Haiti sisters getting used to East Texas

By Donna McCollum - email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Carli and Mia are now in the safe arms of their new parents, but the picture isn't always perfect.

An earthquake, illness brought on by its dust, a ride on a military plane and just not knowing much about East Texas can cause grumpiness.

Shoes are the first thing to come off. It's all taken in stride and something a lot of TLC can fix.

"Everything's new," Becky Weems, their new mother, said. "Smells, food, touching things, the way things feel, the weather outside. They're used to 70 and 80 degrees. Everything's different. I think sometimes they get so overwhelmed they don't know what to do."

Today Mia and Carli, adaptations of their Haitian names, munch on goldfish, but spicy creole foods are their favorite.

"The Lord wanted us to adopt," Weems said. "And we felt led to Haiti. We knew this was something he had started and he would finish."

The twins' adoption was speeded up by the Haiti earthquake, but the final days were nerve-wracking.

"They were there in Port-au-Prince when aftershocks were occurring and they were sleeping outside in tents," Weems said.

With that all past them, the Weems can concentrate on becoming a family. A big brother and sister provide lots of help, but in the end it's a new mom who has the magic touch and lots of love to provide for the rest of their lives.

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