(WFLA) — After being in and out of foster care, seven siblings in Arkansas have finally found their forever home, and a family to spend Christmas with, KTHV reported.
Terri and Michael Hawthorn have cared for a number of children since they decided to become foster parents years ago.
“Our first words were, ‘OK, we’ll do it for a couple of years but we will not adopt,’” Terri Hawthorn said.
But Hawthorn toned down that pledge after meeting a set of siblings.
In April the couple adopted Korgen and Haizee, then in December, they adopted their five sisters and brothers. The children had been in foster care for nearly three years.
“It feels good to actually have a family to wake up to every morning,” said Kyndal Hawthorn.
“When I got here I was like, oh my gosh, we get our own beds,” said Layna Hawthorn.
Before they met the Hawthorns, the children sometimes had to go without a bed to sleep in or food to eat, according to the news station.
“The only times we got to eat is when our neighbors would sneak us a bag of chips,” Kyndal said. “We didn’t have a can opener, and they’d give us the cans that we didn’t know how to open. So sometimes we just didn’t eat.”
“It feels so great knowing we have a family now and won’t have to go anywhere else,” said Dawson Hawthorn, the oldest sibling.
Terri Hawthorn calls it a blessing.
“They are a blessing,” she said. “Every day these kids wake up and they are giggling and they are happy, and you see the smiles on their faces, that’s what makes this worth it.”
“This has been the best Christmas I could ever have, actually knowing I have a mom and dad,” Kyndal said.