Tears were running down my face when I finished reading. I was reliving the
adoption and sealing of our children. We look different on the outside but
inside we are family, an eternal family. Our social worker knew nothing about
the LDS church so I explained our concept of eternal family. She was especially
impressed that we would have our children sealed to us for time and all
eternity. After 40 years my wife and I are so grateful for adoption and to
their birth mothers.
I have known Lee-Ann my entire life, well at least since my own adoption. I had
tears running down my face as I read this. The girls are blessed, not because
they were taken from the orphanage (although that is great to) but because they
belong to a loving family. Many people would not take 1 extra child with
having 5 of their own but to take an extra 5 (and then added a 6th) is amazing.
As an adoptee it is stories like this that give me hope in the world for
children waiting for families.
What a wonderful article and amazing sacrafice this family have made for these 5
sisters. How could anyone take fault with what they did or their intentions.
This is what families are for - to love and nourish each other. This is what a
mom and a dad can bring to a family unit. Sure there are struggles, probably
even daily issues with adopting 5 girls at the same time. But what joy these
wonderful daughters of God are now experiencing in America and in the Restored
Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I am one of Ruth Luke's best friends and remember when these girls were
brought home. The family was truly an amazing inspiration to everyone in the
community and we all came together to welcome the girls and make sure they felt
at home. The Lukes are a great example of the American family aiming to set a
good example and make a difference in any way they can. I am truly blessed to
have Ruth and the entire family a part of my life!
this family reminds me of a wonderful lds family in arizona. they have done the
same. i know our heavenly father is pleased.
Wow what a wonderful story. We too have adopted many children and
each has a story. Orpahanges are a facinating place to visit. Also many of our
neighbors have adopted children as well as several of our siblings. We have
quite the family picture when we all get together. Wish I knew this
family when they were in AZ. We could have had quite a party with all of their
and our children together. Maybe even a Quorum of 70.Thanks for
sharing. Nice to know of others stories.
What an incredible story. Rarely do you hear of anyone making such sacrifices
What a great story. I sometimes wonder why anybody could fight an adoption that
so drastically changes a child's life for the better. These girls and their
adoptive family are both so lucky.
Great story about some great people doing great things for themselves and some
great kids. Very inspiring!I'm sure the beneficial ripples
from their gallant behavior will go far and wide.
I don't know how you could read this and not cry. This is a beautiful
story. After 7 years of infertility, we've been considering adoption.
Nothing about this jouney is or has been easy. I often wonder how we can keep
doing it, emotionally and financially. This beautiful family make me think that
maybe I am ready to move on from mourning our infertility and into adopting a
new kind of family. Thank you for such a touching and inspiring article! It was
an answer to my prayers.
The article says, "The family of seven nearly doubled in size after the
adoption of five sisters and one young boy from Ukraine." It does mention
early on that they wanted to adopt a boy but that they'd have to wait
several months. Then it doesn't mention him again. Did they adopt a boy
as well?Amazing story.
We live near this family and LOVE them!! I've had the chance to work with
these amazing young women and their sweet spirits inspire me. Those of us that
live nearby are truly blessed to be in their presence! Thank you, LeAnn and
Dave for opening your hearts and your homes to these children - and for bringing
them to our neighborhood.
What a delightful and uplifting story...those children are very blessed and hope
as they get a little older they will realize the sanctity of a Family Forever.
Wow! What an incredibly inspiring story and family. Just imagine me giving you
all a huge hug. Thank you, Luke family, for being the kind of people you are and
giving me a wonderful, feel good moment in my day. I, like the others who
commented, have tears running down my cheeks because when one (or five, or six)
of us is loved, we all are loved. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Thank you for your wonderful comments. Not everyone thinks what we did was a
good idea or even sane. Our hope in doing this article was to inspire those who
are thinking about adoption to have the faith to move forward. Like it has been
said " I didn't say it would be easy, I only said it would be worth
it." We did adopt a boy as well and they will be running that story soon.
This is the only news story I recall reading without any negative comments! May
God bless this sweet family; you are such an inspiration!
@proudmomof11Thanks for answering the question. What a lucky
(blessed) boy to be a part of your family. I look forward to reading that story
as well. The decision to have children is between you and your husband and the
Lord--it's no one's business but your own. I'm sorry that people
have evidently felt the need to work themselves into that equation by telling
you it wasn't a good idea. Hooray for you guys for doing what you feel is
It's so wonderful when people sacrifice to allow more children to join
their family, whether biologically or thru adoption. The stories that seem to
make headlines are the 'horror stories', when there are just as many
people who jump thru similar hoops (infertility, domestic adoption, etc.) to add
their children. Hats off to all parents who choose to sacrifice their
lifestyle, etc to have a positive impact on another person's life.Anyone who has been considering adoption should stop just thinking about it
& actually move forward to see if it's right for them. I see so many
families who could adopt, but they feel inadequate or afraid of the unknown.
Where there's a will, there's a way. There are so many children in
our area, as well as out-of-state or out of the country, who have been waiting
for a family who will finally claim them.- Mom to 3 bio & 5 adopted