"We didn't have a plan really we just prayed about it that we wanted to do something," says John.
Alice and John say their answer to prayer was becoming foster parents. A short time later, Alice found out she was pregnant, but they decided they had enough love for two.
About a year and a half ago, Phillip was placed in their home. He was just 6 months old at the time. John says, "I don't know how to describe it. He's just been a blessing for us, from the first day we got him. He's just been a blessing."
"He's always been sweet, very pleasant. Well, he did turn 2 recently but, he's over that now," says Alice with a grin.
In the months to come, Phillip would fill a void John and Alice had not expected when something went wrong with her pregnancy. "We had the baby at 7 months. He lived 51 minutes and then he passed away," says John solemnly.
Alice adds, "Phillip is joy. He was there when nothing else would have helped. He was my reason to get out of bed everyday, and I did."
Alice would become pregnant again and they decided they also wanted Phillip to be a permanent part of their family. This past November, Phillip got his forever family on National Adoption Day in Smith County. He wasn't afraid to let everyone know about it as he grabbed the microphone and started singing.
John and Alice are enjoying watching this young boy grow and learn, but the best part, "is being called Momma. When he says, 'Momma I love you.'"
Four months ago, the family grew by one when Phillip got a baby brother, named Ruben. While this family says giving the Gift of Love is rewarding, they discovered that love was also returned to them.
If you'd like to know more about fostering or adopting call our Gift of Love hotline, toll-free, 1-888-kids-275.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:31 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:31:48 GMT
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