I Am From…

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In school this year, Billy was assigned to create a video called, “I Am From” that told the story of who he is.  Each slide was supposed to start with “I Am From” and there were requirements as to what kinds of pics he had to have.  Some modifications were made by his teacher, because Billy’s history is not as easy to document as some kids.  But this is what he came up with.  I changed a few pictures tonight to make it more ‘current’, but other than that, this is all Billy’s doing.  Need I warn you it made his teachers cry like babies?!

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31 Responses to "I Am From…"
  1. Derek Wilkins says:

    ok, I admit it, I cried too. Forget sometimes about how good a life I had growing up!

  2. Emma W says:

    Wow. That is fantastic

  3. Lisa McLean says:

    fantastic….balling my eyes out & smiling simultaneously kind of fantastic!!!!

  4. Jurnee says:

    It will not let me watch the video..please fix this

  5. Sarah E. says:

    Cried like a baby by slide two, but I know you are going to be an amazing man forged in the fire of your past and cooled by the love you have now! Absolutely amazing!

  6. Mimi D says:

    This was so very inspirational. We are in the middle of adopting a 15 year old–fabulous young man and God guided me to your blog for a reason. Thank you!

  7. Vintage Red010 says:

    My family has done foster care for the past 15 years and it has been the most amazing, yet difficult, experience. Being the oldest biological child, I learned so much from these wonderful kids that came to stay with us. Wouldn’t trade it for anything 🙂 Thank you for sharing your video Billy. It is truly inspiring.

  8. Kpjmom says:

    We can’t pick the Family we are born into but with alot of support we can try to over come the bad and make a better life for ourselves. Everything we go through both good and bad make us the people we are today. Stay Strong Billy and keep up the good work.

  9. Laurel says:

    Ok, swore I would not cry, but had to grab the napkins!

  10. Alicia says:

    Oh My God (And I mean that as a prayer of praise!)  I am absolutely in love that that kid. What an amazing young man. God bless you all.

  11. Heidi says:

     This video is amazing. Wow, just wow.

  12. Meg says:

    I still like to come back and watch this. Its so beautiful. It still makes me cry.

  13. JessicaC says:

    Simply Beautiful!  What an amazing young man – I am sure you are so proud!

  14. Rivers3Lady says:

    Touched my heart!! Thank you for sharing!

  15. Adam Fraser says:

    Good man… and a lucky one.

  16. Meliana74 says:

    Just “wow”…

  17. Kim says:

    I was a foster care case manager for 3 years, and it was the hardest job I’ll ever do. Billy, YOU, and every other child who has been through the dreaded “system”, are the reason I did the job, and the reason that I am now doing home based counseling for families who are trying to prevent removal or families who have foster/adoptive children that need a little help adjusting.  YOU are the reason I want to be a foster/adoptive parent.  And YOU are the reason I hope to one day find my birth family, to thank them for placing me for adoption as an infant so I wouldn’t have to experience the pain of life with them.  Thank you so much for sharing your video, and for being an inspiration to all.
    Purcellville, Virginia

  18. Stickykissesblog says:

    Wow! That is all I really have to say and I cried like a baby

  19. Chris says:

    Thank you for sharing who you are! You were created uniquely and for a purpose. A purpose which is greater than yourself.

    I direct a camp in Anchorage called Royal Family KIDS, there is one in Kenai also, for kids7-11 in foster care. Many times we are asked by volunteer staff if one week makes a difference. I believe it does. Your life story says it does. Even though you didn’t go to RFK, people invested in your life for short periods and long periods which makes a huge difference. I would like to ask permission to use your video as part of our staff training. The camp staff are all volunteers and many experience foster care for the first time at camp.

    Again thank you for sharing. I was blessed richly!

    • I mentioned this to Billy and he was fine with it! 🙂 I had a kid in Oregon who attended Royal Family Kids Camp. I still have the cassette tape of the songs, and we love to listen to it! In fact, it was while picking up that child at camp that I was lucky enough to see my very first foster child, who was at camp! It was nice to see her again…Thanks for doing what you do!

  20. BritGirlTX says:

    Wonderful.  Great job.  Thank you for sharing.

  21. Friday says:

    Thank you for the reality check.  I have been fortunate to have kids “fostered” to me when their parents didn’t want to deal with them anymore.  I needed to remember it made a difference, if even for a year.

  22. Char says:

    Wow, that’s powerful! 

  23. Denise says:

    I cried too. That is a special video, I’m sure he must have made an A. Great job.

  24. Robinclarkbar says:

    You did a wonderful job Billy..  God Bless You!

  25. Dabearma says:

    cried again watching this.  You two are my heroes.

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