Tomorrow we are adopting @whittleymarquez and legally welcoming her to the Norton family! When I met her I knew God had an amazing story he was writing and I was just along for the ride. I had a love for her that I didn’t even know existed before her. I never would’ve imagined that God was calling me to be a mother to her when she is only 6 years younger than me but sometimes God has greater plans for you than you could ever imagine for yourself!
I can’t even express to you what she means to me & @chrisanorton16 and tomorrow we not only get to make her Christmas wish her a reality but we will legally have a daughter and that’s the best gift we could ever ask for. Every person needs to know they are loved, they belong & they matter!
Today is the last day of being 25 and thinking back a year ago there is no way that I would’ve ever believed we would be where we are. There’s no way in a million years I would’ve thought by the age of 25 I would be a mom to 5 girls from 2 to 19 years old. We have been trying to be more obedient to what God is calling us to do. God is asking us to do some big things, some really crazy things and we are saying yes because we only have one life to live and we are going to make it count. At the end we want to know we gave everything we had and we had nothing left to give. We want the way we live our lives to leave a mark and change generations forever. We have a huge announcement to make tomorrow and we can’t wait to share with you. It was one of the most special moments of our lives!!
Wow thank you @willsmith for sharing mine & @chrisanorton16 wedding walk and what a beautiful definition of what love is!!! We all struggle in life and everyone needs to know they are loved and not alone!!! As foster parents of 5 kids we have realized how powerful love truly is!! It can impact lives and generations FOREVER!!
I’m so excited to announce our new book, “The Seven Longest Yards”!!! Something Chris & I talk about all the time is how everyone sees his challenges, it’s obvious. But no one can see what I’ve been through or the struggles I’m facing. We all face challenges. We rarely see what someone else is facing because it’s internal. Most adversity and struggles go unseen but this book is an opportunity for me to share what I have gone through and really what a lot of us go through but we just don’t talk about. Our hope is that by sharing our story others will know they aren’t alone, there’s always hope and that anything is possible when you get help, work hard and lean on God. We discovered that life’s lowest moments can be the source of our greatest blessings! We also share all about our foster care journey! Preorder Now!!! Link in bio. Plus... We are doing a GIVEAWAY 🚨 THE FIRST 150 PEOPLE who send us the screen grab of their preorder confirmation of The Seven Longest Yards from Amazon Chris WILL SEND YOU ONE SIGNED COPY OF his FIRST BOOK “The Power of Faith When Tragedy Strikes” FOR FREE. ‘‘Tis the season of giving!!! Preorder right now on Amazon. Link in bio!
We are spending the week with my family for Thanksgiving. On the way I asked the kids what they are thankful for. Our 9 year old said, “I am thankful to be in foster care because people used to be mean to me.” It truly put things in perspective for me and it helps me realize how blessed I am for my family and the opportunities God is giving us to show kids how they deserve to be treated and change generations forever. Today the girls wrote what they are thankful for.
She also said all I want for Thanksgiving is for our whole family to be together! How amazing is it that a 9 year old knows the real meaning of Thanksgiving and holidays? It’s easy to want to focus on having the perfect day and have high expectations but it’s a great reminder for me that all that truly matters is that we connect and spend time with our family. Happy Thanksgiving!! ❤️
I can’t tell you how many times this year people have said I could never be a foster parent because I couldn’t say goodbye. I get it. If you focus on just the goodbye I couldn’t do it either. This month we said goodbye to our little guy that we had for 1 year. Saying goodbye to kids you love like your own is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do…. But I’m not okay living my life protecting myself from being hurt. There are kids out there right now who don’t know how special and loved they truly are.. I’m not okay with the fact that right now as I type this there are kids who don’t have a family. I’m not okay with kids trying to overcome the severe abuse and neglect that they’ve been through alone. I’m not okay with kids feeling unwanted & unlovable. I would way rather have my adult heart be broken than for a child to not feel loved, cared for, and wanted. No matter how much it hurts when you say goodbye, impacting a child’s life is ALWAYS WORTH IT!!!! You may never know the impact you have. However, I can promise you one thing—If you love or support a kid in foster care you have made a lasting impact.. The impact you can make is greater than the loss you will experience. An impact that can change generations forever…
Our 5 year old foster daughter has gone through the unimaginable! The most heartbreaking things have happened. As you can imagine she has been struggling with the things that have happened to her in the past. I have been telling her we have to give our sadness, pain & fears to God. This past week she came to me and said I’m ready to give my sad heart to God. We got down on our knees and this is what she said! As a foster parent I could NOT do what I do if I didn’t put the weight on God. I can’t be who I need to be for them when I get weighed down by what’s happened to them. I naturally want to carry everything on my shoulders but when I start carrying things that I’m not meant to carry I literally become mentally paralyzed and it’s exhausting. When I give the weight to Him I’m able to get to work and do everything in my power to show these kids love and help them heal from the trauma & abuse they’ve faced. How often do you find yourself carrying things that you’re not meant to carry? You can’t be who God has called you to be if you’re weighed down and paralyzed by what has happened to you, what has happened to those you love and the bad choices you’ve made. You’ve carried it for too long!! It’s time to let it go & get to work! It’s so easy when we’re going through hard times to go away from God and try to hide the problems you have. The only way to be set free is by giving the past, your shame, your guilt, your sadness to God and getting professional help if you need it. There is so much freedom when you get down on your knees and ask for God to help you take away your sad, weary, worried, weighed down heart! I can’t go into details about what’s happened to this sweetheart but I know for a fact if I could you would realize if she can let go of the things she’s carried and hid inside her for so long so can you!!! God is telling all of us- You are my Child. I will carry you. I’ve got this. I always have and I always will. I will be sharing every comment with our little girl. Let’s bring her up and help her realize she is more than what has happened to her! 📷 @sarahkatephoto
Today we are saying goodbye to our little guy who’s been here for a year. 😭 The goodbyes are extremely hard and our hearts are broken but the lives changed are more than WORTH IT!!! We would say yes again in a heartbeat!! These kids need us more than our adult hearts need to be protected. ❤️