Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Hurd Family ~ 31 Families of HOPE: Day 20


Meet the Hurd Family!: Geoffrey & Diana Hurd, Megan, Amanda, Alex, Tim, David and Karolina




Geoff had two daughters, Diana had three sons, and now they have an additional daughter who joined their family through adoption from Russia.


Diana, what first tugged on your heart about the Fatherless?

I felt “the tug” way back when I was around 18. I always knew that I would adopt sometime in my life. I explored it several times over the years, but it just wasn’t the right time. After the death of my first husband, God sent another wonderful man into my life. We married. Our children were all getting older and we thought we still had something to give to a child. It’s hard to explain, but I just always seemed aware of the need. I think the Lord just kept it inside me, just waiting for the right time in my life.


Tell us one unique thing about your family/ministry.

I think our uniqueness is that we are seasoned parents and that we adopted an older child.(4 ½ at the time).  She also has the challenges of  Fetal Alcohol Effect.


What was one challenge either before, during or after your child(ren) came home?

Those first months of her adjusting to family life was tough. Tantrums, lying on the floor rocking, running from us, etc.were difficult. We also had the language barrier. I had learned some Russian, but clearly not enough.


If you could tell a family that was considering adoption one bit of advice what would it be?

If you are adopting an older child, learn as much of their language as you possibly can. You will probably only need if for around 6 months or so, but really helps. I focused on learning words that you needed to use to talk to a small child. I played a CD in my car, learned as I drove. Later we used the same CD as a fun thing for her to learn English.


What verse was especially encouraging to you during your adoption journey?

Habakkuk 2:3   “But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly,surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow,do not despair,for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day.”



Share one blessing that has happened because you said YES and followed God on this journey.

Because we said “yes”, God has used this adoption to bring our blended family closer. She is our common link.



If you could share one other thing that is meaningful to you on the topic of adoption/orphan care, what would it be?

Support is essential. I am a pretty self reliant person. The adoption process has humbled me to learn to ask for help. This is hard in the beginning. I have raised 3 sons. I am tuff. I have called my social worker many times. She has become such an important person for me. We attend adoptive family get togethers. I talk to adoptive mothers and read as much as I can.  This “31 Nuggets” is so encouraging to me.

Thank you, Hurd Family, for sharing HOPE with us here at Reaching Hearts!  




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Be sure not to miss the rest of the "31 Families of HOPE" series:

Day 2 ~ Cole Family
Day 3 ~ Weber Family
Day 4~ Heim Family
Day 5 ~ Kacirek Family
Day 6 ~ DeBlecourt Family
Day 7 ~ Sharp Family
Day 8 ~ McClard Family
Day 9 ~ Solgos Family
Day 10 ~ Linck Family
Day 11 ~ McClelland Family
Day 12 ~ Peduzzi Family
Day 13 ~ Nalley Family
Day 14 ~ Stone Family
Day 15 ~ Pighetti Family
Day 16 ~ Pattie Family
Day 17 ~ Loux Family
Day 18 ~ Hampton Family
Day 19 ~ Lee Family



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