1 November 2019

My Isaac Part 1 A Foster - Adoption Story

 With November being Adoption Month I thought it would be a good time to share a little of that aspect of our lives...

 Foster care has been a huge part of our lives and our adoption journey, with 5 of our children coming from the foster care system. Most of their stories were included in my book, Stepping Stones Along My Journey. When it was published, I thought that chapter had come to an end. Little did I know God had another plan. As this new chapter unfolded I shared bits and pieces of it on my personal  blog...the good, the bad and the ugly! I've taken some of these book excerpts and blog entries and created a series of posts. 

 Parts of our story may not be particularly encouraging to anyone hoping foster care is a quick path to adoption, but it does have a happy ending, and more importantly, it's a story of how God works in our lives, using his word and the preaching of his word to direct us...sometimes in the most unexpected ways!



Excerpts from my book:


 I truly believe that when God closed the door to us having more biological children he opened the door to us fostering and adopting; that this is the plan that he had for our lives, and that he put the desire in our hearts to raise other people's children as our own. He has blessed us far beyond what we could have imagined, but he has brought us through some difficult times too. He never promised us that it would be easy or that everything would always go the way that we think it should. Our Lord allows difficulties in our lives that we may grow nearer to him.

 We need not look to third world countries for lost and needy children; there are so many right here in our own neighbourhoods. Some have never experienced love, warmth, or security. Most have no idea that there is a God who loves them. They have been hurt and neglected by the very people they look to for all of their care. They come to us with so many needs that it can be overwhelming. But no matter how seemingly unlovable and difficult they may be, they are still precious in God's sight.


Precious In His Sight
So many children, so many tears,
so much pain; how can we soothe their fears?
In their world it’s cold and lonely; what future do they see?
To our home they bring such burdens;
how do we meet their needs?
Wary of our kindness; shrinking from our touch;
peaking out through eyes that have seen way too much.
Often filled with anger; ready to take flight.
No matter how unlovely, they’re precious in God’s sight.
Oh, give them back their childhood, Lord, this is our plea.
If only for a time, Lord, let them be carefree,
and return a portion of their lost innocence.
We pray that in their lives we’ve made a difference.

Matthew 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.

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 Having experienced parenthood through both birth and adoption, I know that there truly is no difference in the depth of love I have for my children. It doesn’t require an umbilical cord to form an attachment to a child. In order to become Mom to some of my children, I had to endure many more months of waiting than I did with my pregnancies. The time and effort required has only served to strengthen the bond I have with them.

Love Never Fails

The love I have for my daughters and sons

is not derived from genetics or blood.

It doesn’t depend on their colour or shade,
or if they arrived as newborn babes.
This love in my heart grew and was formed
with or without an umbilical cord.
Whether born of adoption or labour pains
this love multiplied as each child came.
For love is of God and he freely gives
when we reach out with our hearts, and the will to commit.
Love grounded in faith knows no limits or bounds.
It lives and thrives where grace is found.
This love doesn’t seek perfection or praise.
It finds the strength to bend and to change.
It bears all things, believes all things,
Hopes all things, and endures all things.
Love never fails.


Matthew 10:8b freely ye have received, freely give.
1 Corinthians 13:7,8a Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth:


To be continued....Part 2

6 comments:

  1. Nice. Our best friends did foster care and adopted 2.

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  2. Beautiful post. I love the saying that an umbilical cord was not required to form the love you have in your heart for your children.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Sunshine. Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

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  3. That’s great Belinda! It’s not an easy way to go about adopting, but so worth it!

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  4. My older sister adopted four foster kids, and we love them just as much as the two biological ones!

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  5. Beautiful post and poems! Thank you for your kind heart and desire to adopt.

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