ADDING TO THE FAMILY: Giles opens heart to adopted daughter

first_img Published 9:19 pm Thursday, February 13, 2020 Latest Stories By The Penny Hoarder By Jaine Treadwell Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel At age 51, Jennifer Giles’ nest could be empty.Her daughter is 23 years old and her son is 18.So, there was nothing to tie her down. But, instead of spreading her wings, Giles listened to her heart and it lead her to do “the best thing” she has ever done. Skip ADDING TO THE FAMILY: Giles opens heart to adopted daughter You Might Like Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Sponsored Content Print Article Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits “Loki is a foster child I met through school,” Giles said. “He is the sweetest little boy and he made me realized that another child would make my world complete. I needed a child to love. There is no love like that of a child and Loki made me realize what I was missing. He is the reason that I have this wonderful little girl in my life.”.   But with that love comes great responsibility and also with ties.Giles knew she would be an older mom.“Being a mother can be quite a job and certainly when you are an older mom with a baby,” she said and added laughing. “I knew people would think I was the baby’s grandmother and I would have to accept that graciously.” But the tugging on Giles’ heartstrings grew stronger until there was no doubt in her mind that she was ready for another baby in her life. She began to prepare for that time.She took a 12-week class necessary to become a foster parent. When Giles completed the class, she was ready to foster a child and that child was a baby girl.The main goal of foster care is parent reunification so most children in foster care will not become eligible for adoption.“I knew and understood that,” Giles said. “I knew, as a foster parent, I might not have the opportunity to adopt but I was willing to foster the baby and love her no matter what.”Giles brought “the most precious baby girl” home from the hospital on November 22, 2018, Thanksgiving Day.   “She was a preemie so I’d had to wait 22 days to bring her home,” Giles said. “She was so tiny and so very beautiful. I couldn’t even think about the possibility that, as my foster child, she could one day be gone.”The baby girl was in Giles’ care for 400 days and then, Giles was blessed to be able to adopt her.At 4 p.m. on February 4, 2020, Heather Olivia-Mae Giles became the adopted daughter of Jennifer Giles.“Mae is named after my sister, Heather, who was unable to have children but wanted to be a part of the foster journey,” Giles said. “She was with me when I started the journey and the classes began shortly after she passed away. I’m sure she is the reason we were blessed enough to get Mae.”Giles said so often foster children are in care for years as parents and relatives are investigated and found. “With Mae, DHR looked for relatives in several states in an effort to connect with them and get them approved. It is heartbreaking that Mae will not have her birth family around but it is heart-lifting that we will be her forever family.”And what a loving family it is.Giles’ mom is Mae’s baby sitter while Giles, a teacher at Troy Elementary School, is at work, and her best friend all the time. Mae’s older sister and brother adore her and her home is her castle.“We take life so easy,” Giles said. “We play and enjoy being together. We are a threesome – mom, Mae and me. We not in a race of any kind. We just trudge along in our own lane. Mae in her stroller; mom on her ‘wheels’ and me. Life is a joy that I never imagined.”And, if Giles has any regrets, it’s only that she is 51 years and “that’s not long to be in this wonderful world with this wonderful family.” Trojans take on Ramsay in rematch of 2019 regionals The Charles Henderson Lady Trojans got the rematch they were clamoring for. The Trojans will travel to Montgomery on Saturday… read more 123PrevNextStartStop Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Giles is the mom of a 15-month-old bundle of joy and she wouldn’t trade her station in life with anyone.She quickly admits that there have been bumps in the road but “just bumps.”The journey began with a tug at her heart. The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Email the author Book Nook to reopenlast_img read more