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Gift of Love: Sibling Group Reunited In Adoption

As many people prepare for the holidays, they think about all the things for which they are thankful. For one local family, the blessings just keep coming. About a month ago, they adopted two brothers, but in the coming weeks something would happen that would change their lives again. Here's their story in KLTV 7'S Gift of Love report.

Diana and Carl have a heart for children. It's why they became foster parents. "I have a little thing I embroidered that says, 'My day is complete. I have heard a child laugh.' And that's really true. I love them," says Diana.

In October, this East Texas couple made two foster children a permanent part of their family. I asked Cody. "Do you love your new mom and dad?" He replied, "Yes, cause they're nice." Michael told me, "I liked getting adopted cause I wanted to change my name to Michael and I got to."

Little did Carl and Diana know, their joy was just beginning. Recently on KLTV 7's Gift of Love report, they discovered Cody and Michael had four other siblings. Carl said, "I couldn't bear the thought of them not being able to grow up together." Diana adds, "It just breaks your heart."

This loving couple went to work trying to reunite these siblings. First, they brought them together for a visit, but it would turn out to be more than just a visit. "Bonnie came and asked if we would adopt, and how do you say no," explains Diana.

I asked Bonnie why she asked the question, "I don't want to be separated from my brothers cause I want to grow up with my brothers."

Carl says, "God didn't intend it that way and man has sure messed it up and so we just want to try to make things right for them."

Diana and Carl are now planning to adopt all six siblings. "Just the love that's there cause they all just love and they want to be loved and have a forever home. It's neat to watch them together," says Diana.

These children share a strong bond. "It's important for us to stay together," says Jacob. Looking at Bonnie, Hannah says, "I love you Bonnie."

Diana says, "God gave us a great big house and filled it up with children." And she's not kidding when she says "filled it up." She goes on to say, "Cause we have grown children. So, now we have 11 children. That's huge."

"It's loud in the house with all those people, but I don't mind as long as we're together," says Jacob.

They say when one door is closed another opens. For these siblings, many doors have now been opened affording them opportunities they had only dreamed about. And their wish for a forever family has already come true. Carl says, "You know, it's kind of like a fish. It never questions the water cause it's there and my kids never question my love cause they know it's there."

Carl and Diana tell me they may not be done adding to their family. They are fostering a six month old baby right now and they are considering adoption again.

Gillian Sheridan reporting.


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