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Henderson couple who took in family member's five children receiving life-changing gift

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Don and Debra Stapleton and their five adopted children; Corbin, Michael, Brylee, Andrew, and Allyson. Don and Debra Stapleton and their five adopted children; Corbin, Michael, Brylee, Andrew, and Allyson.

Henderson County Habitat for Humanity is gearing up for its biggest build yet. 

Officials tell us the home is going to have five bedrooms, and about 1800 square feet, for one very deserving family.

"The bathrooms, everybody stands in line and who ever's in, you just knock on the door and say hurry up," Debra Stapleton says. 

There's a line at the bathroom because Debra Stapleton lives in a three bedroom home with her husband Don, her mother Peggy, and their five adopted children. Corbin is the oldest, Michael the serious one, Brylee the drama queen, Andrew the comedian, and Allyson the baby.

If you've lost count, that's eight people under one rather small roof. 

"It's tight sometimes, but we get by. You learn to adjust, because that's what you get when you get a bigger family, but that's the way it is," Debra says.

The children are Don's great nieces and nephews. Their mother died in a traffic accident and their father is not in contact. Debra says she knew the children would be put into different foster homes and she couldn't let them be split up. 

"At our age even, to take the five kids in, it wasn't even a choice. There's no way that I wouldn't have not said yes," Debra says.

Debra says it's been a rocky road and the kids are kids. They fight with one another like any siblings do and they need their space and security. 

"It's going to be our house and no one can tell us to move out of it or anything," the youngest, Allyson Richards says.

But above all, Debra says the new home gives the family stability. 

"They know that this is home, and they don't have to worry where they're going to sleep tomorrow, or where they're going to eat tomorrow. They know where it's going to be," Debra says. "It's like a dream come true, you know what someone feels like if you've won the lottery? Well, I feel that way just getting a house."

Even Grandma Peggy will finally have a room of her own to relax in after she makes the family's favorite pot of chili. 

"If you don't think the Lord answers prayers, this is it. He's answered ours," Peggy says.

Officials with Habitat tell 14 News that they hope construction can begin by the end of July and beginning of August, and they say the home will take seven to eight months to construct.

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