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2/10/03-East Texas

Gift Of Love: A Family Gives the Gift of Love Four Times Strong

   Just over two years ago, we introduced you to a little boy in East Texas named Wendell. Finally, just the right family came forward to open up their hearts and their home. Now, not only does he have a forever family, but a new name, John. To protect him and his new family we will only use first names in this report.

   "We love you very much and we're glad to have you as part of our family," says Mark, John's new Dad. You could tell by the smile on John's face, he's waited a long time to hear those words. "It's great. I love this family and I want to stay here," says John with a beaming face. Seven months ago, Mark and Marty brought John into their East Texas home. They knew from the start, he was meant to be their son. "As soon as we saw his picture that was it." Marty, his new Mom, goes on to say, "It makes me feel really good to see that we can help a child." Mark adds, "I feel so wonderful about it. There's just no other feeling like it."

   John is proud of his own room, with his own toys, and the cowboy hat he's always wanted. He also got something else he's always longed for three brothers, also adopted. Jacob leans over to his little brother and says "I love you." Aaron is also fond of his little brother saying, "We play football together and he's usually on my team." Despite coming from four different homes, these boys have bonded like true brothers. "Like all little brothers, he can be a pain sometimes," says Troy with a smile on his face. The oldest brother goes on to say, "But besides that, he's real lovable and all that. We get along and help him out with stuff when he needs help with school work or whatever."

   John's favorite thing to do with his brothers? "Wrestle," he says with a mischievous smirk. "As with our other boys, I couldn't imagine not having them. They're just so much a part of our lives," says Marty. Since finding his forever family, John is no longer on medication. He's doing better in school. His speech has improved, and he has made great progress in managing his anger. "Just seeing how he's doing. How well he's growing and how happy he's been since he's been here just makes all the difference in my life," says Mark. Marty adds, "You can just see it when you see them and when they're happy and the light in their eyes you just know you've done the right thing." John explains why he looks so happy. "Because I have my own family, and that's something I've always wanted. I dreamed of it and now my dream came true?" And there is no doubt, John has finally found the Gift of Love. With their arms wrapped around each other, you can hear them exchange three special words. "I love you. I love you, too."

   If you'd like information on adoption or fostering a child, call our Gift of Love hotline. The toll free number is 1-888-kids-275.

Gillian Sheridan, reporting.

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