The Origel Family
In 2009, I thought that I would be a single mother for the rest of my life. Little did I know, God had a greater plan in store to redeem my story and my family legacy.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits… who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with love and compassion…” Psalm 103:2,4. Coming out of a broken marriage and a season of being in “the pit” I had little expectations for the future. I thought that I was damaged goods and that God wouldn’t want to use me because of the stain of divorce. I soon identified that this was a lie from the pit of Hell. As children of God we are not exempt from the evils of this world nor from our own sin. We can, however, hold to the truth of God’s Word.
In 2011, God placed a man in my life as a dear friend who modeled what is was to have an authentic relationship with the Lord that produced true life change. That man is now my husband Jesus Origel. Jesus “Zeus” is a walking example of God’s redemption. He was raised in a fatherless single parent home, had made poor choices in his teen years, but through a male role model and a couple friends he gave his life to Christ. His family and friends can testify that Zeus is a different man and Zeus would testify that the difference in him is Jesus Christ. Zeus and I became best friends and later married in 2013. He embraced Titus as his own and I saw his ability to love a child that was not his own blood. My husband’s unconditional love did a work in my heart. He shared his desire to be a father to the fatherless and I was onboard to mother orphans. We decided that we would do this as a family by becoming foster parents.
We became certified foster parents for Spanish speaking youth in September 2014. A month later we were approached by our neighbors, who were respite foster parents at the time, and they asked us if we would be interested in adopting their foster son, Jaiden. We were his babysitters and had a relationship with him so without hesitation we said yes! This led us to get dual certified and we became treatment foster parents in January 2015. Three months later, on April 1st, 2015, Jaiden was placed in our home as our first foster son. He turned one years old that month! We walked through countless court hearings and complicated family dynamics all the while trying to love his family with the love of Jesus. By doing so, we were able to reach an open adoption agreement with his birth mom. On January 28th, 2016 the adoption was finalized and we gave him the name Omar Jaden Origel!
We have four children in our family, Titus is six, Ever is two, Omar is two, and Isabel is ten months. We are continuing on this journey of adoption and foster care. The need for loving families is tremendous as we have had four additional children in our home in less than a year. It is a privilege to be able to open our home to orphans who are in distress. Some children our adopted and others come and go but our prayer is that every child who enters our home will encounter the love of Jesus. That the generational blessing from our family will be passed to every child who God places with us. We want to see each of them in the Kingdom of God. Praying throughout their lives that God’s will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Living with open hands to the Lord with all of our children is the greatest blessing and the hardest disciplines. Yet our God loves the little children with the greatest love of all and we trust him completely!