14 Adoptees Surprise Mom and Dad With New Living Room

14 Adoptees Surprise Mom and Dad With New Living Room

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14 Adoptees Surprise Mom and Dad With New Living Room

When Chris and Bob Atherton got married, they decided to build their family through adoption. Nearly 40 years and 14 kids later, they continue to run a busy household. Recently, the kids got together to surprise their parents with an update to the Athertons’ living room. They hired designer Jenny Slingerland to help replace well-worn furnishings and create a more cohesive design that keeps function and comfort in mind.

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vonben
More details on that recycled rug please?
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What a beautiful family! It touched my heart! Also, the new den design is lovely, as well as, practical.
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susanb92

Way to go! What a wonderful thing to do for your parents!

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elefantenkitzle

Fantastic family of an extra special couple. There are some really beautiful people in this world and it is a pleasure to be introduced to them. Thank You!

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Michelle
This couple is so special and this story really touched me. I wish more people would adopt.
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lionsrrroar
This is the sweetest story...ever!
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Dianne Havird
Thank you for this inspiring article! And the makeover is lovely, as well!
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Nancy Metzger

Beautiful family....lovely family room...! Thank you!



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pfitzpat

What a "gracious" family!!! It really touched my heart to see a wonderful family all about "CARING." I am deeply touched and overwhelmed with emotion to see this in my life time.

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Anna Virgint

So inspirational. Thanks for sharing this amazing couple and their family.


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Treehugger

What a beautiful story and a lovely design!

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johnanddeannajackson

wow! Thanks Houzz for this feature of people who insipire us to keep HOME in the house!

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Stephanie Rountree

Amazing parents and children! Such a beautiful gift to give their folks. I'm so impressed!

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Lynn G

And not one kid in any kind of trouble. Love is the answer.

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marie-a R

They are and hold the world in one whole family. What an example. Thank you for such a heartbraking fabulous story.

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theharkster

Wow !!! Kudos to the Atherton's for adopting and raising all those children! And what a wonderful gift for the children to give to their parents! great story!!!

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kelly1954

Great story. Great family. Thank you for sharing all your individual stories of how you came to be a family.

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momrn5

What a wonderful testimony to the blessing of adoption...lovely home for a very special family!

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heardme

I loved this! Sometimes you only hear about the negative, it's wonderful to hear of good people doing amazing things! Nothing is more important than valuing human life! The Atherton family is beautiful!

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Claudia B

Thank you for this story. It is good to run across a story like this and realize there are many good people in our society.

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ellenbair

The best family in the world, what a wonderful New Year surprise to find you on my Sunday morning ritual of seeing what's new with Houzz.

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marialbrasil

Inspiring!

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Happy

Thanks, Allison, for sharing those links!! The rug and pieces chosen are amazing!

Wonderful family story, & beautiful design!

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Nicola Fazio
What a wonderful family, they deserve this and more. God bless!
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djmideas

Beautifully done. Regarding the fabric on the sofas-- can you tell me the manufacturer, texture, color and and stain resistant finish on the fabric? Thank you

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mandcsmamadee

This is what I mean when I repeatedly say that diversity is a wonderful thing.

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sbeauds

Beautiful story for a truly deserving couple and their family. They are an inspiration!

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janetyancy

What a wonderful way to begin the New Year by reading this fabulous story!! Such an inspiration!!

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Carolina Girl

What a great story and a blessing. The Issacs have a song called Heros and it truly describes people like the Atherton's.

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Julie Johnson

What a cool family! They and their home truly embody love, acceptance, support, and a real sense of adventure and fun! A wonderfully inspiring story to close one year and begin a new one!

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csilversmith
Lovely room, but I think even if it were bare, it would be filled with love.
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Andrea Pellicani

Lovely people ... very inspiring -thank you.

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San-dee Noisie
Beautiful story of how love is reciprocated in this family. Blessings and love full circle.
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goodewyfe

This is one of the best things I've seen on Houzz. The people who love you and take care of you are your parents/family. Anything else is just a technicality.

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jillharrison
Fantastic design life story to awake to In 2018! Wow! In so many ways: the parents, the children, the love and of course the design and designer. Thank you Houzz!
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gailmd52
Blows me away! What a great couple & they brought up amazing kids. Thanks for showcasing them, Houzz! The room is cool as well!
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Arlene Peters

Awesome redo to deserving parents

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blynch531

Such a beautiful diverse and loving family! KUDOS houzz for sharing this heartwarming story!!

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celestina89

This entire family in my book are heroes. From the matriarch father and mother to every single child adopted and onto the third generation. This is how the world changes - one by one. Thank you Atherton family and thank you Houzz for showing how kindness and love and determination can change lives. It's more than new paint and furniture.

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Carolyn Dixon
God bless this mom and Dad and all their children this is Love
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janeteea

Thank you for this wonderful story. Such an amazing family. Real parents are determined by the love and care they deliver, not necessarily biology. This inspirational couple is a shining example.

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Shoshana Bloom

Wonderful story and wonderful family.

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Kendrah

The definition of selflessness. Adopted parents are real parents and these kids are so wanted and loved. What a story.

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ladygray10
This is a beautiful family and story, touched my heart. Give blessings and you get blessings back.
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Kalahari _ Musau
Awesome kids Awesome parents = to a awesome home
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melissaroantreelove

This is my new favorite Houzz story. And when the mom says, so pragmatically, "I like this rug. This is a good rug. We will definitely be getting things on it." Hilarious and precious

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G B-B
Beautiful life story
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anonymous
Magical story, great design. I’d like to see where all these kids sleep...
   
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kimmylouwho1

I know this family and loved seeing an update on all the kids. Your family room looks beautiful!

   
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Kristofer Agu
Am really really touched because I know there’s good people on this planet because I believe in God
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Jessica lin
big love family!
   
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Saad Kirangwa
Aww, so touching and beautiful.. and Houzz you gave it an uplift..

I will adopt 2 children sometime
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Mee Lun Johnson
Beautiful makeover. Remarkable and lovely family.
   
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Abby Walker
I love the cat on the LEGO table bc it’s a disaster waiting to happen!
   
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Brian Mogaka
Thank you for telling that story. It's beautiful.
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What a lovely story! Inspired!
   
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Kam H
Heartwarming story. A loving family-just what the world needs.
   
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Stanley group

A very kind and generous couple, I take my hat off to them! And the children are so blessed! The decor is elegantly updated, but yet great thought has been put into to it to make it functional for their family unit.

   
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HU-317673482
Oh my God! What an eye opener on sooo many levels! May God bless this beautiful family
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agnessbupe
Touching story indeed. Great family for sure...