Sep 3, 2019
Gina McConnell took a chance
when she was 31 and unmarried with a great career. She fostered a
little girl, Gabby, who happened to crack her heart wide open and
changed the course of her life forever. Today, she and her husband
Matt have 10 children, including Gabby, who teach her lessons about
life and love daily, and who remind her to never say never. She
joins the Inner Circle to talk with Carrie about why she decided to
foster and eventually adopt in the first place, what it is like to
have a household of 10 made up of her biological and adopted
children, and how family is the way we define it for ourselves.
Gina also talks about adopting from another country, and how she
maintains her patient parenting style in such a full
What You’ll Hear In This Episode:
was a buyer for a men’s store, and was 31 and not married when her
daughter Gabby came into her life in a very unexpected
- Gina’s beautiful experience of fostering Gabby,
and how the two synced up and she knew she was changed
Gina went from fostering Gabby to adopting her, and what that
decision was like for herself and the close people around
their first date, Gina’s husband Matt took both Gina and Gabby out
and even made it past a baby meltdown.
- It is
very important for Gina that as a biracial family, her children
have role models and plentiful representation of color that they
can feel good about.
recognizes what she can do for her adopted children, such as deeply
listen and love unconditionally. She also recognizes what she can’t
do, like take away trauma or fix their hurt.
different origin stories and personalities of all 10 children, and
what gifts and lessons they have given to Gina.
it was like for Gina and Matt to adopt from Ethiopia, and how they
know they made the right choice.
beautiful way in which these brothers and sisters are bonded for
life, and treat each other with mutual respect and unconditional
special role that Pops has in their life as the irreplaceable
details on how Gina home schools her children and manages to feed
such a large crew every night!
don’t know the capacity of your heart has to hold until your heart
have no control over the love that your heart can fill within the
blink of an eye.”
live in a state of ‘never say never’.”
can’t fix their hurt, but I can be there to
takes honesty to look inside yourself.”
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