TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The year was 2002, Mioka and Kelvis of Tyler decided it was time to start a family.
"I decided to adopt because there are kids out there who need homes so we decided to open our home up to a special child."
Then, watching KLTV 7, an answer to prayer.
"There is definitely an instant connection you know, it's just something inside of you it's almost you have a sign from God saying this is the for you. This is the one who belongs in your home."
On August 14, 2002, this adorable little boy named Nicholas became a permanent part of their family.
"He kept us going from day one. He would wake up in the morning playing and singing. He was just a happy child and he is still that way today."
Now 7 years old, Nicholas is a happy healthy boy, with a good appetite.
"Cheeseburger...and fries and ketchup."
A big surprise would mean Nicholas is not an only child.
"Two weeks later after Nicholas had come home permanently, I found out I was pregnant with brother Jackson," said Mioka.
Today their home is filled with the joy of two boys.
"We like to play and jump on the trampolene and let the dog lick us."
"I don't see any difference in them because we had them both at such a young age, he's just another biological child as far as I'm concerned,."
Nicholas and Jackson not only share loving parents, but just about everything else including their bedroom.
And despite a rough start in life, Nicholas is doing great in the first grade.
"School is really fun and outside it's really really fun," Nicholas told us.
"There's no delays, he's perfect. His learning ability is perfect. He's just a wonderful average kid. There's no problems."
Nicholas is also very active in sports, and pretty good at video games, I must say. He enjoys spending time with his dad.
"Sometimes outside we practice football."
And he's adjusting to the time with his Mom.
"My mom likes to go shopping."
It's what makes them a family, bonded with the Gift of Love.
"You really can't explain how adoption touches you, in more ways than one it's just an awesome feeling."
"It's an experience that if you get the opportunity you should do it because it's something that you give a child a home and they give you much more in return you get unconditional love. There's no way to describe all the things you get back in return."
If you'd like to be part of changing a child's life, call our Gift of Love hotline for information on fostering or adopting. The toll-free number is 1-888-KIDS-275.
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:14 AM EDT2013-05-18 04:14:44 GMT
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