It all starts with a teacher, way over her head as a young teacher, based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana called Chelsea Haley, 24 years-old and single…
Haley was part of teaching for America and her goal was to help, or hope to help, and make a difference to students at a low-income school, but there was one student, a fourth-grade young boy who almost drove her to quit!
The little boy, a 12-year-old Jerome Robinson was not very cooperative at all, in fact, he was flunking everything, not only did he fail at school work but he was also often suspended …a real pain!
Hailey thought at the time:
“At certain points, his behavior got so bad, I thought, ‘I can’t do this anymore,’ ..I can’t be a teacher.”
But being the strong determined person that she was she carried on, every day picking herself up and getting on. She found out that Jerome’s home life, which was riddled with psychological hurt and despair, it was very tender for him at home.
“It was really hard on her after she lost her husband …It was just a combination of tragedy coupled with the other social situations you face when you live in poverty.”
Haley realized also that Jerome’s birth mom, whose young daughter also passed away was really struggling.
The commitment that Haley had with teach America was coming to the end of its two-year term, but she still felt drawn to remain there for another year after she needed to.
In the fall of 2015 something pivotal happened, but she didn’t realize at the time, sh had a dream that absolutely changed the direction of her life forever more!
In her dream she heard God’s voice, the voice told her that she was to be Jerome’s mother. She didn’t think too much about it but laughed the thought away at first.
Then, out of the blue something else happened, the very next day at work, she sat watching Jerome, pondering her dream, he was quietly taking a test.
Haley said she felt a calm come over her, like an angels breath, a godly calm, then at that moment Jerome looked up and asked her something.
Haley said that:
“He just asked me if he could live with me …I told him I had been feeling the same thing.”
Jerome’s birth mother confirmed the path set out for them as she also asked about the adoption of her sons Jerome and Jace then smaller younger one, to give them a better life!
Putting all her trust in God, Haley adopted Jerome and Jace, she took a teaching job in Georgia, it was a big change in her life a real curveball, but she says she wouldn’t change a thing!
Jerome is really doing well in school now, he is on the honor roll for the first time in his entire life.
For Haley paying the bills and keeping on top of her finances is really hard, now a single mother living off a teachers salary, but God has always provided for them.
“I always knew I wanted to be a mom and I wouldn’t trade this for anything”
Everyone from around the world has been moved by her story and also offered financial support to the family, the money will help Jace stay in preschool and provide a college tuition for both of the boys in the future!
We wish this lovely family the very best for the future, Haley you are awesome!
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