Forever family keeps siblings together

It was December 2013 when we first introduced you to a group of siblings in East Texas waiting for a forever family. Chris, Kiley, Cassidy and Kalob had one wish - to be adopted together. After almost three years in foster care, they wondered if that wish would ever come true. Just a few weeks ago, it did! …

Artist Ellie Taylor captures the quiet scenes of the state she loves

Ellie Taylor relishes the beauty in things most people don’t give a second thought to: large round bales of hay in the summer sun, lazy goats in the middle of a grassy field, an old barn that has seen better days. By her own estimate, Ellie has painted thousands of images that preserve some of the

Daughter encourages parents to adopt

By the age of 6, Danica Wet-more had only lived inside a Ukrainian or-phanage. In all that time, Thom and Tami Wetmore were the only ones who visited her. “It’s just, you felt it in your heart. We knew, as soon as I saw her. I knew, in my spirit, ‘Go get your daughter,’” Tami Wetmore said.

Couple applies newfound wealth to helping kids

More than 18 million Americans make their living from home through direct sales, and many of them are right here in East Texas. Direct selling involves a variety of products such as cookware, makeup, energy or vitamins. While some do it for the flexibility and work-life balance, others have found it has afforded them the opportunity to help

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