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Area family celebrates first Christmas with three new members


Amery (WQOW) - An area family has a lot to be thankful for, as this Christmas is the first they will have with the three newest members of their family.

The sights and sounds of Christmas are ringing through the Deleon family home this holiday season, those sights and sounds, are much different than last year.

"We figured, you know, we can make a difference in somebody's life. And it started off as being one and then just kind of turned into three," says Chris Deleon. 

Chris and Hailey Deleon's family of four has grown to seven. Trinity (5), Tristan (3), and Tannor (1) are the newest members. 

They are in the process of adopting the three children, a sibling group. After three years of waiting to adopt, this past summer they finally heard from the adoption agency. 

Hailey says, "It was quiet, it was getting lonely because the kids were going out with their friends all the time and school activities and sports. And so, we wanted that noise again."

Before making the life changing decision, they included their oldest children, Madison (11) and Austin (10). 

"We talked to them about it and they were super excited, and so we began the process. We thought it was going to happen a lot sooner than it did."

Adoption is something Chris and Hailey are familiar with, because both of them were adopted by their stepfathers.  

"I was used to a huge family, so to me this is like growing up. The way I was growing up, it was loud," says Hailey.   

Even though it's been an adjustment, Chris says, "They've let loose, you can tell they feel comfortable, they relax and they realize this is their home. And that they're not going anywhere."

And the greatest gift, Hailey says, "Just being able to watch their faces, open up the presents. They're so excited. We hear from Trinity all the time already, I love my new family. She says that every day."  

Hailey and Chris encourage families who are thinking about adopting to look into sibling groups.

Chris says, "It's incredibly difficult, especially older kids, teenager in particular, very difficult to find homes for. A lot of them never find home so that's, the older they are, the harder it is."

When asked if their family finally feels complete, Hailey laughed and said, "I think so."

The family says the adoption process should be complete by February. 

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