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08/19/02 - Tyler

Gift of Love: An Instant Family

Raising a family requires a lot of time and money, not to mention planning. Others may say it takes patience, understanding and a lot of prayer. But perhaps one of the most important resources in raising a family, is love. One East Texas family knows that first hand. It all started when Chris and Kim decided to become foster parents. To protect the children, we will only use first names in this story. "There are kids out there that need somebody and that was always our goal to offer ourselves," says Kim. One by one, they took in children; neglected and not loved. "We fell instantly in love with them," says Chris. They opened their home to five children; Brett 11 years old, Chelsea 7, 3 year old Mariah, 2 1/2 year old Trevor and little Benjamin just 1 1/2. "It was like these are our children already and in our minds they were, and in our hearts and that's the main thing," explains Chris. Kim and Chris had been married 15 years. They had no biological children, but they wanted a family. So, they started praying explains Chris. "We knew if these were going to be our children it was going to be through his will, cause we pray that it wouldn't be our will, but his will be done." Less than two months ago, their prayers were answered. On June 26th, they adopted all five children. "I praised the Lord that we got adopted," says Brett with a big smile. His sister Chelsea says, "Whenever I came here, I knew they loved us and they knew they were going to get us. I knew we were going to have a perfect family." Chris and Kim were relieved to finally be a family. "It's just an awesome kind of feeling," says Kim. But they soon learned that parenting five children would be a challenge. "It's crazy and wild."  Kim goes on to say, "Of course it also hit me, what in the world have I done. You know the responsibility of college for five kids and just their welfare, but I wouldn't give it up for anything." Although there are five extra mouths to feed, this East Texas couple doesn't see it has a financial burden, but rather a privilege to be able to help children. "You look at kids and to me their blessings. They're a gift in the first place and when we received that gift we have the responsibility of raising them and providing for them." Chris adds, "God, worked everything out as far as laying out the plans for these kids and for these kids to be part of our family." And these children are all grateful for the Gift of Love. Chelsea sums it up, "I love you and I never want to leave you."

 If you'd like to know more about how to become a foster or adoptive parent, call our Gift of Love hotline. The toll free number is 1-888-kids-275. 

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