On Wednesday we finalized adoption for Hannah Lee Vallandingham. She is our fourth child to provide a forever home. With this adoption we end a chapter in our life that has consumed us over the last few years. We have closed our home as a foster home and get to focus on these four beautiful children that have become our own. God has grown our faith in amazing ways over the last few years and we are excited to embrace this new chapter of our life.
We want to personally thank Eastern Heights Baptist Church for your amazing support through this journey. We could not have done it without you. Your love for these children was more than we ever thought possible. Not once have I seen any of the foster children in our church get treated differently than other children in our ministry. Children from hard places can be a big challenge and you embraced each of them by showing them the love of Jesus. You helped us financially when we received new placements who came with nothing. You provided childcare when emergencies arose. And you understood when the demands of home kept me from other activities around the church. Thank you!
Though we are beginning a new chapter for our family, foster care will continue to be a big part of our life. We will continue to provide support for foster families in our church and across our state. God has given us the experience and heart to pour into these families and encourage them through the difficult journey. It was not the path we thought we were on, but we would do it all over again knowing the destination was worth the sacrifice.