Roanoke family selling home to adopt children - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Roanoke family selling home to adopt children

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ROANOKE, VA - A Roanoke family is putting their home up for sale by owner to raise money to adopt more children. 

Lauren and Steven Siler adopted their 7-year old daughter Tigist from Ethiopia in November 2013. She enjoys riding a bike, finished kindergarten home school classes and is constantly smiling.

"She is one of the biggest reasons that we decided to adopt again so quickly. She remembers what it was like in Ethiopia and she knows there are still children waiting for families. She used to be one of them," said Lauren Siler.

The little girl has gone through a lot in her first six years. Her biological parents died, she is HIV positive and was the size of a 4-year old from being extremely malnourished when the Siler's first met her last year. 

"She has brought so much joy and life to our family. We really can't imagine our lives without her. God has given us a heart for adoption," said Lauren Siler in her blog. 

"We didn't want adoption to be plan b" said Steven Siler who says the couple hasn't tried to have biological children. "We wanted to put her first." 

The Silers have been approved to adopt up to three more children. This time they will be adopting from the Congo. The process is expensive. They have to come up with $53,000 which is why they are selling their southwest Roanoke home, what they say is their biggest expense. Instead, the couple will rent a home.

"It's not the possessions, it's not the material things that makes life what it is or brings us joy. It's being a family and being able to grow our family so it's definitely worth it and there's nothing we wouldn't do to bring more kids home," said Steven Siler who already downsized his vehicle to help with expenses.

"For us I think she's made a bigger difference in our lives. She's brought so much joy in life into our family. She's been through so much heartache and to see her come out of that with still so much joy and so much hope has been really inspiring for us," said Steven Siler.

You can also visit the Siler's blog or their fundraising page to read more about their story. You can email Lauren for more information about the house: laurenrsiler@yahoo.com
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