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It was like attending a live taping of "Jon and Kate Plus 8."
The only differences were that the children were several years older and mine was the only camera around.
The similarities, though, included echoing laughter, lots and lots of smiles and a heartwarming sense of caring and love.
A few weeks ago, I interviewed Fred and Donna Sheridan, the parents of nine adopted children. Nine.
I can't imagine living in a home with more than a few siblings. Being an only child, I'm not privy to what it's like to divide a room with tape or fight over who gets the bathroom first.
I don't know how sibling rivalry feels or what it's like to "compete" for my parents' attention.
I also don't know what it's like to not have a family ... and then find another one again who wants to love me.
Those who know me well know that I'm not like other people my age who can't wait to have a child. Maybe that comes from being an only child.
Nevertheless, I was looking forward to interviewing the Sheridans to find out exactly why they chose to adopt and care for nine children in addition to their three birth children.
The Sheridans told me of their inability to say no to a child in need and how they feel God has called them to care for those less fortunate.
They told me how they genuinely feel that their adopted children are their children, and they would do anything to protect them and make sure they have everything they need.
They also told me of their struggles, financially and emotionally. Some children need extra attention, whether it's in the behavior or academic arenas, and that's sometimes challenging and difficult.
After speaking with the Sheridans, who I now believe are undoubtedly meant to be adoptive parents, I saw a clear picture of unconditional love and understood how strong the bond is between a mother and her child, no matter if the mother actually gave birth to the child.
It's admirable to provide care for another person, whether it's a sick spouse or other family member. It's not for everyone.
It's even more admirable, I think, to take in someone who isn't related to you, and show them what it means to become part of a family.
That's truly being a part of something bigger than yourself.