About Susan Wilke
As I sit here and try to think about how to in the world I am going to even begin to explain who I am, I am left a bit speechless. How do I, in one “about me” page, give you a glimpse into the joys and sorrows of my everyday, ordinary life? It’s simply impossible to, but that doesn’t mean I can’t try!
First and foremost, I am a child of God and a daughter of the King! I am a girl that had her daddy walk out on her in 8th grade, which has left me wounded and scarred. While that brings about daily challenges and struggles, it has also helped me become the strong, independent woman I am today.
In 2001, I married my high school sweetheart, Dan, and we just celebrated out 18th wedding anniversary. From early on in our dating adventures, when we thought we knew everything, we dreamed about having a large family. Six daughters to be exact. Well, we didn’t quite get the six girls, but we did manage, somehow, to have seven kids in nine years.
No multiples. Seven pregnancies and seven births.
Looking back on the past 18 years, there are some years that are a blur! How we raised seven kids when we were just kids ourselves is beyond crazy. While we are out of the diapers and napping season, we have entered in to the teenage years.
Need I say more?
About two years ago, we started to feel the nudge from God to look into foster care and what it would take to become foster parents. While this might seem to make us look even more crazy than we already are, we pressed on and became a licensed foster family. I was positive we would get the call any day and a baby would be placed in our home and we would get the honor and privilege to teach a child what love looks like until they were placed back in their home.
However, God had a different plan.
About three months after becoming a licensed foster family, Dan got word of a job opening in Florida. While we had been on this journey multiple times considering a possible move, this one felt different from the start. This job transfer to Florida would allow for him to be home quite a bit more, and our family would do anything to have their husband and Daddy back home more during the week.
So here we are. A family of nine that has been born and raised in Wisconsin, living our dream of owning a little hobby farm that housed chickens, bunnies, dogs, cats and one beloved pig, to a family on a new journey trying to figure out how to move from a place we love and adore to a new state and all the tears and fears that brings.
We will leave behind family, friends, jobs, and everything we know to a small town in Florida that has no idea what is about to hit them! We will get connected, we will reapply for foster care, and we will survive!
We are not closing the book on Wisconsin, just simply starting a new chapter in our journey together as a family. It isn’t going to be easy and to be honest, I have no idea how we are even going to survive. What I do know is that God has opened every single door that has needed to be opened and has been faithful in each and every step. Would I wish this journey on anyone else? No way! Do I question daily why God picked us to lead down this wild path? Sure do!
However, I am blessed beyond my wildest dreams and will continue to walk boldly with both my Lord and Savior as well as with my husband and kids right by my side as we go… From Farm to Florida.