Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Friends From the Beginning

Girls began friendship in Chinese orphanage
AVON, Ind. — Mike and Kathy Perry and Bob and Barb Kilbourn have been friends for the past 30 years. The couples went through the births of their children together and also the adoptions of their daughters from China.

The Kilbourns said they decided to add to their brood of six by adopting a little girl from China. Barb said she had always wanted to adopt and when her father passed away, she felt it would be a fitting tribute to a man who loved the Chinese culture...

The Perrys said they decided to adopt after their three biological children had already started families of their own. Kathy had gone on a trip with a friend in 2003 to help with her adoption. She said it touched her so that she decided to adopt a child as well.

The two couples sent in applications and were both accepted. They requested two little girls that were the same age and could grow up together.The adoption agency knew just the girls. They were born only weeks apart, played together and slept next to one another in their cribs in an orphanage about 9,000 miles from Avon.


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