We would like to introduce you to one of our foster parents, Major and Theresa Waddell. What an awesome couple! They are full of so much wisdom and the love they have for Christ just radiates throughout them. They have been married for 40 years; have 3 sons and 4 grandchildren ranging from ages 5-12. Let’s meet them!
What is the secret to being married so long? Hang in there no matter what, when you feel like you are about to lose that love, pray! The Lord will just put that love right back into your heart and will give you the strength to hold on. You have to come into marriage with the right perspective, have to want it, and have to learn to agree to disagree.
How important is family to you? Extremely! 90% of our time goes to family. Our sons and grandchildren live next door to us. Family is everything to us.
How long have you been fostering with Brandi Nichole FEC? 2 years
What made you want to become a foster parent? I always had a desire to help children. We have always been busy raising our children and grandchildren. I had it on my heart to foster others, told Major and we prayed, talked and decided to step into it. We just wanted to help.
What is your favorite part about fostering? We love seeing them become productive people in their lives, striving to be the best they can be. We are proud of them. Another great thing is just being able to share that love and you receiving that love right back.
Do you have any tips for the parents out there? Stick together and don’t let the child play you. And don’t be surprised with children and what they will do. Our son, Joseph was 6 and he had come to dinner table one night and he had shaved the top of his eyebrows. We weren’t sure what it was at first, but something looked odd about him. He was very dark tan because at this time we had lived in Florida. He had dark hair and dark eyebrows but two little light spots on the middle of his forehead. He came in there shaking his eyebrows up and down. He did not want us to know, but he kept moving his eyebrows. It is so funny because children can do some things that will just surprise you. A lot of it is crying out for attention.
As a kid what did you want to be when you grew up? Teresa – I wanted to be a nun. I just always loved the Lord and I thought nuns were beautiful. They gave their whole heart and everything to the Lord; it was just so beautiful to me. Major – I wanted to be in law enforcement. I had seen a need and had a heart for it. I couldn’t understand why people could be so mean and thought I could help change that.
What is the worst job you ever had? I had a plumber job and this one particular time, I had to get into a new septic tank. I was hooking up the mechanics in it and the person in the house flushed the toilet while I was in there! They knew I was in there but had forgotten. They ran out and apologized for it but by that time it was too late; that was the worst. It was awful, made me not want to go back to work. I had some trying times.
What super power would you want to have? We already got the super power, his name is Jesus. There is no other greater than the Lord. He shows you how to care, you learn, and become a better person. He is the best power you could have.
What would you name the autobiography of your life? Theresa – Did I give my all? No matter where you at in life, Do you take all your positions seriously? Major- The pearl of great price. I think my life would be like a pearl. The Lord had brought it from a rough thing to something else. It has to be shined every once in a while, but it’s what the Lord has made it to be and I thank him for it, because he changed my life. You can take a diamond and break it up and make all kinds of things from it, but a pearl is what you see it to be and my life is what you see it to be.
Finish this sentence: Family is… Family is number one and most important.