Terri and Michael Hawthorn live in Hot Springs, Arkansas. This Christmas season, they adopted seven brothers and sisters who were in foster care for about three years. Dawson, 15, Kyndal, 11, Lacey, 10, Layna, 10, Addiley, 9, Arria, 9 and Nixson, 8, went home with the Hawthorns in the first week of this December.
The Hawthorns have four children of their own – Ryan, 32, Blake, 28, Jordan, 25 and Micah, 20, and two other adopted children – Korgan, 3 and Haizlee, 1. They now have thirteen children in total.
Michael shared this joy of his on Facebook saying, “Today it is official, these 7 siblings changed their last name to Hawthorn.”
The photographs in the Facebook post have all smiles and the children holding a sign that reads, “1,035 days in foster care and today we were adopted!”
Today it is official, these 7 siblings changed their last name to Hawthorn. Many prayers for these kids over the last 2…
What a way to kick start the joy and warmth of family and the season of Christmas!
“Me and Terri have gone from 4 kids to 13, no typos 13, let that sink in,” Michael wrote humorously on Facebook.
“It’s never boring,” dad Michael Hawthorn told “Good Morning America.” “There’s a lot of laughs, a lot of playing and at times there’s chaos but it’s a good chaos.”
The seven new Hawthorn children have put together a video on their YouTube channel and have titled it “Happily Ever Hawthorn”.
“This has been the best Christmas I could ever have, actually knowing I have a mom and dad,” a teary-eyed Kyndal Hawthorn said, thanking her new parents in the video.
Micah Hawthorn, Terri and Michael’s biological daughter, spoke to GMA and shared that for now she wants to give up her desire for acting and help out with her new siblings. “For me, it was the obvious choice,” Micah said. “We were putting up the Christmas tree and they are so excited about every little thing; things I took for granted growing up. They’ve never had wrapped Christmas presents. It really opened my eyes.”
“I love them all very much”, she added.
Michael shared that the family hopes that after hearing about their story and watching their video, more people will rise to help homeless children and open their hearts and homes to make the world a better place for them.
“This is a blessing, they are a blessing,” Terri 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.”
Such an inspiring story!