Couple adopts 7 siblings in foster care ahead of Christmas

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An Arkansas family, with four adult children of their own, have adopted seven siblings just in time for Christmas. 

Having a full house is nothing new for Terri and Michael Hawthorn, of Hot Springs, who have had over 80 foster kids over the past six years, Daily Mail reports.

At first they said they never wanted to adopt. But they fell in love with siblings Korgen and Haizlee, ages one and three, who they legally adopted in April.   

The couple said they knew they could open their home and hearts to more and adopted a set of seven siblings.

On December 3, the family officially adopted the them. The siblings, ages 8 to 15, were in foster care for nearly three years. 

"My wife finally decided she wanted to have some younger kids in the home instead of teenagers all the time, and I said, 'We’ll do it for a couple of years, but we’re not gonna adopt any, so don’t get that in your mind.' Well, we ate our words there," Michael Hawthorn told Yahoo.

At the courthouse on the big day the children held a sign saying, "1,035 days in foster care and today we're adopted."

"It feels good to actually have a family to wake up to every morning," Kyndal Hawthorn, of the adopted children, said. 

Dawson Hawthorn, the eldest siblings said, "It feels so great knowing we have a family now and won't have to go anywhere else."  

The Hawthorns have known these children for three years and knew early on they wanted to adopt them all.  

"The mom's rights had been terminated over a year ago," Michael said. "They come from a very rough situation. Both parents on drugs. Very unhealthy situation that they were in."

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