They’ll be home for Christmas! That’s what a big brood of kids can say this holiday season, thanks to a couple who just welcomed seven siblings into their family.
Terri and Michael Hawthorn, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, adopted seven brothers and sisters just in time for the holidays. The siblings range in age from 8 to 15 and have been in foster care for nearly three years, according to Fox Carolina.
The proud dad took to Facebook to share the good news of his growing family, writing, “Today it is official, these 7 siblings changed their last name to Hawthorn.”:
In the photos the dad posted to Facebook, you can see that the children are all smiles as they hold a sign that reads, “1,035 days in foster care and today we were adopted!”
Such incredible news, and just in time for the holidays.
The dad also pointed out that they are now a family of 15. Before adding seven more to the mix, the couple also had four biological children (who are grown), as well as an adopted pair of sisters, Yahoo reports.
“Me and Terri have gone from 4 kids to 13, no typos 13, let that sink in,” the dad joked on Facebook.
When they first signed up to be foster parents, they had no intentions of adopting children.
“Our first words were, OK we’ll do it for a couple of years but we will not adopt,” the Terri told THV11. But clearly, they cared for these children enough to make them permanent members of the family.
As you can see in this video from THV11, the children couldn’t be happier to finally have a stable home. “This has been the best Christmas I could ever have, actually knowing I have a mom and dad,” a teary-eyed Kyndal Hawthorn said, addressing her new parents in the video:
And even though it wasn’t their intention to become the parents to 13 kids, the couple says they wouldn’t change a single thing.
“This is a blessing, they are a blessing,” the mom told THV11. “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.”
Wishing a very Merry Christmas to the entire Hawthorn family!