My Family

My name is Melissa Scott. My days overflow with God’s grace. I am blessed to be living my dream as a wife and a mom! Being a mother is MUCH harder than I ever imagined it would be, but I am seeing more and more everyday that God’s grace is enough. II Corinthians 9:8 says, “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that ye having all-sufficiency in all things may abound unto every good work”!

I’m ecstatically married to my sweet husband, Jeff. We’ve been best friends, and “newlyweds” since 1988! I love our precious kiddos, 8 daughters and 2 sons! They are the bravest people I’ve ever known! You see, God built our family by adoption. We adopted our oldest daughter through private semi-open adoption at her birth and the rest of our children we adopted from foster care. We know without a doubt that God brought us together. When each of them came into our family, their brand new forever family, the devil was defeated! And like the title of the song says, “Calvary Wins Again”! It is a tough fight, but one well worth the battlescars. He is the Healer and the One Who makes us whole again.

We emphatically, enthusiastically live by our family motto, “I love you forever and always and no matter what!” That “no matter what” part is the glue that bonds us together while we grow together in the Lord. Life is not always pretty, and it certainly isn’t easy, but through it all I pray that every one of our children will one day commit to passionately follow Jesus and whoeheartedly trust in the Lord. I pray that they never give up on themselves. I pray they zealously pursue the plans and the dreams God created them to live. We will never give up on them. Their Daddy and I love each of them forever and always and no matter what!

Thank you for taking time to stop here. I pray that Bones in My Heart is a place where you will always find a blessing. If you do, feel free to share our link with others especially those who are fostering or have adopted or are thinking about fostering or adopting and could use some encouragement. If you have any questions about marriage, motherhood, adoption, foster parenting, taking care of a big family, walking with the Lord, or anything else you think I might be able to help you with…feel free to email me or leave me a comment! I’ll do my best to answer each one honestly and quickly.

Thank you and
God bless you, friends!
Psalm 40
2 Corinthians 9:8
Growing in Grace,



16 thoughts on “My Family

  1. I am so delighted to have stumbled across your blog! What a blessing 🙂
    God has placed the word ‘orphanage’ on our hearts … we have four of our own, care for several young mums in the community, after working at a home for pregnant teens (, we are currently fostering, but I know He has more … so I am so encouraged to find your blog and to read how God has put your family together and extended your tent pegs through adoption!
    Praise God.
    Much love and blessings,
    Natalie NZ 🙂

  2. Bless you Melissa, thank you for sharing.
    I grew my two kids in my heart, it’s encouraging to find others who’ve had a similar journey and read the scriptures that encouraged and led you through it

    • My pleasure, Miss Ames. I’m so glad you visited us here!! I know what you mean. It is encouraging to share our stories and how the Lord has brought (and is bringing) us through! He’s SO good!!! Have a wonderful day & a Merry Christmas! ~Melissa

  3. Hi Melissa. Just wanted to let you know that I am in awe of your family life and think your blog is terrific. I am passing the Sunshine Award on to you. Details in today’s post. 🙂

    • Well, isn’t that just about the nicest compliment this blog and this author could receive!!!:) Thank You so much! The Sunshine Award! I’m honored!
      Hmmm, funny how several sunny songs are rolling through my head right about now! Lol!
      Oh by the way, I, too, love daisies and I think the gerbers are especially cheerful! Thank you again! ~ Melissa

  4. What a beautiful family God has gathered under your care! So glad you stopped by my posts so that I could return the social graces and stop by yours! Blessings to all 10 of you!

    • Why thank you, Vicki. God sure is good! It’s such a blessing isn’t it, to mingle around other blogs and pick up a blessing! A wonderful way to put the world wide web to an eternal heavenly use I’d say! 🙂

  5. Hi Melissa,
    Thanks for becoming a follower of my blog. One of the things I need to develop in all areas of my life is discipline; something I hoped to accomplish as a blogger. As you can see, that hasn’t happened, if you’d pray for that I’d be grateful. 8 girls, yikes! I have a daughter and son 21 months apart, both adults. Sadly, she has drifted quite far from her upbringing, any prayer that what I believe in my mother’s heart is true, that she’ll come back to the Lord. I pray none of your girls strays from her parents’ strong teaching.
    Love in Christ,

    • Nice to “meet” you, Janet! I’d be honored to pray for your daughter. …and we all are a work in progress! Self-discipline is sooo hard! I definitely pray fervently for our daughters! Thank you so much!

  6. wow, 8 girls. I have one 16 year old beautiful daughter and I will agree no matter how much you love, life can be difficult and it is not always pretty. I teach my daughter to appreciate everything she has and to pay it forward to others. Would love to live with the Alpaca’s. My friend has a farm that sounds much like yours and I am jealous of the peace and nature every time I find myself back in Pennsylvania.

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