When they were out on their first date, Josh Clark and Jessaka talked about how they wanted a big family. At the time they had no idea that they’d be speaking the future into existence. But as it turned out, once Josh and Jessaka were married, they got exactly what they wanted in the family department. It’s been a few years since they told the wind their wish, but now Josh and Jessaka have their ten children and may even add more to their huge family. But their life as parents changed when they got a call from the adoption agency one day.
It’s not every day that you meet a potential partner who wants as many children as you. And Josh and Jessaka each wanted a large number of children with ten.
“My husband Josh and I both knew that we wanted to adopt children. We had decided this before we even met each other,” Jessaka said. Her parents had adopted her two brothers and welcomed between ten and twelve foster children into their home throughout the years. Jessaka remembers them all fondly. And because she had a positive childhood experience, she decided to follow in her parents’ footsteps and have a large family.
“Josh has a heart for the thousands of children that don’t have parents and knew he wanted to bring some of them into his home.”
After Josh and Jessaka were told they would never be able to have children of their own, they knew their desire to adopt was a sign. But then Jessaka got pregnant and they had Noah. But one was hardly anywhere near their desired ten children.
They looked into adoption in January 2015. But everything fell through.
Finally, they received a call from the adoption agency and were told they could adopt the “Super 7.” These seven brothers and sisters wanted to stay together. And just like that Josh and Jessaka had a huge family.
“My eyes probably got as big as his and we both said the same thing: ‘We need to pray about this,’” she told Alive 11. “We prayed that night and didn’t sleep well because God told us that these were the kids for us.”
The “Super 7” had spent 1,359 days in foster care and gone through two failed adoptions.
“They started calling us ‘mom’ and ‘dad’ the first time they met us,” Jessaka told CBS News. “I knew they were my kids. I immediately knew I wanted to be their mom. You both kind of have to fall in love with each other.”
Jessaka wanted them to love her as a mother.
“From their experience, moms leave and moms don’t give you food. You have to basically break that image down and recreate it for them,” she explains. “You have to work at earn their trust. The kids are fielding that image in their mind of what a mom looks like and it gets better each day. Hopefully, this will help them to be good parents have good bonds in their relationships when they’re older as well.”