Adopted son's request inspires family to create Christmas Milk

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by CHRIS HAWES

WFAA

Posted on December 9, 2011 at 12:34 AM

Updated Saturday, Dec 10 at 1:18 AM

Shane and Heidi Fausel adopted Joey out of state foster care in December of 2008.

"When we dropped him back off at the foster home, he had never seen a navigation system in a car, and he asked what it did and we told him," Heidi said. "And he said, 'So will you be able to find me again?' And we said yes."

Soon, the little boy came to his new parents with a request.

"He kept asking for a drink he had had in foster care, and I kept giving him all different kinds of drinks," Shane said.

"We would ask him, 'Is it juice?'" Heidi said. "And none of them were the right one."

Finally Christmas came around.

"I gave him eggnog, and he said, 'Dad, Dad, that's it! It's Christmas milk,'" Shane said.

A few months later, Heidi lost her job, and the couple remembered Christmas milk.

They took a chance. They called a dairy and created an eggnog.

"Nothing else tastes like it," Heidi said. "It tastes like melted vanilla ice cream."

Two years and dozens of pitches later, they got their first break. Kroger agreed to carry the Christmas Milk eggnog.

"I made a fool of myself," Heidi said. "I actually cried in front of [the Kroger representative.]"

Central Market and Brookshires soon followed.

The Fausels are donating 10 percent of sales to Second Chances, the program at Fort Worth's Gladney Center for Adoption that works to find foster children forever families.

"More needs to be done for children in foster care in this country," Heidi Fausel said.

The Fausels recently found three more reasons that's true - two little girls and another boy. The children that became Joey's new brother and sisters last fall.

E-mail chawes@wfaa.com

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