I missed my thank you, but somehow this will find it’s way.
It was my first year in college. From a small town, I am overwhelmed at the choices and awesome-ness of college in Tennessee. Music, business, and nutrition are my interests and I love helping children.
The first long weekend holiday we get, a friend invites me to come to an orphanage home a few hours away. Her parents run the home.
I head out to meet my friend at this Children’s Home and it turns out to be life-changing.
Arriving, I am greeted by a large brick building with lots of rooms. There are a lot of children, I think around 20? As we eat and “hang-out” with these children of all ages, one thing becomes very clear…they each want a family. We play kick ball, choreograph dances, play music and sing. It was like a summer camp crammed into a weekend.
But on Monday, the real whammy comes! As we say good-byes, these two beautiful girls ask me to adopt them. Tears well up in my eyes. The story was essentially this…
Miss Mandy, will you adopt us? I know it is quick, but we have never felt like anyone really listened to us and liked us as you do. Most blacks don’t like us because we are mixed with one white and one black parent…and certainly no white person would adopt us. But you will, right?
As an 18 year old in college, supported by a blue-collar working Dad who saved money since I was born so that I would go to college, I was stumped. I told them that I would have to pay it forward because I wasn’t in a position to do that. Of course I shared that society was NOT prejudice like that anymore and that they were so beautiful and smart and wonderful someone would surely adopt them! But it has never felt enough. I pray that God has given them a beautiful family.
“Thank you, thank you” to these two amazing girls!
For opening the eyes of a selfish young girl who thought everyone had a family.
Thank you for changing me in ways you will probably never know.
The Impact! My contingency to marry was that we could adopt and my husband has held true to his promise. We have adopted one and fostered seven beautiful children. We have become legal guardians to many children so that the children can always come and be a part of our family if something happens with their biological parents. We have loved these biological parents who have issues because we know that their parents didn’t know how to love them either.
We’ve had a real adventure and you can see here.
Life gives some hard knocks. We all need help sometimes and this is our way to give back…because these two beautiful girls in an orphan home opened their heart and gave me a piece of theirs.
If you feel inspired check out this site; Adopt Us Kids.
Thanks to Thank Your Body, for the inspiration to this prequel.
Has anyone inspired you to do something extra-ordinary?
I would love to hear about it!
Fostering Nutrition for all the children….birth, foster, and adopted.