Children Are A Gift: Markel, Elijah and Samadrey

TYLER (KYTX) – Three playful and adorable brothers run and chase each other at the Discovery Science Place in Tyler. They are always on the run. "They always want to go in different directions and they love to have their space and just play," said their foster mom, Stacie Giesbrech.

Markel, Elijah and Samadrey are very close and play well together. "They are a set.  They just go together. They are the most constant thing that they've had in their life," explained Christina Autry, their Child Protective Services caseworker.

These brothers have spent the past three years in foster care. In that time, Giesbrech says she has noticed a big change in the boys.  "They used to throw fits and used to be very rough, but now they are starting to feel safe and they are starting to trust and respect me."

 Markel is 7-years-old and full of life. "He loves school," said Autry. This first-grader also loves to laugh and joke around. Plus, it appears he's got talent.

Giesbrech said, "Markel loves to play drums. He'll find sticks anywhere.  He just starts banging on the trash cans, boxes anything he can find and he'll start doing some beats."

Next in line is 6-year-old Elijah. "He's the quiet one. Sometimes he likes to play by himself, but his favorite thing is to throw a football." Autry goes on to say, "He can throw a perfect spiral. He loves to yell ‘Touchdown!' Yeah, he's a great kid."

And the littlest brother is 4-year-old Samadrey. He's very affectionate. "He just likes to be held and cuddled and physical touch is a big thing to him," said Autry.

But Samadrey also likes to let loose and have a good time. "He just loves to be goofy. He just wants to say silly words and laugh be tickled and just have fun and is just really adorable," said Giesbrech.

These boys need parents with a lot of energy, especially a strong, but loving, father who can be a good role model. And because of all the uncertainly in their young lives, they need to know what to expect. Giesbrech said, "Transitions are hard. I always have to prepare them. I have to say in 10 minutes we're going to go do this. OK, in 5 minutes we're going to go do this. In 2 minutes we're going to go here and so they definitely need a lot of preparation and help."

These boys are continuing to grow and their personalities are shining more and more every day. They are expected to flourish even more once they find their forever family. Autry said, "They need a family to just love them and that family will get three amazing boys in return!"

To learn more about Markel, Elijah and Samadrey, join Gillian Sheridan for her "Children are a Gift" report, Tuesday night on CBS 19 ten @ 10. You can also find information on To inquire about an East Texas child waiting to be adopted call 903-533-4109.



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