Photography by Matty Johnson Photography
Meet Britta. She is Beauty Revived.
I met Britta a year or so ago when I first joined the local military spouse’s club. We quickly hit it off and became friends. After a few play dates with our kids and wine pits (girls night where we drink wine over a fire pit and chit chat), she started to share her story with me. Britta grew up in the foster care system bouncing from home to home.
She never knew what it was like to have a normal childhood with stability and love. Even though she didn’t have the best childhood, she has done everything possible to give her children the life she dreamed of when she was growing up.
Not only does Britta raise her three children, she also volunteers for the local military spouse’s club and participates in her husband’s squadron as a key spouse. I am so honored to be able to know such a beautiful woman and to call her my friend. There are many people who can tell her story but of all of them, she does the best job.
In her words:
I never understood or appreciated what unconditional, never ending, ever growing love was, until I became a mother.
When I was placed in my last foster home at age 6, I was lonely and scared. I thought I was unwanted and I believed no one would ever love me. I was incredibly wrong. My mother took me, a broken child and offered me love and warmth. Under my dad’s and her teaching, I learned that Jesus is the giver of unconditional love and I would always have a forever home with him.
Fast forward 13 years I had walked through fire. I had gone through a rebellion so terrible. I thought that it had ruined any chance of repairing my relationship with my parents. There was no way my parents could ever love me, not after what I had put them through. Yet again, they showed me forgiveness and never ending, unconditional love. I had broken my parent’s trust, but I knew my parents still loved me.
I was newly engaged, pregnant and scared, all I knew was that I wanted my mother. My mom has always been there for me when I had a question or needed advice and I knew she would be there to support me then.
I am now married to the most wonderful man and am a mother to 3 beautiful children and 3 little angel babies. I can only hope that I can provide them with so much joy and love that they never feel that loneliness, fear and heart ache I did before I was adopted. I can only pray that I instill in my children the unconditional love only Jesus has for each one of them. I hope that if they are ever hurting or upset they want their Mama, like I wanted mine. I now admire my mother so much, and I can only hope and pray that I can show my children the kind of love that she has shown me.