KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Blue Springs family of four more than doubled pretty much overnight. The parents flew home from Peru Friday with five new children that they had just adopted. And it all started with a simple email with the subject line "We need a mommy and daddy."
A large crowd waited in the Delta Airport Terminal looking for some familiar faces and five new faces. Logan Sterling was especially excited since she hasn't seen her parents or little sister since they left five weeks ago for Peru to go adopt five new brothers and sisters.
"I haven't met them, know the personalities, know who they are," said Logan. "I'm excited about that."
The crowd cheered as the new family arrived: Lauren and Scott Sterling and their two-year-old daughter Laney, with their new family members from 9 to 17 years old: Betsi, Sibila, Joel, Gerson and the oldest Yhonni.
"All these kids lost their parents to tuberculosis about seven years ago," says Scott Sterling.
And they'd been in the orphanage ever since. Yhonni was determined to keep his family together. Two years ago, the Sterlings had a friend who spent time in Peru and met the kids, and he helped them send that now life-changing email.
"The subject line just said 'we want a mommy and daddy' and I thought they're really beautiful, someone with a lot of money should adopt those kids," said Lauren Sterling.
But then Lauren said she ran out of excuses not to do it.
"It more than doubles our family overnight," she said. "We may eat a lot of spaghetti. I will never buy another $100 pair of jeans again, and who cares? If those are my reasons, it's just practicality."
"We went on this crazy journey about two years ago and today is an amazing coming home party," said Scott.
Some 30 people were at this home coming. Friends and family and church members have been supporting the Sterlings emotionally and financially. They helped the family raise $85,000 for the adoptions.
"It's our church and friends way of showing us they love us and care about us," Lauren said, adding that she wanted the kids to see how many people love them.
"We'll be blessed more than they will," said Scott.
Now the family heads home for a delayed Christmas celebration -- their first together as a family and the start of many new memories. Scott said the kids were especially excited to see snow. And perhaps as a coincidence or divine intervention, just as the family left the airport snow flurries fell from the sky.
To read the Sterling family's blog, click here: http://thesterlingscrazystory.blogspot.com.