Sometimes you get exactly what you ask for. Josh Clark told his wife Jessaka on their first date that he wanted 10 kids.
Now the Georgia couple is a family of 10 and may even add another to their roster.
“My husband Josh and I both knew that we wanted to adopt children. We had decided this before we even met each other,” Jessaka, whose parents adopted her two brothers and fostered between 10 to 12 children at a time while she was growing, told Fox News. “Josh has a heart for the thousands of children that don’t have parents and knew he wanted to bring some of them into his home.”
Josh and Jessaka were actually told that they wouldn’t be able to have children. Even though they were surprised by their biological son Noah, they still wanted to adopt to fulfill Josh’s dream of having a big family.
They began their process in January 2015 and were matched with several children.
However, the adoptions always fell through. That’s until they were finally paired with the “Super 7,” a clan of seven brothers and sisters who were trying to stay together.
“My eyes probably got as big as his and we both said the same thing: ‘We need to pray about this,’” she told Alive 11. “We prayed that night and didn’t sleep well because God told us that these were the kids for us.”
The kids went through two failed adoptions and had been in the foster care system for 1,359 days.
“They started calling us ‘mom’ and ‘dad’ the first time they met us,” Jessaka told CBS News. “I knew they were my kids. I immediately knew I wanted to be their mom. You both kind of have to fall in love with each other.”
Not only did she have to love, feed, cloth, and look after eight new children but she also had to teach them to trust a mother figure again.
“From their experience, moms leave and moms don’t give you food. You have to basically break that image down and recreate it for them,” she explains.
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“You have to work at earn their trust. The kids are fielding that image in their mind of what a mom looks like and it gets better each day. Hopefully, this will help them to be good parents have good bonds in their relationships when they’re older as well.”
The Clarks are also looking to adopt the Super 7’s infant sister, however, they have t0 get a larger home before the state will allow it.
They set up a GoFundMe account to try and raise money for a new home. You can help them with their goal by making a donation here.
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