Real Families, Real Stories
My husband and I had four children of our own, and had never considered adoption. Actually, we had decided we were done trying to have children. However, God had another idea. In June of 2011, I went to visit a cousin of mine who was dying from cancer. Her name was Kathy, and she was an amazing woman who fostered and then adopted 5 children with special needs, all on her own. As I sat and talked with her she confided in me that she did not have peace about where one of her children, a 7-year-old girl with Down syndrome, was going to live after she passed away. The other four had homes already. I decided to pray for Kathy and her daughter that night before I went to bed. In the middle of the night I awoke with the strongest feeling that I should be willing to adopt her daughter.
I told Kathy of this the next morning, and she was thrilled. I returned home and my husband and I discussed it for the next week and a half. Finally, we agreed it was the right thing to do, and I called Kathy to give her the news. She died two days later.