It is a story worthy of its own reality TV show set in a cozy three-bedroom home in Bethany.
On Nov. 26, Amy and Brandon Paulson became the adoptive parents of six children, all of whom are siblings. But it's no publicity stunt, just the final stage of a long process in starting a family.
“We fell in love with these kids,” Amy Paulson said. “And now they're ours.”
Tuesday night, the family was invited to help light the Christmas tree at the state Capitol with Gov. Mary Fallin, who called the Paulsons an “inspiration” for taking on the role as adoptive parents.
It was a ceremony that highlighted a remarkable holiday season for the family.
“You can just sense something special in the air,” Brandon Paulson said. “I can look at every one of these kids now and know they're not going anywhere.”
Amy and Brandon met as Hobby Lobby warehouse co-workers in southwest Oklahoma City in the late 1990s and married after just three months of dating. Amy said she always wanted a big family, dreaming of life as stay-at-home mom with a house full of kids.
But after 10 years of trying and failed fertility medicine trials, the couple opted into a role as foster parents. They took in three boys in 2009 for a full year, coming close to adoption before the boys' biological parents' regained custody.
It wasn't until January 2011 that their true family began to form. First came the girl siblings — Shyla, 12; Abeni, 11; and Caroline, 7. The oldest, Kyaira, 15, arrived the following April.
‘It was my turn'
Brandon admits Amy did most of the heavy lifting early on, but that changed when the brothers Daniel, 14, and Harvey, 9, moved in on Christmas Day 2012.