Nancy Fileccia is a sixteen-year homeschooling veteran and co-owner of A Journey Through Learning lapbooks with her best friend, Paula Winget. Together, they’ve created more than 400 fun, hands-on learning products for homeschooling families. Nancy loves helping parents with their journey of international adoption. Nancy and her husband, Rusty, make their home in Shreveport, Louisiana, with their three children. Visit her website at ajourneythroughlearning.com.
Nancy’s Mission Statement:
I never considered myself a “speaker.” But, in 2003, God chose my family to begin an extraordinary life journey. Trusting in our faith, my husband, Rusty, and I packed up our three children and traveled to China to adopt Xing Dan Nang (Candace), an eight-year-old little girl who was blind. Little did we know this trip would lead us through the deepest valleys a family could ever experience. The hurdle of teaching a blind child paled insignificantly when our precious daughter was diagnosed with Battens, a fatal disease, in 2006. The next three years became a roller coaster ride of deep despair, desperate hope, and searching for answers. Since this experience, God has placed several areas on my heart to help families on their journey to international adoptions.
- First, I would love to educate parents on the adoption of OLDER children. Many families are NOT prepared for the obstacles they encounter once they arrive back home with their child. My prayer is to provide parents with information that will help them to understand the life of an older child in an orphanage and to better understand the anger, emotions, and distance that often come with these children.
- My second prayer is to support parents in finding the shining light of God’s purpose for their “forever children.” I want to encourage more parents to adopt children with special needs who desperately need a family to love.
- And, finally, I would love to speak to families who have lost a child. Life is short; no one is guaranteed eighty years. But during our time on earth, we can inspire, love, and show God’s undying love for us before He calls us home.