Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Vanderhoff Family

"Life can best be understood looking backwards, but it has to be lived moving forwards." - Hudson Vanderhoff

Last Saturday, I had the blessing of listening to one of the most incredible testimonies that I have ever heard. Hudson and Patty Vanderhoff are an ordinary couple whom the Lord is using in an extraordinary way. The Vanderhoff's have committed in a most unique way to glorifying the Lord through bringing the world literally into their home. Hudson and Patty have eight biological children and thirteen adopted children. That's right; they have twenty-one children. And that's not the whole story. Every adopted child has unique physical or emotional needs that the Vanderhoffs knew about leading to their adoption. The faces of the Vanderhoff children represent the vast spectrum of the human race. It is an incredibly beautiful and moving picture.

Hudson shared his family's verse which is found in Isaiah 8:18. It reads, "Here am I, and the children the Lord has given me. We are signs and symbols in Israel from the Lord Almighty, who dwells on Mount Zion." Hudson stated that his family is itself a demonstration of the powerful of God's grace and kingdom. What a blessing and a challenge to listen to this man's story of love.


  1. I have a son with spina bifida and i was wondering if it would be possible to get in touch with the Vanderhoff family. i am on the board of the spina bifida association of greater new england and as part of my job as a board member i try to reach out to new families in the new england area. but i also enjoy getting to know, helping and learning from other families affected by spina bifida. please feel free to get in touch with me by email

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  2. I wish I was healthier. We have four babies. Two have gone to be with the Lord. We have (17 y/o) & (4 y/o). We may adopt in the future. Well see what the Lord has in store! Blessings!! XxoO

  3. Somehow this page became my homepage. So everytime I go online on my phone, I see Colossians 3:17. For someone starting her walk with the Lord & figuring out how to serve Him better, I can't imagine a better "fluke!!" I will keep this as my homepage until I've remembered the verse! Isn't that something?