Empty nest couple Karen and Tobias Thompson have a full house again.
The Cincinnati, Ohio couple sacrificed their time and opened up their home to adopt two sets of twins on Sept. 9 – biological half siblings who were separated in the foster system, Fox News reports.
Karen Thompson, 55, said caring for Wilnya and William, who are 14, and Shania and Sharleathea, who are 9, has been a challenge. But after raising seven children, she said she and her husband decided that they could be “spreading the love” to the twins, too.
“We had an empty house, an empty nest, and then we ended up with the four,” she told Fox News.
In 2015, Karen said they agreed to taken in William and Wilnya, her nephew and niece, after learning about the troubles in their home.
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Meanwhile, their half siblings, twins Shania and Sharleathea, were placed in foster care and moved from home to home, she said. When the girls came to visit William and Wilnya at the Thompsons, they did not want to leave, Karen remembered.
“They didn’t want to go home, back to the other foster home,” she said.
About a year after William and Wilnya came to live with them, Karen and Tobias agreed to become foster parents for their younger siblings, too, according to the report.
Since then, Karen said the children have been healing and maturing. It has not always been easy, but she said their journey to help the twins is worth it.
“Now that we have our own kids again and are raising them together, it’s a good thing, but it’s a challenge, too,” she said.
On Sept. 9, the Thompsons officially adopted the four siblings, a day that Karen said “was just wonderful.” Now that the twins have a permanent home and family, the Thompsons hope they will progress even more on their journey to healing.
“You can see the difference,” Karen said. “They have been through a lot … This is the light at the end of the tunnel.”