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Couple Adopted 7 Siblings Who Lost Parents In A Car Crash, See How Their Lives Changed

Pam and Gary Willis' names are showing up in headlines recently and it's nothing short of deserved. Their story is inspiring and heartwarming ,and shows how much of a difference we each have the power to make if we set our minds to it.

Adopting one child can be quite a challenging process. Now imagine seven of them. There was nothing that could stop Pam and Garry from adopting all seven siblings as a unit especially after hearing their tragic story. Here's how it went.

The Couple Had Five Children Of Their Own

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Pam and Hary got married when they were only teenagers but their love has lasted 32 years so far. Together they have five biological children. The couple started fostering children when the kids were teens themselves. After doing it for seven years, they felt their nest emptying as the kids were off to live their own lives.

When their own kids stopped needing them, this is is what happened: "We decided we had space and love to offer to the broken-hearted babies out there in the foster system."

It Didn't Feel Like Work

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The couple didn't expect to feel as rewarded as they did by their work. However, as each kid lived with them for about a year, they couldn't help but get attached, which made the goodbyes difficult.

They still did it over and over again because the difference that they were making was worth it. "It was amazing to see the progress that scared, neglected little ones could make in only a year's time in our home. We always worked together, my husband, myself, and my two teenagers. We loved fiercely, protected with all we had, and fought hard to get the best for them in their cases." says Pam.

One Day, She Saw A Facebook Post...

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Eventually, all the fostered children had left their home. Then one day in January of 2019, Pam was mindlessly scrolling through Facebook when she came across a photo of these seven siblings. It said: "'Seven Siblings in Need of Forever Home." Her heart sank as she saw their faces full of hope and still so young and innocent.

She tagged her husband in the post "'Can we adopt them?" assuming he would think she was insane. Yet, she couldn't stop thinking about them all day.

The Husband's Response Surprised Her

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When Gary came home that night, Pam asked him if he had seen the post. Much to her surprise, he answered: "Yes,' he said. "We should adopt them." Pam felt her heart stop and then she echoed "we should."

Just like that, Pam and Gary made the decision because they thought if not them then who? These kids had lost their parents in a car crash and it was a miracle they had survived after being ejected from their seats. They already had been in foster care for a year, recovering from concussions, injuries, and long hospitalizations. It was clear to Pam and Gary that these kids had a special purpose for being alive and the couple made it their purpose to give them the love and patience that they would need to reach it.

The Kids Couldn't Be Seperated

It was clear that the kids had been "numb" for that whole year in foster care They were barely going through the motions of day-to-life, but they had a lot of healing still to do. The only thing that kept them going was that they got to stay together and for that reason, it would be cruel to separate them.

The kids were aged 14, 11, 6, 5, 4, 3, and 2 from oldest to youngest. They had been broken inside even before the accident. They suffered trauma, neglect, malnutrition, fetal alcohol, and drug exposure, abuse…It was time that they finally experienced love, safety, and family.

They Made it Official

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The children were welcomed into the couple's home in June of 2019. Exactly one year later, on August 2020, their adoption became final. Not even being amidst a global pandemic could stop. They were determined to be a family. They had found their purpose. "We are their forever home and this is our second chance with SEVEN," said Pam to over 115k of her Instagram followers.

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The Four Facial Traits That Make The Most Attractive People

Researchers keep on trying to unlock the million-dollar question: what makes a person the most beautiful? The media keeps on changing the women they show as most beautiful and we keep on changing our appearance and fashion in an attempt to keep up. But the question is, do we actually ever actually "feel" beautiful?"

Does it truly come down to a science, where certain traits deem a person most attractive or is beauty relative like they say? Let's find out!

The More Symmetry The Better

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​Many experimental studies have shown that men and women both prefer faces that are more symmetrical. They even came up with ratios and masks that can measure the level of symmetry in a face, and by extension its beauty. Even monkeys have been noticed gazing longer at symmetrical faces.

But why? Well, science doesn't seem to have gotten that far. It could have something to do with evolution and our brains tricking themselves into thinking that a symmetrical face must be a sign of good health. Maybe we associate good genes with the more successful development of a facial structure.

Having "Babyface" Features

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​The idea of the fountain of youth didn't come out of anywhere. There is a belief that people are at their most beautiful in the prime of their youth, where they've grown enough to have adult features, but haven't experienced enough to lose their innocence and be affected by the environment.

From this idea, came the "baby face", where large eyes, long lashes, a cute little nose, a small chin, plump lips, and rosy cheeks are desirable. These traits can either describe a baby or a supermodel but the idea is that they reflect feelings of warmth, trust and won't argue back.

The More Average, The More Relatable

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People are actually attracted to faces that appear distinctly average. Yes, the more you look like the general population, the more attractive you can come off, which just seems ironic.

The reason some studies made this conclusion, is that teh more average a face is, the more they likely are to be a blend of genes A study, published in the journal Human Nature said that average faces might be a reflection of a more diverse set of genes, which we might subconsciously consider as stronger in fighting off illnesses.

Something About Getting Older

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Maybe women seem more attractive with baby faces but forget about youth when it comes to women's attraction to men. Women might actually end up being more attracted to men who look older according to a study.

This idea is still evolving and has something to do with women finally having a place in the workforce. The more financially independent they become, the more they like older guys, according to the study. They even named this the "George Clooney Effect" which showed women that the more patient they are, the better their chances at finding a man has more status and resources due to being older.

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Familiar Faces Per Genetics

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Ask yourself how you feel when you meet someone who looks like someone else you love? You probably automatically take a liking to them just because they seem familiar, even if you've truly never met them before. You might even just trust them right away. In the same way, the more familiar a person might feel, the more we could be attracted to them.

Another study found that the faces we are attracted to are heavily influenced by our personal experiences in life, and probably nothing more. This theory says it's not because of genetics as even twins couldn't agree on who they found attractive. It just depends on who you meet and look at throughout your life and the experiences you associate with them.

Basically You Can't Win

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Well, it turns out, even when you try to with science, you really can't define beauty. Some people are attracted to babyfaces, while some can't help but be drawn to older ones. Some people's brains attach symmetry with good health while others just want an average-looking face to continue their genes. So the message is, beauty is relative after all. I am beautiful and you are beautiful and everyone will be most attractive to someone.

Rather than focus on looks, focus on the person on the inside. You're here for a reason. This is your sign to get to know yourself better and unleash your potential.

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