Updated: 08/03/2014 10:35 PM |
Created: 08/03/2014 10:01 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News
A New Mexico family is struggling to provide for their son with Muscular Dystrophy while also raising eight other children.Their outlook on life may change your perspective on what's important.
One glance at the Lopez backyard and it might look like the whole neighborhood has gathered to play. But all nine of the kids are siblings and the youngest has captured all of their hearts.
"He has so much joy, and it's so fun to watch him and watch him play with the other kids," Sherry Lopez said.
Declan, 2, has a form of Muscular Dystrophy. Right now, his general diagnosis is called Arthogryposis.
"It's an over-arching description of a bunch of conditions that he has," his father Bryan Lopez said.
Declan came into this family when they already had their hands full. Bryan and Sherry Lopez had three of their own children biologically. Then they decided to pursue adoption. That is what brought the triplets into their lives, Cameron, Caleb and Christian. Then, they found out about twins in Uganda who needed a home.
But with six kids already in their household, the adoption agency even warned them to wait.
"If you can't find any other families, we're here. So they called us like two months later and said we can't find anybody else," Bryan said.
So as the process started to adopt Bella and Bentley from Uganda, they found out Sherry was pregnant with Declan and that he would have a lot of special needs. But instead of getting overwhelmed, their outlook on it all is simply amazing.
"I was just praying, 'please don't die, please don't die, please don't die,'" Sherry Lopez said. "The Lord has been so gracious and he has in so many ways surpassed expectations that we had and just brought so much joy to our family."
The Lopez household now sits at nine. Sherry admits that day-to-day life can get hectic. She's shuffling constant doctor appointments for Declan with making sure the other kids get what they need.
"Some days we don't bathe and that's okay," Sherry said.
At the end of the day, their home is quiet. The kids are really well-behaved. They understand what it's like to give selflessly. It's a lesson they're learning firsthand.
"We're working really hard to supply a good loving home to these kids," Bryan said. "They may not have all the fanciest, greatest toys in the world but they have each other and we have family and that's what gets us through."
If you would like to help the Lopez family raise money for a half marathon that funds Muscular Dystrophy research, you can donate here.