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Young Woman Adopts 6 Sisters To Keep Them Unseparated, No Matter What It Takes

Young Woman Adopts 6 Sisters To Keep Them Unseparated, No Matter What It Takes

Motherhood was always something Lacey Dunkin could see in her future, having a child in her life was her ultimate idea of happiness.

So it was in 2011 when Lacey decided to become an adoptive mother – a decision that would change her life forever.

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    The Family She Always Wanted

    Not long after her certification came through to legally adopt, Lacey received a phone call asking if she would be willing to foster four children – but not just any four children – they were all sisters.

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    Knowing the importance of keeping siblings together for the sake of family ties, bonds and sisterly love, Lacey gladly agreed to take in the four girls to create a stable and loving environment for all of them, together with Lacey’s own parents.

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      A Temporary Goodbye

      The incredible journey didn’t end there. After nine months of creating motherly bonds with the four girls, the sister’s birth mother regained custody including another sister – a newborn that had been looked after by another family.

      It was after they were parted from each other and feeling the big hole left by her foster daughters, that Lacey received a phone call from the birth mother herself.

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        A Surprise Twist

        The birth mother had been struggling to bring up her daughters and decided she wanted what was best for the girls – this meant asking Lacey, knowing how much the girls adored her, to adopt all four of them including the little newborn.

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          An Extra Person To Love

          Lacey said yes in a heartbeat knowing how much she loved and missed the girls welcoming their youngest sister to the new family.

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          It was to be a year-long adoption process that wasn’t short of yet another surprise – the birth mother contacted her to say she was pregnant with another baby girl and asked if she would be willing to adopt her too.

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            A New Life Full Of Happiness

            Without hesitation, and knowing the importance of keeping all the sisters together, Lacey agreed. Despite the unusual request and the impending growth of her family, Lacey was happy to have her own big family of happy and healthy children.

            “They bring me so much joy and chaos, but life would be so empty and bland and boring without them,” explained Lacey.

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            “It’s an honor to be their mother, they melt my heart.”

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              An Unusual Set-Up But An Amazingly Happy Ending

              Despite the unorthodox process, Lacey and her family are truly happy with the outcome and three years on, are living a life together – six girls with a mother who was prepared to take them on and love them as her very own.

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                Featured photo credit: Lacey Dunkin via littlethings.com

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                Last Updated on January 21, 2020

                How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

                How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

                If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

                Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

                So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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                1. Listen

                Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

                2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

                Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

                “Why do you want to do that?”

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                “What makes you so excited about it?”

                “How long has that been your dream?”

                You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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                3. Encourage

                This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

                4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

                After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

                5. Dream

                This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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                6. Ask How You Can Help

                Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

                7. Follow Up

                Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

                Final Thoughts

                By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

                Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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