A Brenham Family Accepts Two New Family Members

By: Carly Kennelly
By: Carly Kennelly

It's the best present one Brenham family could have ever asked for. Last year, the Lawhon family was waiting to go to Kazakhstan to pick up a child that needed a home. But, to everyone's surprise, Mr. and Mrs. Lawhon came home with two.

"For Christmas what we would really like is to have little Danyar home," said Marcus Lawhon over a year ago.

Marcus and Wendy Lawhon wished for a Christmas miracle in 2003. They wanted to have their newly adopted Russian son, Danyar in their arms, but adoption papers weren't ready.

A lot has changed in a year. The Lawhons spent 6 weeks in Kazakhstan, swamped with paper work. Just three weeks ago, 9-year-old Danyar finally came home and his new name is Ethan.

"This is the good stuff, this is the stuff we've been waiting for for a long time, so we're glad to finally be a part of what we set out to do in the first place, have a family," said Marcus.

While there are some language barriers, Ethan is making himself at home. He has a new sister and two brothers, all biological children of Wendy and Marcus. And not to forget his second sister Anna, who the Lawhons decided to adopt while in Kazakhstan.

<"It's good it's good, diapers weren't something I expected to do again or baby food and we never did formula. I don't even know how much she's supposed to eat, so we're still learning.">

Before Ethan and Anna's arrival, 8-year-old Sam was planning his new brother's welcome.

"Show him that he's welcome here and tell him that he can stay as long as he wants," Sam said in 2003.

The children get along great. Ethan will never forget his first nine years in Kazakstan, but nothing will top the love and family he has now and for the rest of his life.


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