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Photography by Mandy Lackey of Mandy Beth Photography
Falling in love with the Valentine family is an easy thing to do. I received the following submission from Franjuan and was moved by her and Chris’ beautiful story:
“We are a family of nine! My husband Chris and I are teachers; we love children and wanted a big family. God saw fit to only bless us with two biological daughters because He had a greater plan for us. When our girls were three and five, we knew we wanted a son. We didn’t feel comfortable with fostering after a failed attempt, so we decided to wait for a straight adoption to become available. We were told we had been chosen for a 14-month old boy. After a few complications, we brought him home and finalized his adoption. A year later, we said to each other, “Hey – that wasn’t bad. Let’s do it again.” We found that it was a little tougher since we already had three children. Our worker asked if we would consider a sibling group…a set of 12-year old twins, a 9-year old little girl, and a 7-year old boy. They had been through some things but they were smart and needed to be loved. We brought them home that summer on a trial basis. Six months later, we were in court finalizing adoptions and giving them the new biblical first names, along with new middle names and our last names. The most memorable moment is when one of the twins turned to us and said that he had never had a father’s name on his birth certificate; it was always blank. It will never be blank again. The twins, Elijah and Elisha are now 17 and seniors in high school. They are in the top 5% of their class and preparing for college. Trinity is 14, Mariah 13, Zachariah 13, Jada 11, and Chris Jr. 8.”