, Tidy Mom, Serenity Now, Tatertots and Jello, I Heart Naptime 

 

 

  • Michelle Gritsko

    You’ve brought a tear to my eye Beth. God bless you and your sweet family!
    Michelle Williams Gritsko

  • Patriciawbryson

    Love you….you have an amazing and beautiful story to tell……

  • http://www.myheartsdesireblog.com Amanda

    Love this post…and love His faithfulness to you even more!

  • kelli

    what a beautiful family!! kelli (an adoption social worker :)

  • Camille

    Beth, your enthusiasm and love for our Lord and your family is as infectious in print as it is in person! Thank you for always pointing us to the Source of your joy.
    Camille

  • Laura Cobb Jones

    Beth, I love reading your blogs! You are such a inspiration….What a beautiful family!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/waaoms waaoms

    I came across this from Tidy Mom’s link up. I have thought about adoption too. Unfortunately, it would mean being a single parent, and I doubt I would even qualify. I had a little girl, but she died, and then so did her daddy. But like you, my only desire in life is to be a mom. :( I’m glad you got your children, even through adoption.

  • Jennifer G

    Fabulous. As an adoptive mom (also transracially, domestic), I can attest to the wonders of motherhood by adoption. God’s plan was SO much better than mine, and I’d have truly been robbed of something so splendid if I’d been able to build my family “biologically.” I always ask those struggling to have a family why they want children, and challenge them to make a list of those reasons. There are rarely any reasons that require shared DNA. Cost is a perceived roadblock I heeded for too many years, so if any readers are thinking that’s what’s keeping them from pursuing it, research! There are so many grants, tax credits, no-interest loans, creative fundraising ideas, and friends/family willing to donate if you just look.

  • http://www.tatteredartstudio.blogspot.com/ Jennifer Snellings

    I ♥ your story Beth! What an amazing God we have!!! You are an awesome Mommy and a huge inspiration to me as a Mom (and in many other ways too)!! :)

  • Allie

    Thank you fo sharing your testimony!! My husband and I have tried for years to concieve on our own and have been on an adoption list since Dec 2011. We have been overwhelmed recently by the blessings that he is pouring out and that we are being considered for multiple cases of infants and children. Please pray for us that the Lord places the right baby, siblings, or child into our home safely. Thank You again for the encouragement.

  • Angela Hall-Richards

    You have a beautiful family! I live in the Mid-South and happened to find your blog by searching for Memphis Zoo birthday party ideas. I have the desire to adopt a child and reading about your precious family is such a blessing.

  • http://davidandheidifamily.blogspot.com/ Heidi

    I just left a comment on your other page you linked to Kelly Korners adoption link up. Looks like the other adoptions are final. Praise God!!!! Your children are absolutely precious and adorable blessings!! We have had 5 years of infertility. I really believe that infertility is not a curse, or a plague…but it is a blessing and I am so thankful for it. I look at my children (who we foster to adopted) and I would have missed out on all of it if we had conceived and grew our family a different way the last few years. http://davidandheidifamily.blogspot.com/

  • Molly

    Love this story! My husband and I are foster parents and licensed for 6 kids!! We got into foster care looking to house sibling groups. God had an even bigger plan than that for us, and now we are weeks away from adopting a sibling group of 3 that were our first placement!! Thanks for sharing your story.

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