A Florida couple who adopted seven children earlier this year is excited to be spending their first Christmas together as a family.
Sofia and DaShoan Olds, who have no biological children, adopted biological siblings Necia, Eric and Erica, Zavian, Dava, Keyon and Gentry in September after seeing the kids’ story on the news earlier this year.
“My wife sends me a Facebook message of a local news story about seven children who needed to find a home for the holidays and she asked me how I liked the idea,” DaShoan Olds told InsideEdition.com. “I said I liked the idea and, 'Let’s see if we can make it happen.’”
That’s when the Olds, who both served overseas in Iraq, inquired about taking the children home with them.
Prior to their adoption, the kids had been living in separate foster homes but really wanted to find a home where they could all live together.
“We took our parenting classes in January. We sponsored them for birthdays, just volunteers at first and then they came to live out our house on June 2,” DaShoan Olds said. “We’re happy. We’re busier than ever, but we’re enjoying every moment, every day.”
The pair had always planned to adopt but thought it would involve just one or two children.
“It was just in the back of our mind, but we didn’t really focus on it then we saw the story and it was just like a light bulb that went off to say like, 'This is for us. This is our time,’ Olds said. “These children need a home, we have a home. It’s time for us to be a blessing and take home these children.”
The couple adopted the seven children officially on Sept. 14. They feel like it was fate.
“It is somewhat easy because it’s like doing something you’re supposed to do. When you find a job that you love, it’s not really work,” Olds said.
The family plans to take a vacation for Christmas so the children can meet the rest of their new family.