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2/17/03

Gift Of Love: East Texas Brothers Find the Gift of Love

Jason and his younger brother Thad enjoy playing outside, especially now that they share a forever family. "It's great having love and having a better home," says Jason. Thad joins in saying, "They love us very much."

Just over a year ago, Richard and Kathy brought these brothers into their East Texas home, giving them the love they've never had. Richard says, "I was attached to them right off the bat. I knew they were our kids." Kathy shakes her head in agreement adding, "To get two children that needed us and we needed them, just to become a family and watch them grow, it's what every mother wants."

These brothers, ages 11 and 9, were removed from their home several years ago because of severe abuse. They moved from place to place. Jason talks about the first time they met Richard and Kathy. "I thought, this is going to be my family. At least, I hope it is. We've just been waiting so long, me and my brother." Finally, in November of 2001, their wait was over. And after losing so much in their young lives, these brothers are just grateful they're still together. "It felt great because I never wanted to lose him," says Jason with a somber face. These boys finally have consistency and stability in their lives, improving their self esteem. For once, they feel like "normal" boys. Thad says, "How they took care of us and the animals they gave us like our fish and the cats making me happy." Richard is a man of few words, until it comes to his boys. "These guys have just been a really big blessing. It hasn't all been really easy, there's been some challenge to it, but it's the most rewarding thing I've ever done."

Because of their past, Jason and Thad were unsure about their future and their new parents. They wanted to see if their love really was unconditional. "You don't give up on your children you do what you need to do to help them and make sure they're healthy and safe," says Kathy. Over time, that unconditional love proved it's worth. Thad explains how it has changed him, "In my behavior, because before I came here I was wild and I just never wanted to stop playing. Sometimes now I'm calming down, like I wasn't before I came here." Jason says he has also changed adding, "I'm starting to trust them now and I'm starting to work harder in school." Both boys are now doing better in school, making the "A" honor roll. They're both enrolled in karate, bringing home first place wards. They are continuing their therapy, making great progress with their behavior. "To look at where we were a year and a half ago and look at where we are today, I think it's mind blowing to everyone who knows these guys and us." Kathy goes on to say, "Through a lot of prayer and guidance, I hope that at this time next year we'll be even that much better."

Everyone knows there is still work ahead, but these boys are learning there is nothing greater than the Gift of Love. "We tell them every day how much we love them and how proud we are of them and how glad we are they're here with us. We just couldn't ask for better boys, they're such good boys," says Kathy. Richard feels the same saying, "I thank God everyday they live in our home and they're our sons and I'm just really grateful." These brothers finally found their forever family and the love they have been missing in their lives. Jason says, "I love them very much and I don't know what we would do without them."

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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