TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Two Tuscaloosa County parents are turning their heartbreak into a blessing after losing their 3-year-old son Jake to a rare genetic condition in 2016.
“Losing a child is the absolute worse pain that a parent could ever feel. It’s indescribable,” said Jake’s mother, Britani Falls.
But in losing their son, Britani and her husband Wes say they’ve gained so much more. “And the fact that we only got to keep him for three years; God gave us more blessings in three years than most people get in a lifetime,” Britani said.
That blessing is a love for kids with special needs and disabilities; children the Falls say other people might see as a burden. “We know they are a blessing and we know they are a gift from God, just as our Jake was,” Britani said.
Now, almost three years later, the Falls have a new mission: to adopt a child who may never get a chance to feel the love they have to give.
The Falls are leaning on faith to bring an orphan with special needs from oversees back here to Alabama.
“We have a found a little boy in Bulgaria who lives in an orphanage,” Britani said. This little boy has Down syndrome, but the Falls don’t see that as a challenge. They see it as a blessing. The only thing challenging is getting him here. “We need about $35,000 in order to make this happen,” Britani said.
The Falls say they’ve paid their initial fees and have been approved to bring the little boy in Bulgaria home, but they need a little extra help.
“This is absolutely what he [Jake] wants us to do, and I have no doubt in my mind that God is leading us, and this is what we’re called to do,” said Wes Falls, Jake’s father.
If you would like to help the Falls in their mission, you can visit their GoFundMe page to donate.