When my husband and I first married, we were well indoctrinated by the zero population growth teaching, so we were going to  only have two children.  We did, both girls, and life went on for a few years.  We began foster care, and after a baby I loved left, I begged for another one, and we had our son,  almost seven years after our youngest daughter, then we had a 'whoops' and had another son.  Again, life went on, until I met a lady who introduced me to a new way of thinking: children are a blessing from the Lord, and happy is the man who's quiver is full of them.  So after studying on my own, we threw away the birth control (I was in my 30's) and I had five more pregnancies, resulting in three live births.

Life went on some more, until I met  some children who were my oldest daughter's foster children.  We got our foster/adopt license, and ended up with only one of the sibling group, the new baby.  By this time we were in our 50's.  We continued to foster after adopting our son Luke, ended up adopting again, our foster daughter Angel-Leah, and now we have her new baby brother, who we hope to adopt before the year is out.

Do we want more?  We will take anyone the Lord places here in our home that we feel he wants us to keep.  It's not hard to hear his voice, and if you are faithful and not violating any commandments, what you do will be blessed.

The Lord says children are a blessing and a reward, our heritage.  Why would we want to limit that??

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Apr. 23, 2008 at 6:58 AM

WOW...you have had the best of both worlds....Adopting children is such a blessing....I think we are going to stop at two.....Thank you for helping me become a member...



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Jun. 20, 2008 at 8:14 PM

You are awesome, and your words inspire.  I have been at such a hard place in my life, trying to decide if we should have 'one more' child, through adoption.  I also fell in love with our first foster baby who was only with us a short time, which is why we decided we wanted more children to have in our lives forever.  Now, with such a long time to 'think' while we've been waiting,  I stress that it will take away from my 2 older children, my husband, our freedom to get up and go.  Of course, then I think - what will we do when our  2 older kids are grown, I LOVE being a mom - everything I do I do because of my children.  


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Jul. 8, 2008 at 1:43 AM    I want many more , when GOD brings them , we will take them.

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Aug. 6, 2008 at 2:28 PM

i think there needs to be an unlimited supply of raleys because you are an awesome mom.  you have taught me a lot, that's for sure! 

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Sep. 19, 2009 at 8:32 PM

Hello! I found your profile through the adoption group. I know I have a overwhelmingly strong desire to have more children which I truly believe comes form the Lord. My husband and I would both like to adopt one day. Thanks for sharing your adoption story thus far!

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Aug. 9, 2011 at 8:15 PM

 That is the way I feel, but I closed my baby production down because of very hard pregnacies and others family influences. I should have listen to what God wanted. I am hoping the lord will see me fit to bless our family in other ways.

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