Brothers adopted from South Africa spending first Christmas with forever family

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(December 21, 2015) -- It's a long awaited Christmas miracle that finally came true for a Westfield family. Joel and Lauren Wright started the adoption process for a child from South Africa nearly three years ago.  And now the family is all together with a little more joy Christmas joy than they expected. Not just one child, but three!

The brothers arrived in Indiana in March after the couple traveled to South Africa and spent two months completing the adoption process. Now the past year has been full of first with sons Micah, Asher and Sawyer.

"Last Christmas this time was painful. It was really hard because we were waiting to find out when we would travel to go meet them," said mother, Lauren Wright.

This Christmas the brothers will spend the holiday in their forever home. The Wright family decided to adopt from South Africa. They applied for one to three children ages zero to 10. And in a twist of fate they were blessed with brothers. Four-year-old twins and a three-year-old. A scenario that's typically hard adopt out. Bethany Christian Services worked with the family and says its always their goal to keep families together.

"It just makes you think yeah, okay we're doing the right thing when we say a family like that you know it's a good fit from the very beginning," said Linda Wrestler with Bethany Christian Services.

New dad Joel Wright says he was nervous about the adjustment period and teaching the young boys how to grow into men. He says his main goal is to teach them discernment and their culture.

"The South African culture as much part of their life as we can. Its part of their story and their identity. We also want to teach them just a good world view," said father, Joel Wright.

Day to day life is different for the new Wright party of five. But it's the beginning of a new life and family traditions.

"They're going to remember next year what we did this year so we want to make sure it's really special and just really meaningful because the holidays are such a special time for family and we feel really blessed to have our family all together," said Lauren.

Since coming to Indiana the brothers have started pre-school along with soccer and music lessons. The family hopes to take the boys back to visit South Africa after graduation.

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