Jason and Ursula McGlone, center, have adopted seven children during the past four years and have fostered about 40. Their current foster children are: from left, Allison, 16; Gabe, 5; Laiken, 7; Madison, 15; Gunner, 7; Beau, 4; and Eli, 3. The McGlones were stretched for living space after ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ canceled on them. But thanks to the Friends of Jesus, the family is on its way to having a house that’s big enough. / Brent Lewis/Gazette
Below is an article from the Chillicothe Gazette about the McGlone family in Southern Ohio. What a blessing!
Written by Joelle Murray
Special to the Gazette
PIKETON — For years, Ursula McGlone prayed for a bigger house for herself, her husband Jason, and their seven adopted children.
Now, that dream is on its way to coming true, thanks to a group of Christians calling themselves Friends of Jesus. The group believes in helping widows and orphans, following a teaching in the Biblical book of James.
When the TV show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” canceled an episode that was to feature the McGlones, Friends of Jesus stepped in, buying a house for the family, formerly of Rarden, and adding rooms to it. Although the house is not yet complete, the family moved into it in September.
“It was pretty surreal, actually,” Ursula said of knowing they were going to get the house of their dreams. “Even now, sometimes when I wake up, I have to remind myself that we’re really here. Also, it’s very scary. I mean we’re stepping out in faith. That may seem simple, but when you have seven children in the home, and it’s something like this, it’s a huge responsibility.”
Many of the McGlones’ children, who range in age from 3 to 16, were saved from precarious situations, including two who were born to drug-addicted mothers. The children were all adopted after Jason survived chronic mylogenous leukemia. In addition, the McGlones have been foster parents to about 40 children.
“Luke, our natural son, was totally different,” McGlone said. “We get as much information as the agencies have about the children before the adoption is final, but there is always so much that isn’t documented that we just have to work through. … We are constantly in a state of repair.”
The children still suffer from fear of abandonment, and will often have rage fits or tantrums without knowing why. Still, McGlone said love was what made it worth it.
“It sounds simple enough, but it’s deeper than that,” she said. “The mere sight of little fingers on your arm when they need you, or their little toes when they’re lying on the floor, or the sound of a giggle of pure joy. It makes your heart swell so much that you just can’t stop smiling and laughing with them.”
Even the two teenage girls have their ways of showing love. Sometimes they will hug their parents, but other times they get a little more emotional.
“Just before her sixteenth birthday, the day before, I told Allie (the oldest) that it was her last day being 15,” Ursula said. “Her response was unforgettable. She said that she had never thought that she would live to see 16 and that she knew that, if she hadn’t come to us and been adopted, that she wouldn’t be.”
Even though it isn’t done yet, the McGlones have plans for their new house that involve helping others.
“Our door has always been open to those in need, especially children,” Ursula said. “We just love to help people as much as we can. We’ve had, and still do, get phone calls or visits from old foster placements that have fallen on hard times and need a place for awhile. They know that they are welcome here.”