Meet the newest members of the Davidson Farms family
There are new faces at Davidson Farms, ready to welcome the girls who come there into their new home.
The Lyles family — new house mom Shiloh, her husband Jordan, and their 2-year-old son, Jace — moved into Davidson Farms on June 1.
“I think it’s beautiful,” Shiloh said. “We’re enjoying it. It’s very peaceful. We’ve been in the middle of a city since we got married five years ago, and just being out and away and not hearing cars; it’s very different.”
Not only is it an area they’re not used to; it’s a life they hadn’t exactly planned for.
The Lyles family lived in Lakeland, Fla., and then Enterprise, Ala., before coming to Davidson Farms. They found out about the job from Beverly Owings, Kids to Love’s Director of Social Services, who has known Shiloh for years.
“She said ‘I just feel like the Lord is telling me to call you about this job,’” Shiloh said.
For Owings, it was an easy choice because she knew Shiloh and Jordan were active in ministry and loved helping others.
“I just knew they would be a strong match for what we needed,” Owings said. “They both have a tremendous heart for serving others.”
Shiloh was teaching seventh grade in Coffee County, Alabama, and Jordan was working in sales; leaving meant everything in their lives would change. The offer stayed with them over the next couple of weeks as they prayed about it.
“We just kind of kept going ‘What if we do it? What if we really do that?’” Shiloh said. It meant leaving home for a new place, but it also meant Shiloh would be able to have an impact on children’s lives in a different way — she could share her experiences and how God has impacted her life. Finally, they called Beverly back and set up a time to meet at the Farm and see it. That visit sealed the deal.
“It was pretty much an easy decision for us at that point,” Jordan said.
Now they’re moved in, getting Jace used to everything and establishing a routine as well as getting to know more about the other house residents. They also are taking advantage of the farm’s garden and chickens to provide fresh food for meals.
“Jace loves the chickens,” Shiloh said. “We go and see them every morning.”
As house mom, Shiloh will take care of the girls’ needs: Driving them to and from school and extracurricular activities, making their meals, attending parent-teacher meetings and helping with homework.
They are loving the farm life and looking forward to being a part of the Kids to Love Foundation family. They also get to see every day the progress on the Whitaker Cottage Community that’s being built at the Farm. The Cottage Community will give girls who age out of foster care a place to stay while they start a career or continue their education.
“I think it’s amazing that Lee has done so much with her vision,” Shiloh said. “It’s incredible that someone has a heart for kids like that.”
In her free time, Shiloh enjoys painting and reading. Jordan enjoys photography, videography, and being outdoors.