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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“It’s an honor to be their mother, they melt my heart.”
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.
Featured photo credit: Lacey Dunkin via littlethings.com