COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Eartha Oliver is 72 years-old and is no stranger to parenting. She says she raised five of her own children, has 13 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. Four years ago, Eartha became a mother again.
"They told me if I could not help out with the children, they would have to put them in foster care," says Eartha. "I couldn't let that happen."
By blood, Eartha is a great aunt to 14 year-old Jaquetta , 12 year-old Thalia and 11 year-old Jonathan, but by law and by heart she's their mom. "I'm on a very fixed income, but I do what I can for the three children," said Eartha. "Life with them, it is a joy,"
That feeling is reciprocated by all of her kids. "It's fun and exciting," says Thalia. "Because we spend time together and have fun," adds Jaquetta.
You can feel that fun all around their home, but Eartha says providing for the children also has many challenges. "Sometimes it gets hard when you pay your bills, and they need something. You don't really know where the money's coming from, but the Lord always makes a way for me," says Eartha.
She adds that's exactly how she felt when she learned a school counselor nominated her for Families Helping Families. "I can't explain it, it's just like, 'Lord, you said you would take care of my needs,' so there it is," says Eartha.
The whole family says they want to give a big "Thank you" to all those who give. "Thank you, God will bless you," says Eartha. "Words are not adequate to explain, but I thank the family that adopted us," she adds.
To adopt a family call (803) 758-1020 or click here.