Mormon family nearly doubles in size: 5 adopted sisters from Ukraine

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  • alimay Riverton, UT
    June 30, 2013 12:43 a.m.

    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 cuties

  • Pale Bear Orem, UT
    June 28, 2013 10:55 p.m.


    Thanks 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 right!

  • Mrs TAP Bountiful, UT
    June 28, 2013 5:15 p.m.

    This is the only news story I recall reading without any negative comments! May God bless this sweet family; you are such an inspiration!

  • proudmomof11 herriman, UT
    June 28, 2013 12:50 p.m.

    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.

  • abrielsdad Orem, UT
    June 28, 2013 11:26 a.m.

    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.

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    June 28, 2013 11:20 a.m.

    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.

  • gardenut5 Herriman, UT
    June 28, 2013 10:15 a.m.

    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.

  • Pale Bear Orem, UT
    June 28, 2013 9:37 a.m.

    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.

  • JaeDL West Valley City, UT
    June 28, 2013 9:26 a.m.

    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.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    June 28, 2013 8:51 a.m.

    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.

  • Rustymommy Clovis, NM
    June 28, 2013 8:44 a.m.

    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.

  • mountain man Salt Lake City, UT
    June 28, 2013 2:30 a.m.

    What an incredible story. Rarely do you hear of anyone making such sacrifices for others.

  • AZ Blue & Red Gilbert, AZ
    June 27, 2013 6:53 p.m.

    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.

  • djk blue springs, MO
    June 27, 2013 6:34 p.m.

    this family reminds me of a wonderful lds family in arizona. they have done the same. i know our heavenly father is pleased.

  • TarynRaine Maricopa, AZ
    June 27, 2013 2:42 p.m.

    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!

  • IdahoMother Grace, ID
    June 27, 2013 1:13 p.m.

    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.

  • robbiesmomma Edmonton, 00
    June 27, 2013 1:12 p.m.

    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.

  • timpClimber Provo, UT
    June 27, 2013 11:09 a.m.

    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.