Our Destiny Has Arrived
Written by Dan Lybarger
Some people can inspire us by simply being around. Seeing how they can get through the day despite great difficulties can be encouraging when we face challenges of our own.
Young Destiny Grace Holt is only four years old, but she’s managed to make a lot of people happy. Joe Holt, the owner of HopeLight Comforting Faith Counseling Services and his wife Patsy have just adopted her through Cornerstones of Care Foster Care and Adoption Services. The adoption has only become official today, but she’s been changing the lives around her already.
Destiny is currently unable to walk or speak, but she can dominate a room simply by smiling. She lives with focal epilepsy and a primary neurological disorder called acquired microcephaly. This means her brain is smaller than that of other children her age. She needs careful medical attention to keep her seizures in check and to reach her potential.
That potential is formidable.
Destiny has an ability to love that stretches beyond the size of her small physique. She enjoys being held, and it’s impossible not to return her affection. She can sense people’s feelings and offers a hug for those whose days haven’t gone well. Despite the formidable hurdles she has faced and will continue to face, Destiny makes all of us feel less alone.
Joe and Patsy’s love of caring for children evolved through different paths. Joe lived in a children’s home from the time he was three until he was 12. His mother later abandoned him at 16, leaving him homeless. Loving families invited Joe into their homes and made a difference. Patsy simply loves babies, and gave up a career in management to help raise foster and adoptive children. Joe, Patsy, and Destiny’s new siblings Jeremy (34), Janet (21), Faye (19) and Edwin (19), are able to give Destiny a place where she can grow and even thrive.
Destiny has been with the rest of the Holts since she was 16 months old. Now she has a chance to love them some more, for the rest of her life.