Harvest of Hope helps to give a mother the best Mother's Day gift ever
Eight years ago, I made a decision to open my home to foster children. I knew it would require sacrifice on my part, but it was one I was willing to make. You see, I was raised in a loving family with two parents who would always help people in need--both children and adults. I saw first-hand what love looked like....what it felt like. I knew healthy discipline and learned things like gratitude, faith, appreciation, kindness and empathy. These "lessons" were currency in my family. The most important experiences in my childhood were those moments that taught me "unconditional love". Unconditional Love was the source of my self esteem, my confidence and it was the security blanket that made "family" bond different from any other relationship I would encounter in life. I was loved "no matter what."
In 2005, at 28 yrs old, I became a licensed foster/adoptive parent with the simple goal of showing kids unconditional love. I always felt that if they experienced "unconditional love" at least once on their life, they'd never forget it and they'd know it does exist. I was a single mom at the time but, instead of feeling at a disadvantage, I felt extremely blessed! My child was healthy; I was employed and had very loving and supportive family and friends. I knew I was blessed and felt obligated to share my blessings with others. Thankfully, I was licensed through Harvest of Hope.
In late 2011, God led me to tell Harvest of Hope that I was ready to move from a foster parent to an adoptive parent. My three God- sent children were placed with me in mid-2012. Exactly, 41 weeks later, their adoptions were finalized. It's no coincidence that the 41 weeks coincides with the gestation period of pregnancy. This blessing has been as natural and God-ordained as anyone could imagine. In hindsight, I am in awe of how the last 8 years have been such a testimony to God's will and NOT my own. In making the decision to 'share my blessings with others', I have been blessed beyond my own imagination. My plan to adopt one child became God's plan for me to adopt three! It's important to note that I've been blessed in all areas of my life. In my heart, I know it's largely because in 2005, I 'decided' to make a sacrifice and be a blessing to others.
First Baptist Church and Harvest of Hope have made all of this possible. I wouldn't have my children and my life would be nowhere near as happy and fulfilled as it is today, were it not for them. They've left an indelible mark on my life and the lives of my entire family. "Thank You" does not begin to express the depth of appreciation and love I have for the entire FBC and Harvest of Hope family.
Jackie P Taylor
Youth & Parent Engagement