Dear "Grandpa Don",
My dear friend Karen Michels is the woman that had asked to post poems on your site. She did as promised and forwarded the link to friends, I being one of them. She and I have shared poems and stories back and forth, so she knew I would love your site. I have sat here for several hours reading your story and have just enjoyed every moment of it! I truly cannot wait for more to come!
My husband and I were both in the United States Army, having met in Giessen, Germany. Somehow we ended up returning to Alaska where he had lived for a short time as a child and had always wanted to return. We met Karen and her family while attending a church in Anchorage. As you may well know, they have since been relocated in the Coast Guard to Oklahoma. (Ironically, that is where I was born and raised. Talk about small worlds!)
Like Karen and her family, we too have adopted not just one, but THREE Alaska Native children. We also have two biological children of our own, one of which came about AFTER we had agreed to adopt our foster children. As you would say, SURPRISE! We had one pregnancy and "gave birth" to four children at once!
Our children were older when they were taken from their home (they are all brothers and sisters) and knew their biological families so it is tough at times, but we/they make it through. Our faith gets tested daily, but I know that God is always there.
God bless you and I hope you continue to work on your story as it is such a beautiful one!
Tawnda Thomas and family
" ... as often as
you have done it for one of my least brothers,
scripture passage has a special meaning for me and the story of my being adopted. I believe that adoption is a profound fulfillment of Matthew 25:31-40.
Graphic used with permission.
World of Grandpa Don