Reported By Forrest Sanders
There were cheers, signs and banners, but this was no ordinary New Year's Eve Celebration. It was a homecoming the Hunter family was worried wouldn't happen.
"To be able to think that now we're here on Dec. 31, 2010, and to be a full family is pretty amazing," said new dad Derek Hunter.
There were hugs, kisses and a few firm handshakes as family and friends welcomed 1-year-old Celia and 2-year-old Bennett, both adopted from Russia.
"It's the most amazing way to have a family, both for kids who just want someone to love them and parents that love kids and want to bring them together," said Derek Hunter. "It's perfect."
For the Hunter family, 2010 has been a year full of problems. In April, the Hunter family's adoption plans were put on hold after news broke of Torry Hansen: a Tennessee nurse who adopted a 7-year-old Russian orphan. Hansen sent the child back to Russia with a note stating she no longer wished to parent the child. The Hunter family's adoption was delayed.
"We were on pins and needles for so long because we never knew if Russia was going to say there's no more adoptions," said Derek Hunter.
"With all the hurdles and everything, God was with us every step of the way. It's wonderful. We're just happy to finally be home," said Kathleen Hunter.
The Hunters said there's no better way to bring in 2011.
"Blessed is how I feel," said Derek Hunter. "To have a family that loves and supports us, it's amazing."
He said Celia and Bennett had been living in different orphanages in Russia. The Hunters' adoption director found out the two were siblings, and now, they've been united in Tennessee.
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