In 2006, Jen and Sarah, who had then been dating for about a year at the time, became first-time mothers in a big way: A set of siblings—Markis, 8, Hannah4. Abigail, 2—entered their family as foster children.

Jen shared their experiences as mothers in a lengthy Facebook post. She also detailed the difficulties they faced during the first night. However, she said that the sisters were determined to become mother to their Texas brothers. “If not us—WHO?” “If not us–WHO?” she wrote.

The couple adopted two more children from foster homes, including another three siblings, two years later. Devonte, 5, Jermiah4. CieraThe couple changed the spellings of their two other children’s names to a kinder version. JeremiahAnd Sierra.