Last week, Arrow Child and Family Services of Beaumont asked their Facebook fans "Why are you a fan of Arrow?" I've been Arrow's biggest fan for seven years and here was my reply...
I am a fan of Arrow because of these three beautiful girls...
Without Arrow these three would not wake up in my house every morning. They would not circle my kitchen table at mealtimes. They would not snuggle up on the couch to watch a movie. They would not know what it means to be loved unconditionally by me or by one another. God used the Spring Arrow office to build this family and I am forever grateful.
Grateful for Andrea who trained me and made sure I had my ducks in a row. Who came to do my home study and has become my biggest cheerleader.
Grateful for Gregory who picked out these amazing girls just for me. He could see the potential in each of them (and me!) and worked hard on our behalf. Even climbing out of a deer stand during Thanksgiving break to take a conference call to bring Amy home.
Grateful for Liane and Kristiana and Marlo and Stephanie. Amazing family specialists who came alongside of us and walked the road with us, both the bumpy roads and the smooth ones.
Grateful for Katie and Jamie who helped me straighten out my training hours and continue the journey when we signed up for the second and third times.
Grateful for each and every person I've interacted with in an organization that oozes with compassion and professionalism. They are passionate about these kids and it shows.
Thank you Arrow for hanging onto Hannah when it would have been easy to let her go.
Thank you Arrow for advocating for Ashley when no one saw any potential.
Thank you Arrow for finding Amy in a sea of kids and placing her in our home forever.
You have changed our lives. We will never be the same because of what you've done.
What a blessing.
If you have ever considered adoption or foster care, these folks will take care of you. They will start you on the road and walk alongside you. When you feel like you can't take one more step, they will help you take it. You will never be alone in the journey because they won't abandon you. They will work harder for you than you ever thought you'd need them to. They won't give up on your kids. And they won't give up on you. When you think you can't, they will prove you can.
Find them here. And tell them we said hi.