Williamson Co. family adopts 8 children from Sierra Leone - WKRN News 2

Williamson County family adopts 8 children from Sierra Leone

Posted: Updated: March 19, 2013 09:58 PM CDT

A Thompson Station family is finally complete after a three-year long battle to adopt eight children from Sierra Leone.

On Tuesday, the children arrived at the Nashville International Airport.

Mike and Hayley Jones, who have two biological children, have been trying to adopt the eight siblings but faced several hurdles with the government.

"A big sense of relief, just to finally have this chapter come to an end, ready to start the next chapter so we just feel very blessed right now," Hayley told Nashville's News 2.

The children, named Michael, Samuel, Levi, Malachi, Isaiah, Judah, Zion and Gabrielle, range in ages five to 16.

When the Jones' began this journey, they didn't set out to adopt eight children. However, it's a decision they felt called to make.

"They've been a part of our family, just on a different continent," Mike said. "We didn't know anything about them, I just knew those eight kids were [meant] to be ours."

The family, now triple in size, will get around in a 15 passenger van and have added several bunk beds to their home.

They're looking forward to starting this new chapter in their lives.

"It's exciting, very thankful, its what we've been praying for," Hayley said. "Just ready to be together and star living everyday life together."

The children's father in Sierra Leone was killed in a boating accident.

Their mother felt they would have a better life with the Jones' in Tennessee.

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