"I have seven kids - ages 4-27."
I still think it sounds funny when I say that!
When I was in my 20's I gave birth to four absolutely perfect children. What more could a mommy want? Fast forward 10 years - I’d been a single mom for a bit and I met a wonderful man with no children. He was willing to be a step-dad to my four. What more could a mommy want? As my four grew up, I couldn't shake the desire to raise my husband’s children - but I’m not able to carry any more.
At first we were infant adoption all the way. We got all the paperwork and I started thinking about the fact that there’s a waiting list for newborns. People are lining up for them. Because I’d already had newborns I didn't feel that need and frankly, as an older mom I didn't know that I had the time to wait. In foster care, there are literally thousands of children who need homes right now.
We were licensed as foster parents for about a year and a half before we got a placement of siblings whose parental rights were about to be terminated. It took a year for the adoption to become finalized but as soon as they walked through our front door, they were mine in my heart.
When I had those four little babies all those years I never imagined my family would end up looking the way it does now. I've been very blessed!