My children came to me through birth and adoption, six boys and six girls.
Like many stories, mine is messy, even my story of becoming a mother.
My first son was born when I was a teenager. My experience of loving him, birthing him, and then placing him for adoption, brought incredible sorrow, and also led me to Jesus. Sixteen years later, we were reunited.
I met Russ my senior year of high school, was engaged at 18, married at 20, and our first child together was born when we were 23. We went on to have six more children.
Then God took us on the greatest adventure of our lives. He broke our hearts for the orphans of Ethiopia. In 2006 we began the process to adopt two little boys, then added one little girl. We brought them home in 2007.
On our first trip to Ethiopia, we met one more little girl who touched our hearts. I came home determined to find a family for her. Less than a year later, we jumped back into the process of adoption and brought her home in 2008.
This year, the day after our 32nd anniversary, we celebrated by surprisingly becoming foster parents. God never ceases to amaze us.
In the pages of this site, you will find hundreds of posts about our adoptions – the joys and sorrows.
This blog, which I began writing in 2006, is where I poured out my heart as we struggled, stumbled, and sought healing for our children.
Nearly 2,000 posts later, I’m still writing.
You will also learn of our grief. Our daughter, Kalkidan, went to be with Jesus on December 27, 2014.
We believe with all our hearts that God is faithful, he is good, and our lives are entirely in his hands. He has given us the courage to live, and love, and filled our hearts with hope and gratitude even in the presence of suffering.
Thank you so much for reading; I hope Thankful Moms is a blessing to you.
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