I wanted to share with you all my husband’s adoption story. I have his blessing to write about his experience. To me it’s one of the most inspiring stories I could share with anyone, and shows the incredible effect opening your heart to others can have.
My husband, Terence, was taken away from his birth family and entered into the foster care system from the ages of 3-6 years old. He stayed with several foster families over the years before he came to live with his (now) parents, Mike and Sherry.
Mike and Sherry took a broken little boy full of hurt & anger into their home. Terence was definitely not an easy child. He had already been through so much at a young age. As to be expected, he rebelled and lashed out. He was scared and taken away from everything he knew.
His new foster parents probably thought about giving up on him hundreds of times. Instead of turning their heads they worked with him and got the help he needed. They invested in him, he got counseling, and slowly he began to change & work through all his issues. Terence felt accepted and loved…something he hadn’t felt in years.
At the age of 6 he became an official member of Mike & Sherry’s family. He was now their son. A boy that nobody wanted, a young married couple believed in and accepted as their own. Terence’s parents went on to adopt 2 more children and years later had a daughter of their own. If you ask Terence today, he will tell you he wouldn’t be the man his is without his parents. His life would have gone down a completely different path. Instead, he graduated with highest honors from college and then got an MBA in one year’s time. He is an amazing husband and father. We could not be more proud of him.
None of this would have ever been possible if it weren’t for the sacrifice that Mike and Sherry made years ago to accept a small, broken boy into their home. The unconditional love and determination to never give up on him has molded him into the outstanding man he is today. For all they did, and all they continue to do….we thank you!
“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.”
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