A new home for the holidays

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB)- About a month ago, Kristen and David Coffee got an unexpected chance to be parents, again.

“The birth mom contacted us and we prayed about it, we wanted to make sure it was the right thing to do,” David said.

4-year-old Lily was recently adopted from Texas by the Coffee Family in Hamburg.
4-year-old Lily was recently adopted from Texas by the Coffee Family in Hamburg.

“We were like should we? shouldn’t we? And then we both just kind of came to the conclusion at the same time that’s what God was calling us to,” Kristen told News 4.

The Coffees already have four boys, three of them are adopted and have special needs. Their new daughter Lily fits right in, they told us.

The 4-year-old bonded instantly with her big brother Caleb, who Kristen and David said is a big help with his younger siblings.

“When Caleb came home from school, she took off running and just hugged him. She’d never even seen him before,” Caleb told News 4 of the siblings’ first meeting.

Lily, who was adopted from Texas, doesn’t talk. She didn’t receive very much medical attention from her birth mother, so the Coffees aren’t sure if she has hearing loss, autism, or social challenges.

She still has a lot of doctors visits ahead, but the Coffee’s said even in the short time Lily has been with them, she’s come out of her shell a lot.

She now gives high fives to his brothers and kisses to her parents, something she never did when she first arrived.

David admitted he never envisioned this full of a house for himself; both he and Kristen said being a home for children with special needs is just something they were meant to do.

“I’m not going to lie, there are some tough times, you know. But overall, they’re a joy,” said the now dad of five.

Lily can hang with the boys, but Kristen told us it’s nice to be less outnumbered.

“It’s been fun to have a girl. This is a huge change for us to have a little girl in the house.”

This Thanksgiving, they’ve all got something extra to be thankful for, each other.

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