CANYON, TX (KFDA) - One family is sharing their story from fostering to adoption to help make a difference for children who are in need of a place to call home.
The Jackson's were already a family of four - Mom, Dad and two biological children, before they decided to open their hearts and their home to foster and ultimately adopt two 2-year-old boys.
While the family says the experience has been a roller coaster, ultimately, it's been a blessing.
When Jill Jackson first had the idea to foster, both her and her husband Matt Jackson said they didn't have any idea what would come from it.
"I think God just laid it on my heart, and I just kind of verbalized it one day to Matt," said Jill Jackson. "He said, 'I don't think we can do that.' I said, 'oh I bet we can.' We did."
They took two then babies into their home; Corbin first and then Titus to mesh with a biological son and daughter of their own.
They say almost instantly their hearts melted and knew adoption was the answer.
"Once you've had them for any period of time at all, even just a few hours, you're attached to them," said Matt Jackson.
"It's been good for our older kids to kind of take that step into foster care," said Jill. "To see that life isn't just about them. Sometimes you have to think outside of yourself and make sacrifices. There's people in this world who aren't as well off as them. We need to step out and help other people."
Every foster family's story is different.
Before the family was able to finalize both adoptions, Corbin went back to his biological mom, which the family says was heartbreaking.
"It happened very quickly, I was out of town," said Matt. "It was the hardest thing that I've ever been through because at that point he felt like my son."
Now, they're happily the Jackson family of six and hope their story will inspire other families to open their hearts and homes to children in need.
"You don't need to have a special ability to foster, you just need to be loving and willing to open your home," said Jill. "It's not a superpower, it's just normal people willing to help those in need."
They say the road is challenging and filled with ups and downs but worth it.
"The hard part is not knowing, you're invested in these kids and you don't know what the long term is for them - until you get to adoption," said Jill.
"You never know what that bond and that feeling is going to be like until you have a chance to experience it, but that connection happens really quickly," said Matt.
With Corbin and Titus, the Jackson family puzzle is now complete.
"Our hands are full, our hearts are fuller," said Jill.
If you're interested in fostering, the Jackson's say there's a community of people in the Panhandle who are more than willing to help you make a difference in the lives of children who need it the most.