A family's first Christmas | News
TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. -- The sound of opening presents on Christmas is a lot louder when you have four boys between the ages of 8 and 14. But that noise screams success for a family that spent its first Christmas together on Sunday.
"I was hoping that the boys would feel at home, like they have a home forever and this is just the beginning for them," says mother Tammy Dunne.
Last Christmas, Gaylen, Trisden, Aaron, and John were four brothers in foster care.
"They were separated," Tammy says. "They didn't live together and they were about to separate them permanently and adopt them out because it would be easier to adopt them out separately than all together."
Tammy and her husband, Chris, knew that meant the boys may never see each other again.
"When we saw the four boys, it was 'maybe that might be a lot,'" Tammy says.
Chris recalls, "Tammy poked her head out the door and said, 'How about four?'"
Being able to adopt all four boys holds personal meaning for them. Chris was adopted as a child and Tammy was in foster care.
"They deserve to be together and grow up together and have that chance to stay together as a family," Tammy says.
The Dunnes also have two daughters who are in college, but they knew they wanted to make their family bigger. The adoption was made official just last month, giving the boys a lot of presents - and a mom and dad.
"They gave me good privileges and they're good parents," says 8-year-old John.
He and his brothers say they love the gifts they got this Christmas, and they like the feeling of spending the holiday with their new family.
12-year-old Trisden says his favorite part is "actually having family instead of people I didn't know."
So, Christmas at the Dunnes may be noisy, but that's just the sound of family.
"They love having the big family and, every year, I want to give them the family," Tammy says.