"And although they were already busy with two kids -- Scott's 17-year-old daughter from a previous marriage and their 15-month-old girl -- one night. Lauren couldn’t fight the nagging feelings anymore.
“ 'Somebody’s got to do it, and why can’t it be us?' Lauren, 30, said to her husband."
“So we eat spaghetti a lot if we have to," she said. "So I don’t buy expensive jeans. Those are dumb reasons to not take these kids in.”
“It’s about people seeing that it’s possible -- that, one, adopting older kids isn’t as scary as everybody thinks it is, and two, that doing what God asks even when it seems crazy is worth it.”
"And they began thinking of them as part of their family. That bond was crucial as the family began navigating the long, expensive and at times emotionally draining process of international adoption.
“ 'We got told 'no' a lot of times, and by then we were already crazy about these kids, so it was a rough part of the story,' Lauren Sterling recalled. 'And you had to keep trusting that we were fighting for something that you knew was yours to fight for.' "
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