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They Came To Stay: The Adoption Chronicles.
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Saturday, May 03, 2008

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A couple welcomes three little boys into their family. They discover the joys of parenthood all over again.

We never dreamed we'd become parents again, especially since our own five children have flown the coop, living on their own.

We have five children, all in their twenties.  Some have children of their own, making us instant grandparents. 

Thought we were done with childrearing, but we adopted three little boys from Alaska.  They are Native Alaskan children, who were in desperate need of a home/family situation.  They are younger than some of our grandchildren.

We couldn't be any happier than we are right now.

Our three newest sons are brothers, ages seven, four, and two.  Their names are Kiawak, Tudliq, and Kakak.  They are adorable with their broad, dark-tanned faces, stick-straight, thick hair of blue-black, and uptilted eyes that seem to disappear whenever they laugh, smile, or cry.

Our sons have been with us for about six months now; life with them has been nothing but an ongoing adventure.  We had to learn some basic Inuktitut in order to communicate with them; they've since learned some English, which has been easier on all of us.  Inuktitut is a very hard language to learn, as we have found out.

Our five grown children have fallen in love with their new little brothers; they are their best friends.  They spend as much time with them whenever they're in town.  The grandchildren love their little cousins as though they've known them all their lives; their dark skin, hair, and funny-shaped eyes don't bother them in the least. 

I didn't think we would ever get used to having small children around our house (other than our grandchildren, of course).  It's gotten to the point where their tears, tantrums, toys scattered all over hell and creation, and endless questions are second hat to us.  We enjoy each moment with our new sons, both good and bad.

We wouldn't have it any other way.

We've decided to keep their names as is to pay tribute to their Native heritage; they have American-sounding middle names.  Kiawak's middle name is Johnathon, while Tudlik's middle name is Wayne.  As for Kakak, his middle name is Raymond.  We both decided this was best for our boys.

Maybe down the road we will tell them about their Inuk heritage (what we've learned, that is), explain to them why they were adopted (their parents were killed in an accident over a year ago; the younger two really don't remember their parents, but Kiawak misses his parents terribly; he cries sometimes), and why we took them in as our own. 

I guess we were missing our grandchildren, having small children around our house, so we decided to try adoption.  We haven't regretted it for a moment.

They're our boys, and we are tickled pink they are!

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Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 5/4/2008
Such a happy story, Karen! How warm the feeling of the parents who adopt, at any age.
Hugs and Love ~~ Micke
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 5/4/2008
What a delightful stroy and how thoughful to keep their names...a beautiful and loving start to parenthood...
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 5/4/2008
Such a heart warming new series, I am sure they all have many great adventures ahead for them...
peace and love, Carole~
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 5/4/2008
Open home, open arms, open heart--all characteristics of loving folks who adopt children. Wonderful story.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 5/4/2008
We couldn't be any happier than we are right now.

And who could ask for anything better than that?
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 5/4/2008
Giving a home to a child that has none, is like open your heart to a flow of love.

Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 5/3/2008
It must be difficult to raise more children through adoption. But these children and thier parents are in a win-win situation, with the common denominator being love. Lovely, Karen
Reviewed by Ingeborg von Finsterwalde 5/3/2008
What a heartwarming story. There is nothing more precious then three little children finding a loving home where they are wanted. Great Karen...

Reviewed by Cryssa C 5/3/2008
I know many families who are raising a second family through adoption... they are fabulous parents!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/3/2008

Three little boys will make their parents "young" again. :) They will grow up, loved and cared for. That's what's most important. :) Well written!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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