Papa Bear & Mama Bear

George and Kate met and fell in love in the Fall of 1999. These two crazy kids got married on a hot Summer day in 2002 in Mesa, AZ. They always talked about doing foster care and adopting, but assumed that they would be natural parents as well. God had other plans and things escalated quickly. They have been holding on tight to His will for their family ever since. George and Kate have had the privilege of caring for over 45 little ones in the 11 years since being officially licensed for foster care. They rejoice when they can reunify children with their birth families when the time is right. So far, they have adopted 10 of their 12 current munchkins and are hopeful in His plan for the rest.

How do you do it?

Just about everyday, we are asked silly questions...

How do you do it? Is this a daycare? When do the parents come pick up their kids? Is this the shuttle bus to Disneyland? Is this a birthday party? How do you do meals for that many? So...which ones are adopted? Why, just why? How do you keep your house so clean with so many kids? How do you go on vacation? How do the kids feel about having such a big family?

We hope to answer some of these questions and give some helpful tips for "normal families" along the way. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.

 

The Call.

We actually started the process to do foster care and adoption while we were "trying" to get pregnant. The process to get our license and certification took exactly 9 months. Go figure. Shortly after, we received the devastating news that we would not be able to conceive a child naturally. It didn't break us. It didn't stop our desire to be parents. God had a plan. Our Catholic faith reminds us that we are an Easter people, a Resurrection People. Through suffering comes new life. About a week later, we were chosen by an incredibly brave mother and father to be parents to a baby girl who was due Good Friday. Easter Sunday came and we rejoiced at the birth of our first child, our daughter, Lillie. God was clearly in control and the rest of the story will have to wait...

 

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for the orphan and the widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world. James 1:27