Despite what you see on TV or in movies, no one on this planet has the picture-perfect family.
Whether you have a half dozen brothers and sisters or you’re an only child, your family has probably had its fair share of hiccups. While some people aren’t exactly close to their biological families, they find comfort and solace in friends and other people in their life that create a different type of family bond. When there’s a real bond between someone, it isn’t something that needs to be defined. Nannette and Vern Garrett know a thing or two about that.
Nannette and Vern were already the proud parents of six healthy children, but despite having the family they had always dreamed of, they both felt like something was missing in their lives.
As the couple began looking into adoption, Nanette had a dream that led her and her husband to make the journey to Ukraine to visit the National Adoption Center. They wanted to adopt a child that hadn’t had the best of lives and give them a second chance at having a happy family.
Nannette and Vern spent hours rummaging through photographs of kids waiting to be adopted, but one image stood out from all the rest. While most of the children in the photos were smiling, one little girl with a bow in her hair had a somber look that really spoke to the hardships she had endured.
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The couple eventually flew off to the orphanage where the little girl was living and began the adoption process. The girl, Emily, instantly formed a connection with her would-be parents. Unknown to the Garretts, while Emily was joining a new family, she was leaving behind a close family member who was like a mother to her.
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