Some changes have been happening. Most notably I recently quit an awesome job to stay home as a wife and mother: a goal both my husband Thomas and I have been working towards. I’m realizing the days are all running together now. I never have a moment’s peace. I can’t close an office door. But I’m loving it anyway. I’m a wife, mother to three absolutely fantastic adopted children, a foster parent to one adorable toddler, a homeschooler, the policy director for Go Foster!, the founder of Heart Gallery North Florida, and now finally a stay-at-home mom!
My husband, Thomas, finished his PhD at Florida State University and teaches several classes. His dissertation is focused around adoption and foster care policy. And he is the cofounder of Go Foster!, a nonprofit focused on recruitment, retention and research on fostering.
Together we are busy. Our time is consumed with our children, work, hobbies, church activities, gardening, our chickens, sewing, and a few other things. We spend our time trying our best to raise our children to love God and love others.
After struggling with infertility to become parents, we decided to become foster parents in hopes to at least have a child in the home we could love and nurture. Looking back this was the wrong reason. We see fostering much more as a ministry now. But our hopes and dreams quickly became realized. In no time, we were the parents of two foster care children. Our first foster child left, but was quickly replaced with a third. Within two years of becoming foster parents, we were adoptive parents to two of the children placed in our care.
Petra is a joy and the loud part of our home. We brought her home at just 2 days old from the hospital. I will never forget the day I received a phone call saying that there is a little girl….can you come get her today! Jasper, is boy all around and has no fear of anything. He is brave, strong, courageous, and strong willed…but also very kindhearted. Torreya joined us at 5 days old and has grown to be a very silly, fun 3 year old girl. She does everything she can to keep up with her big brother and sister.
And we also have one foster child right now. He’s been with us 18 months and we don’t expect him to leave anytime soon. We are currently completing an adoption packet for him.
We have learned that God gave us a special mission to foster and adopt, as well as to encourage others to adopt as well. And a lot of our time every day is spent encouraging and helping other foster and adoptive families.
Our desire is to maintain a focus on what God wants for our family, to avoid the things of this world, to continue to serve as foster parents, to continue to adopt, and to continue to grow and change as a family for God’s glory.