Haitian girls get warm welcome from Azle family




Posted on January 29, 2010 at 12:27 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 27 at 5:09 PM

DALLAS — An Azle family is celebrating after their wish to adopt two Haitian teenagers came true.

No signs, cheers or applause greeted Lorraine Larrew when she arrived at Dallas Love Field airport Thursday night, but she didn't need a big homecoming. Her smile spoke volumes.

"I am glad to be home," Larrew said. "It was long, and you wondered if it was going to happen — that this was going to happen or not".

Larrew feared that the process to adopt 15-year-old Naphtaline Noel Larrew and 15-year-old Mona Lisa Larrew from a Port-au-Prince orphanage would grind to a halt after the devastating earthquake.

But this past Sunday, Larrew got a call from authorities that the adoptions were approved. The family picked up the young girls in Florida.

Naphtaline couldn't contain her excitement — a family is what she has always wanted.

"A good family, someone that can give me a better attention and be there for me," she said.

Larrew's adoption journey started three years ago. It originally just included Naphtaline, but the family later decided to adopt Mona as well.

Larrew's daughter, Mandee — who is also 15 years old — can't wait to show her sisters around their new home.

"I can't wait to see their faces light up," Mandee said.

Both Haitian girls are looking forward to pursuing their dreams. Naphtaline wants to be a lawyer; Mona wants to be a singer. But most of all, they want to make their family proud.

"Thank you," Naphtaline told her Texas family. "I want to be a blessing to them and I love my sister. She's great!"

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