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10/11/06 - East Texas

Gift of Love: David & Gabrial Receive The Gift Of Love

As people gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, they are reminded of the things for which they are thankful. One East Texas family in particular is especially thankful this year after receiving two blessings. Here's their story in KLTV 7's Gift of Love report.

Tony and Amy Jackson have a heart for children. They have three biological daughters but say it was a calling to become foster parents as well.

"It's just been a joy to me to see how the Lord has worked this out because we were not trying to have more children we were content with our 3 girls," says Amy.

Their small home near Winnsboro quickly filled when they received two brothers, Gabrial and David; both tested positive for drugs at birth.

"At first, like everyone else, we had some fear and concern about that and we learned that it really isn't a problem. Even if there were a problem, they are still children that need to be loved and cared for," says Tony.

Gabrial and David quickly bonded with Tony, Amy and their three daughters.

"When they first came, Daddy held out his arms and Davey came and hugged him," says nine year old Lindy.

Her older sister Ruthie adds, "It's been very wonderful. I don't know what we would do without them. They're so sweet and we really love them."

David and Gabrial had become a part of their family. Amy says, "They only knew us as mommy and daddy and the thought of giving them up at that point was just unthinkable to us. They were like our children already."

Tony says, "Love is an act of the will and we've always felt that way that if the Lord ever brought this type of a situation into our life that we would be very blessed to be able to give our lives to them."

So, two weeks ago on National Adoption Day in Gregg County, they made David and Gabrial a permanent part the Jackson family.

"I love my new brothers," says four year old Annie.

"Just caring for them and loving them and knowing that they love us and we've given them a home. It's really wonderful," says 12 year old Ruthie.

"We have that privilege of raising them up in the way that we believe is right to give them a home with love and our faith and so we believe that is the greatest Gift of Love that we could give," explains Tony.

And it's a gift they may give again.  With a smile and a glance at her husband Amy says, "There's one more seat open in the van."

They say the only one who knows for sure, is the one who brought them Gabrial and David, an answer to prayer.

That last seat may be filled sooner than they think. They just received a two week old baby boy, also removed because of drugs. In fact, he is a brother to Gabrial and David.

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

Gillian Sheridan reporting.

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