Hi, I’m Beth, and I adopted 5 kids as a 20 something single lady.
I’m so excited to share my story with y’all in this space!
When I was just 15 years old, my aunt and uncle took me to Ecuador to help them with their two children while they finalized the adoption of their third child. That trip changed my life. I had the opportunity to spend 5 weeks in Quito, and I got to visit the orphanage daily. God stirred my heart so much as I listened to the children’s stories of why they came to live at For His Children.
God used one child in particular to confirm His call on my life. I was holding this sweet premature 6 week old baby girl, and as I looked into her face, my heart broke for her. I couldn’t wrap my mind around how someone could abandon a precious baby. I cried and prayed over that sweet girl, and God spoke to me so clearly in that moment and told me that this would be my life. I knew orphan care in some way would be my future.
Fast forward 9 years, and I found myself sitting in foster care classes. I was single, 24, and ignorantly eager to begin my journey. I had no intentions of adopting, but I was open to it. I wanted to wait till I was older, married, and more financially stable. A few months after starting my classes, I brought home my oldest daughters to a crappy apartment with a unique smell (thanks to my neighbors). I honestly have no idea what I was thinking starting this journey in the state of life I was in, but I knew God was calling me to foster at that time. God used my ignorance and eagerness to my benefit as I trusted that God would work out the details.
I was working full time as a teacher, and I was very involved with multiple extracurricular programs at the school. I didn’t have any family in town, or even the state even. I was still paying off college loans and a new to me car loan, and like I mentioned before, my apartment wasn’t that great considering it was only 700 square feet.
But I said yes. I took that step out in faith.
And God showed up. He has been faithful since the very beginning.
Within 2.5 years, God brought my 5 beautiful daughters home to me, and while our story is filled with brokenness, it is so much more about redemption.
Foster care broke me and changed me, and I’m grateful for God using that to teach me more about Who He is. I learned so much about who I am as a person and as a mother.
My motherhood journey did not start out smoothly. I was greatly overwhelmed each and every day, and I almost gave up just 2 months in.
But God showed up, and He never left me hanging.
I’m excited to share my journey with y’all. I hope and pray that my story is a source of encouragement for others as they pursue God’s calling on their lives.
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