Though she is one busy woman these days, Janice Branch feels truly blessed this Mother’s Day. She and her husband, Clint, were enjoying their newfound freedom that comes after raising their three children in 2009. Janice had two girls of her own and Clint had one son. The girls had grown up and moved out of the house, building their own families while Clint’s son was 17 and a senior in high school. Clint works as an engineer for Media Recovery in Graham and travels often.
During one of his trips oversee’s, he was enjoying an on-flight movie called “A Home for the Holidays.” It was a film on adopting older children who have no home of their own. The movie touched Clint’s heart and he came home to Janice to share his idea of possibly adopting an older child.
Since they hadn’t had any children together, both Janet and Clint decided to adopt. They began researching websites and adoption agencies. Because data shows once a child turns 10, there’s less than an 8 percent chance of being adopted, the Branches became set on adopting an older child.
Since Clint’s job requires travel, the day-to-day responsibilities were going to fall mostly on Janice, which she was perfectly fine with. They adopted their first child, Angel, in 2010. She was 9 years old. Eventually they adopted two more, Edith who was 9 and then Edith’s biological brother Jacob who was 12.
Before they knew it, they had another full house and their schedules were crazy. Janice went from having all of her freedoms back to full-blown busy mom again in what felt like overnight.
“I wouldn’t change a thing. We talk about it all the time. With the hectic sports schedules, practices, camps and band as well as all the activities in between, I love it. We love it,” Janice said. “These children needed someone to love them, to give them security. God has blessed us. We felt we needed to give back and this was a wonderful way to do that.”
The change of lifestyle, the busy weeks, the lack of time for herself, none of that matters to Janice.
To read the complete article, see the May 9 edition of the Herald.