Tracy and Sherrie Smith are two 30-something sisters who share a home, and almost everything together – including their dreams of becoming moms. And on National Adoption Day last November 18, they did exactly that.
The sisters decided to be moms to not just one or two kids, but to six children. Hence, their house on Fort Worth is a lot noisier than it was.
Talking about why they decided to adopt kids together, Tracy says, “I’m blessed with a lot of really good siblings but Sherrie is my best friend. We do everything together.”
“We’re kind of like, if we enjoy hanging out with each other so much, why not just roll with it, you know,” Sherrie added.
Their decision to adopt also stems from the fact that they also grew up in a blended family of their own – three of their siblings were adopted, and they knew they also want to do the same for other kids.
Together, the sisters agreed to become foster parents to four siblings: 6-year old Aaron, kindergartener Bayla, and 4-year old twins Emma and Olivia.
And then they learned that there were actually six kids – referring to younger siblings 3-year old Franco, and 17-months old Jake. “And they said but nobody will take six. Nobody’s crazy enough for that,” Tracy said.
Tracy and Sherrie were actually crazy enough to do just that. The kids come from a drug-addicted biological mother, while their biological father is in prison. And with more than 14,000 children in foster care in the state of Texas alone, Tarrant County agreed to let the two sisters become joint parents – two moms to keep the six kids together.
The kids now call the two sisters moms. And talking about what it feels like to be one, Tracy said “I can’t tell you how many times Sherrie and I will get a hug from one of them and say, you know what, this right here, this is what we did it for.”
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