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Six siblings thriving in their forever home

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There will be a lot of presents under the tree on Christmas morning for a local family with six kids. But the one true gift they already enjoy is the gift of family.

Here is their journey to becoming a family of eight.

A quick family huddle was all it took to keep these six siblings on their best behavior.

From 20 months to 12-years-old, the five brothers and one sister effortlessly took turns playing mini golf at Boomers San Diego, as I asked their parents to share the secret behind raising such good listeners.

"They're super well behaved, oh my goodness, I wish I could take credit but I really think it's genetic," laughed Deanna.

All six are biological.

"They're all from the same birth mom and we're just completely blessed," continued Rob.

Rob and Deanna turned to San Diego County Adoptions to start their family more than a decade ago, after struggling with infertility.

"I have an older brother and older sister who were adopted through county, and we had seen a lot of commercials for county adoptions and it just seemed like that was just the natural step to do," Deanna said. "The county was great, we loved every bit of it and I'd say the hardest part was just the waiting."

But good things come to those who wait and that's exactly what happened to them. Here's a look at just how quickly their family grew:

"We first started off with our oldest son Robbie," explained Deanna. "We were so excited, he was two-months-old and we were totally thrilled. Eleven months later, he had a little brother born, and that's our next son Charlie. So we had grown from the two of us to all of a sudden four of us. Less than two years later, we got another phone call for our next son, Sammy."

Soon after, their social worker asked if they'd like to have a daughter.

"We got our little girl, and we were very thrilled to have our little girl in our family," noted Deanna.

Abbie completed their family, but only for a while.

"And then we got another one, another phone call for our next son Johnny who's a total crack up and we were more than thrilled," laughed Deanna.

And just when they thought they were really done:

"A couple years later we got another phone call, and of course now we have Teddy in the family," Deanna added. And our family that we wanted so bad and wanted to start so badly and didn't know how it was going to end up and now we have this huge family and we couldn't feel any luckier than we do now. I think everything's better with the kids in our lives."

As a family of eight, Rob and Deanna say they're enjoying many of the same things they did before having kids.

"We were really active in sports, we went to Disneyland a lot, we even honeymooned there and now, taking our kids to Disneyland, just to see it through their eyes," Deanna said. "It's the best thing. Everywhere we go with them, it's just amazing and we just have so much fun having that experience with them."

The kids don't know any other life.

And though each child was exposed to drugs in utero, all are thriving and excelling at school.

"I let them know their mother was not healthy, but that she did the right thing by giving them up for adoption," Deanna said. "We always say she was a blessing in our lives as well. Without her, there wouldn't be them, so we'll always be grateful for her."

If you are interested in adopting, please call 1-877-I-ADOPT-U.

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