“It’s okay to be sad, but you have to remember to also be thankful.” Wise words from a newly adopted ten-year-old girl, Jessica. She and her younger sister will be spending their first Thanksgiving as official members of the Watson household after being adopted from foster care in June. Though they are thankful to have another family to gather with, the loss of their biological family still lingers.
Maybe you, like Jessica and her sister, are experiencing loss this year—a loss of a family member or friend, a cancelled vacation, missed memories, or even a financial loss. No matter your circumstances, may we remember to rejoice and be thankful for God’s promises!
I’d like to share with you the story of how Jessica and her sister, Gracie, were adopted into the Watson household.
Jihae and Chris began their journey as foster parents with Christian Family Care seven years ago with their three biological children. They entered foster care with great intentions—they wanted to protect children from trauma and neglect. During their first placement, Jihae and Chris quickly realized they couldn’t do anything with their own strength. They knew they needed the support of Christian Family Care, their church family, and God.
After taking in several foster babies, Jihae and Chris decided it was time to shift gears. They felt called to open their home to older siblings. Last August, they were introduced to two sisters who were ages 9 and 4 at the time. Jessica and Gracie were new to foster care and living in a group home together. After meeting and a quick trip to Target for the necessities, they knew the girls would be a good fit for their family. They moved in and their already large family became even larger. The Watsons grew to a family of nine.
It’s been a season of growth, patience, and stretching for everyone. Jessica and Gracie are adjusting to life with a new family and still have moments of grief over the loss of their biological family, but they are grateful for the love and stability the Watsons brought to their lives. It hasn’t been an easy road for anyone but God has been faithful through it all.
As I take time to be mindful of all the Lord has blessed us with, you come to mind! I am thankful for your support of Christian Family Care and partnering with us in ministry. Your support makes an eternal impact in the lives of at-risk families and children and allows CFC to continue to wrap around families with support services that go above and beyond what the state of Arizona requires. Please consider making a life-changing gift today