A Story of Love
Adoptive Mother's StoryDella talks about being chosen to be Elizabeth's adoptive mother. Read More...
Birthmother's StoryShannon shares her struggles and joys as she came to her decision to give her baby a family. Read More...
Daughter's StoryElizabeth describes her life as an adopted daughter. Read More...
I Couldn't Get Her Off My Heart
The White family of Louisville, Kentucky knew what hardship was. The recession had hit the family hard and they had been forced to downsize from their large family home to a small rental. However, one of their four children, ten year old Ryan Elizabeth heard about kids with even less than they had. Reading about the orphans in Haiti, Ryan urged her parents to do something. Couldn't they adopt some of the orphans who had no one to take care of them?
At first, her mom Shelly White thought her compassion was wonderful, but soon would be forgotten. But that's not what happened. “She literally would not let this go,” White says. Ryan shook her piggy bank and begged her parents to just “take it!”
Soon the family tapped into “Show Hope” an adoption advocacy group so they could pray as a family for the hundreds of needy children on the website. Suddenly, one child captured their hearts like no other. A one year old baby girl with a cancerous tumor in an orphanage in China. The baby most likely had just one year to live. The White's couldn't imagine this little one going through that with no family to help or love her. “I had a mother's love for her right away” says Shelly White, whose other children are 3, 6 and 9. “I can't really explain it. I couldn't stop thinking about her. I couldn't get her off my heart.”