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MARILYN HAGERTY: Moms learn of love, nurturing from their moms

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This past week, 3-year-old Caleb broke his arm. Not too long ago Nate, who is 7, was sick and feverish.

There is never a dull moment in the household of David and Kim Adams of Grand Forks.

The family starts the day taking five children to three different schools. They are going hither and yon.

And Kim Adams says she loves being a mom. She and David had three children, twins Jensen and Kylie, now 6, and Caleb, 3. That was before they adopted Jonas, 11, and Nate, 7, from an orphanage in Ethiopia.

On this day, Kim Adams thinks of her own mother, Christy Larson of Fargo.

“I always wanted to be a mom when I was growing up,” she said this past week. “I watched my mother volunteer at church, lead programs and organize parties at the nursing home. I think I learned about nurturing, loving and caring from her.”

At 35, Kim Adams feels grateful and appreciative of the journey she has been on.

“I love being a mom,” she said, visiting in her office at Calvary Lutheran Church. There, she is coordinator of young adult and family ministries. Her husband, Dave, coordinates youth ministry and contemporary worship. He is studying to be ordained, mostly through courses online from Luther Seminary in St. Paul.

The couple was relentless in their efforts to adopt children in Ethiopia. There were trips across the world — the last one March 27 to April 5. At that time, Melanie Hoistad went with Kim Adams to Addis Ababa. From there they traveled to Abomsa where there were records of the birth of the boys and their parents who had died. An adoption agency that had begun the procedure with the Adams family had closed down.

But the necessary papers were signed. The two boys were anxiously awaiting a home.

And they came with their new mother on a 17-hour flight. They landed April 5. Now they wear big smiles as they are out and around with their family.

Jonas and Nate are attending Winship Elementary School where there are in ELL, or English Language Learner, classes. Kylie and Jensen go to Kelly Elementary School. And Caleb spends his weekdays at Sun Flake pre-school.

The boys from Ethiopia loved the attention they received when they were baptized on April 27. They like to eat cheeseburgers that have replaced the injera bread of Ethiopia.

Still, their parents are determined to foster their understanding and love of their original country. Kim Adams said the Ethiopia Reads program has been a big help.

“They love, love our family and our country,” Kim Adams said. “At the same time they miss their native land.”

Just recently, Jonas asked, “Mom, does it ever get warm here?”


Reach Hagerty at or (701) 772-1055.