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Gift of Love: Adoption Day

November is National Adoption Month and in Smith County 17 children were adopted during National Adoption Day.

"One, Two, Three!," the cameras clicked away.

It was a picture perfect moment for brothers Brian and David when their forever family became a reality. Their new mom Jeanette couldn't contain her happiness.

"I'm just excited I never thought I would see this day. I'm just excited," Jeanette Trahan said.

While Jeanette and her husband gained two new family members, they actually gained quite a bit more.

"I've actually have gained four kids with having two in my house and their two sisters and friends in the Campbells. It's a big giant package that we get," Jeanette said.

You see, the Campbells adopted Brian and David's sisters, Veronica and Reyna.

"We adopted last year on National Adoption Day," Maresa Campbell said.

Maresa recalls that day with great joy and emotion.

"There are no words that can express it. It's a very happy thing," Campbell said.

Maresa said she prayed for this day to come for her daughter's siblings and it did. And Jeanette says she's thrilled that the four of them still get to grow up together.

"It's really great that they still get to see their sisters and be a part of their sisters life. That family bond is still there," Maresa said.

It is a bond that both families hope to carry through out their children's lives. It also helps that the two families live in towns close to each other, making family time a top priority.

"It's just like people who marry into other families. Your family just gets extended," Maresa said.

And the children agree!

"It was a good feeling. A new feeling actually," David said.

"It feels good! What ever happened in the past you can just forget about it and start a new life," Veronica said.

For Brian, David, Veronica and Reyna, two families have now become one sharing the Gift of Love.

If you'd like to know more about East Texas children available for adoption call our Gift of Love hotline, toll-free, 1-888-kids-275.

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