TYLER (KYTX) – It was December, 2010 when we first introduced you to Misty on CBS 19's "Children are a Gift" report. She was 11-years-old at the time and told us her one Christmas wish was to find a family who would take care of her and make her feel safe.
Now, after 6 years in foster care, that wish has come true. I met with her and her new family and she was quick to tell me, "I got adopted!"
Those are words Misty has waited years to say. "I'm going to grow up in a big house with a lot of stuff and know how to treat my kids," she said with a smile.
She is enjoying every minute with her new parents, Bryan and Beth Burton. "They are great because they love me."
Years ago, this East Texas couple wasn't sure they would even have a family. "We decided to have biological children but didn't and couldn't, so we decided to adopt," explained Bryan.
Beth added, "It's just the way God's built our family. So we love it!"
They had already adopted three boys when Misty was placed in their home as a foster child. It was only supposed to be a temporary placement.
"She's a tough kid. She comes from just a very horrific background and so she's got a lot of stuff going on," said Beth.
Under all the hurt, was a sweet girl who needed to valued and loved. The Burtons helped her through it with unconditional love.
"I changed my attitude," said Misty, now 14-years-old.
"I've seen less and less outbursts and anger and all those things since she has been with us," said Bryan.
When the day came that Misty was to leave, the Burtons couldn't let her go. "We had just got done praying and I was going to my room and God told me that I should tell my family that we should adopt Misty," explained their 11-year-old son Trevor.
"I was completely blown away," exclaimed Beth. She was blown away, because Beth had been praying about adopting Misty but hadn't said anything to her children, and Bryan felt the same way.
"I just fell in love with her and I said we've got to adopt her," said Bryan.
And life has never been the same since. "Once you adopt one of these kids from hard places nothing is the same, but that's OK. because it's better." Beth goes on to say, "My boys are learning things I could have only hoped they would have learned later in life like compassion, kindness and how to love the unlovely. How to be patient and embrace someone who's different."
And now the Burton's couldn't imagine life without Misty. "Cause she's awesome," said Trevor. "She's always smiling and she means a lot to me. Without her, I wouldn't feel like we had a whole family."
Looking at her new daughter Beth says, "We are blessed to have her!"
And Misty feels blessed to finally have a family. "They mean a whole lot to me.
They mean great parents to me. I love y'all!"
A young life changed forever, thanks to open minds and loving hearts. Bryan said, "Adoption is great. It's a great, great thing."
To learn more about Misty's story, join Gillian Sheridan for her "Children are a Gift" report, Tuesday night on CBS 19 Ten @ 10. You can also find information on www.cbs19.tv. To inquire about an East Texas child waiting to be adopted call 903-533-4242.