During our 9 years of waiting for God to bless us with a child, I can honestly say that adopting a teenager was not on my radar. Little did I know the effervescent overcoming powerhouse of a 4 foot 11 inch girl, would wrangle her way into my heart forever. I always trusted God’s plan for our family, and boy, did He ever have something good for us. Over the last 5 years I hadn't spoken publicly about this big part of our life, but now that she is officially our daughter, I can–with her elated approval–shout it from the rooftops! We’re both excited to share our story of her teenage adoption and the ways in which we can already see it turning into a beautiful story of redemption! Our God is so good y’all.
We first heard about Teck through a student at our church in Georgia 5 years ago. The girl briefly told us Teck’s story and how she was left in Malaysia at birth by her biological parents to be raised by what we believe to be distant family members. Teck was never told that the people raising her were not, in fact, her real parents, so she grew up calling them ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’ and believed their children were her biological siblings. They were hard-working parents, but still very poor and every member of the family slept in one room on the floor. She was loved.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
Teck was always treated much differently than her 3 siblings. She was never hugged or told she was loved. She was never given any answers as to why they left her in Malaysia, nor did she even know if they were actually her parents. But she was told many times to go and get adopted or that she was never even wanted in the first place.
She recently wrote and produced this video telling her story in her own words. Click Here to watch!
There is so much more to this powerful redemption story, including her first ever birthday party on the day we brought her home HERE! While we were used to give her a family and the love she so deserves, I believe God used her to strengthen my faith and act as a constant reminder of His faithfulness. We serve such a mighty God who can do the impossible!
Vanessa Sokic lives with her family in Franklin, TN. She has a 3 year old daughter, newly adopted 19 year old daughter and a baby due in August! She is the author of the blog DailyDelivered.com and a chronic sharer of essential oils! While she grew up in between Florida and Canada, she considers herself a true Southerner as she was born in Texas and lives on pimento cheese and sweet tea! You can follow Vanessa on Instagram @DailyDelivered or check our her Facebook page Daily Delivered!