In October 2008, my life turned upside down and it has never been the same since! A policewoman knocked on my door holding an 8 week old baby boy. He was wrapped in a towel and all I remember were his huge brown eyes staring at me and a big blue dummy in his mouth. This baby had been found in the bushes opposite our home, and we were asked if we could look after him for a few days while they looked for his family. We pastor a church in our area and we were considered a safe place by the local people in our community who had directed the police to us.
We opened our home to this beautiful little boy and he stole our hearts from the beginning. My whole family fell hopelessly in love with him. We gave him the name Benjamin, which means "Beloved Son of the Lord", because we knew God had a destiny, plan and purpose for this special child of His.
Benjamin's mom was found and for various reasons, she made the decision to put him up for adoption. We were delighted, as by that time, we were completely in love with him and him with us. We couldn't imagine ever having to part, and he became our first adopted child.
Today, I have a lovely relationship with Benjamin's biological mother and she visits him as often as she wants to. Benjamin feels quite special that he has two moms - a tummy mommy and a heart mommy!
My beautiful Ben has turned my world upside down in more ways than I can describe and impacted more lives around us than most adults do in a life time! He initiated something very magical in our hearts as a family and prepared us for what was to come - this very children's home.
Written by Benjamin's Adoptive Mom, Tracy King (South Africa)