Couple adopts five siblings from foster home so they can spend Christmas as a family
A couple has made the Christmas of five children by fostering them so they can spend the holiday season together as a family.
The heartwarming incident took place in Kentucky, where Whitney and James Meserve began the year by adopting siblings Norah and Sebastian in February. They then ended the year by adopting five more children - Aubrey, Jayda, Preslee, Rylynne, and Addison on December 17.
"Now we get to begin the year with happiness and end the year with happiness," James said.
This 17-year-old wants to be adopted:
"This was what we were supposed to do in life. We were supposed to take on kids and God really has blessed us with these kids," Whitney told GMA, as per Yahoo News.
It was made official at 8:30 am on December 17, and to mark the family's dramatic increase in size, they all wore Christmas jumpers to the courthouse for the occasion.
"[We feel] relieved because we know what's going to happen in the future," Aubrey said.
"It feels great to know that we are in a stable home and we know everyone," Jayda added. "We know where we're going to be at the next day - not changing schools or places."
The large adoption wasn't just celebrated by the family themselves, either, but the entire community. It was live-streamed to the local elementary school, which is where Whitney works, so that it could be enjoyed by students and teachers.
"It takes a village," Whitney, who is unable to have biological children, said.
Whitney had been told that the five children would be split up, but James and Whitney drove to the Department for Community Based Services office to collect the siblings to stop this from happening.
Addressing those who are considering adopting themselves, Whitney said: "There are kids out there that need your help. And if you feel like you can be an ounce of support for them, be that support for them."
"Christmas miracles do happen. It's happened here; it will happen elsewhere," James said.
"It feels like the best gift ever," Jayda said.