Youngest Mayor in America promotes life
and mission to "Make America Kind Again"
In early fall of 2018, in Houston, Texas, a young woman in the midst of very difficult circumstances learned that she was pregnant. She knew that she did not have the ability to raise another child and contemplated terminating this pregnancy. Several trusted friends and family members encouraged her to consider the choice of life for her unborn child and when she saw him for the first time on an ultrasound machine and heard his heartbeat, this young lady knew that her son's little life must continue. She very bravely & courageously chose life for her child.
Fast forward a few months and on April 18, 2019, Chad and Nancy Jane McMillan were introduced to this amazing young woman through a mutual friend. At a booth in the back corner of a Chick-Fil-A in Central Houston, this brave, courageous and amazing young woman told the couple that she wanted them to adopt her son. The McMillan's prayers to have a child together were answered on April 29th when they welcomed William Charles McMillan, known as Charlie, to the world.
For those of you for whom details are important...yes, that makes 11 days to prepare for the birth of their son and to become parents together. Chad says those days were filled with many questions like, "Sooo….How do you feel about spankings?” “What do you think about summer camp?” “Can YOU change the diapers?” “What if our son grows up and doesn't want to play football?? (Chad was a four-year Letterman for the University of Texas Longhorn Football Team) OR...WHAT IF OUR SON WANTS TO BE AN AGGIE?”
The couple agreed on most things in regard to parenting their son (and Nancy Jane says Chad does an excellent job of changing diapers!). Above all other matters, Chad and Nancy Jane wanted for Charlie to know that even before his conception, he was deeply and sacrificially loved: Charlie has a Heavenly Father who loves him beyond measure and sacrificially sent His only Son Jesus to die for the sins of the world; he has a birth mom who loves him and unselfishly chose life for him and then bravely chose adoption; he has the most amazing community and family and friends who love and support him.
Charlie's story is not unusual. There are thousands of women and men in crisis pregnancy situations every day who have to make a choice between life and death. One of the hopes in sharing Charlie's story of going from death ...to life... to Mr. Mayor is that it will encourage and promote the choice for life and the choice for adoption.
In October, the Whitehall Community Volunteer Fire Department hosted their annual BBQ fundraiser and live auction, where guests can buy everything from cow cubes and bailed hay to wine tastings and it turns out, even the Mayor’s office can be bought! Charlie was the highest bidder for the Whitehall Mayoral Plaque and as the Youngest Mayor in America, he has committed to having his term of service focus on the miracle, gift & choice for life, as well as the beauty & importance of adoption. Charlie campaigned under the promise to “Make America Kind Again,” and believes that in this time of political and cultural divisiveness, the world could use a little kindness. Charlie loves constituents of all political leanings & wants to promote bipartisan values such as faith, service, hospitality, community & a love of America & her flag.
Mayor Charlie and his parents are planning a trip in January to visit Washington D.C. to speak with their elected officials, introduce him to the national political scene and take the message of kindness, life and adoption to the men and women who can affect change on a broad scale.
Charlie lives on a farm outside Navasota, Texas where he cheers for the local high school team, the Rattlers. He loves spending time with his family and friends and helps take care of his 4 dogs, 3 cats, 9 chickens, 2 donkeys, 3 sheep, 2 goats, 20,000 bees, 8 Texas Longhorns and a 475-pound show hog, Mordecai "Morry" Ham. Charlie enjoys beets and mangoes, being tickled, cold formula, his jumpy seat and being kind to everyone he meets.