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Jefferson County couple celebrates adoption of four children

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SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – After trying for years to have children of their own, a Jefferson County couple adopts not one, or two, but four siblings.

Four smiling faces, their eyes glowing with happiness as they're adopted into one loving family.

“My husband and I are Christians and we believe that the Lord began to lead us to adoption,” Stephanie Patterson told WDRB News.

A journey that culminated on December 18, 2014, the date Sam and Stephanie Patterson took on new names: Mom and Dad.

“I just was so happy that they were finally ours and that we could put that stamp of Patterson on them and just have that forever family,” said Stephanie.

On Sunday the Patterson's celebrated their new family with friends and relatives at Little Flock Baptist Church in Shepherdsville.

However, getting to that joyous day was not easy. The Patterson's desperately wanted to be parents but struggled with infertility.

“My husband and I had tried for ten years. I knew that we had to choose a different path or I was going to go insane,” said Stephanie.

That's when she knew adoption was the right path.

“I will never forget this, it was a special moment for me personally, but he said I have been ready and waiting for a long time, I've just been waiting on you,” Stephanie recalled of her husband.

The couple originally wanted to adopt two siblings, but when their case worker mentioned four siblings, they couldn't say no.

In October of 2013 the Patterson's became foster parents to Carrie, Carissa, Austin, and Kali.

“The Lord answered that prayer and that we did not search for our children, he chose them for us and brought them to us,” said Stephanie.

That's when their lives changed forever.

“A little insanity, yes. A little bit of chaos,” said Sam Patterson.

But they wouldn't change it for the world.

“It is the most amazing job that I will ever have is to be a parent and a mother to these children,” said Stephanie.

“I love my wife and I want to protect her, but oh my goodness when it comes to these kids, it's like ya know I could take on the world to shield them,” said Sam.

They say officially becoming a family three days ago couldn't have come at a better time.

“This is by far the best Christmas gift we have ever received. Absolutely. It really is,” said Stephanie.

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