Oklahoma Congressman Markwayne Mullin brought a family together again when he welcomed two twin girls into his home.
AP reports that the girls, Ivy and Lynette (age 2), have been living apart since they were 3 months old.
According to The Oklahoman, the girls were born into “kind of a bad situation” and were left in the care of their great-aunt and great-grandmother, who were both distant relatives of Mullin’s wife, Christie. Though they opened their homes to the girls, neither relative was able to take on the responsibility of caring for both.
Christie approached her husband with the idea of adoption many times, but Mullin had his concerns. “We were unsure about whether, at this time, we could handle the extra responsibility,” he told The Oklahoman.
But his concerns faded once he met the girls over Christmas and the “beautiful blonde girls” charmed him.
“They’ve got the sweetest disposition,” he said Wednesday. “If you talk to anybody, they say twins need to be together. The bond between them is just amazing. They can have a conversation with each other for hours and nobody else can understand it.”
The Oklahoman reported that the adoption was officially approved August 21. Mullin now has a beautiful family of 7 and says that it’s been a “seamless transition” for his three younger children.
“They have blessed our family so much … They never had a mommy and daddy they got to call mommy and daddy. To see the way my kids have took on to them. My two boys won’t set ‘em down. My little girl is such a proud big sister.”
Best of luck to the Congressman and his burgeoning family!