Hi, I’m Steph–Christ-follower, wife, and semi-crunchy mom to 4 biological kids, in the process of adopting a sibling group from Ecuador. This is where I share all I’m learning along the way as I share Life with these Kids.
WHO ARE “THESE KIDS”?
First of all, the Mr. and I have been married for more than 20 years. In that time, we have crossed paths with hundreds, maybe even thousands of children. Before we had children of our own, we had nieces and nephews, younger cousins, younger siblings, etc. We’ve always been surrounded by kids. We were the babysitters and the home where our younger cousins and siblings wanted to hang out. We have always tried to intentionally invest in the lives of those around us, especially children.
The Mr. became a youth pastor just a few years into our marriage. Child #1 (JC17) was born in 1997 and we bought a daycare in 1999. All of a sudden, we had 50 kids! We hosted two exchange students between 1999 and 2000. A boy from Slovakia and later a girl from Denmark. I left the public daycare, and began keeping just a few kids in our home. We added three more biological children in 2003, 2006, and 2009—AJ11, AC8, and AG5.
The Mr. coached and refereed soccer for years. He assisted with our son’s Boy Scout troop, and we co-directed our local homeschool group. We have been foster parents to 10 children so far. From 2010-2012, we served at an orphanage in Ecaudor where we were involved in the lives of more than 100 children.
Now back in the US, the Mr. has recently returned to student ministry. We are currently in the process of adopting a sibling group from Ecuador. I continue to homeschool our children and tutor/teach a couple of co-op classes.
So who are “these kids”? They are primarily the four children in our household, but at times, they may also be children involved in our ministry, children from the orphanage in Ecuador, or children in one of my classes.
This is the life we’ve been called to,—a life with LOTS of kids—and these are the stories and life lessons I’ll be sharing here on the blog. Enjoy!