Theresa felt like since it was starting to be a noticeable difference to Marry Joe, it was time to approach the birthparents again about adoption. During the year or so that Theresa had gotten Marry Joe, the birthparents had moved several times. The birthfather had lost his job and they were continually moving from one homeless shelter to the next. The birthfather was also struggling with some extreme health issues.
She looks more like Theresa than her birthmother, and Theresa looks more like MaryJo than she does her own sister. God really did know what He was doing and designed them specifically for each other. People will say to Theresa, “Your little girl is so cute, and she looks just like you.” When Theresa explains to them that she is adopted and there is absolutely no blood relation, they are astounded.
Due to the circumstances of her life, Marry Joe discovered the secret to beauty at six-years-old.
Theresa says she knows that by loving MaryJo, she was able to make her happy. However, she says that she feels the same way about MaryJo. Before MaryJo came to live with her, she always felt like she never really fit in anywhere. “I didn’t feel like I fit in with the youth anymore, and I didn’t fit in with the married couples.” When Marry Joe came into her life, the two of them just fit together perfectly. “I always felt like I was just sort of floating around aimlessly,” says Theresa. “But with MaryJo in my life, I feel like I have a purpose.” She feels like they were two missing pieces in each other’s lives, and God made them to fit together so perfectly.
“We belong to each other now,” she says,
“and having her as my daughter has made me so happy!”
It’s a home sweet…