Phillies' pitcher Cole Hamels has been a father of two for the last few years, but today (technically since December 24th) Cole Hamels is a father of three.
Cole Hamels and his wife Heidi have adopted a baby girl, Reeve, from Ethiopia. Reeve, who was abandoned at birth, was found by Ethiopian police in a field and was later taken to an orphanage where the Hamels' adopted her.
In a story by Channel 6 ABC's Jeff Skversky, Hamels says that it's a happy moment for his family of five.
"The sense of joy overcomes anything. [There were] tears, I'm glad they were not sad tears; obviously, the most joyful, exciting tears I think I can ever shed. We're just so happy," Hamels said.
The process, which lasted about four years, did not stop the Hamels' from traveling to Ethiopia numerous times to finalize the adoption process.
"It's very, very time consuming, obviously worth it in the end; it's not nine months like a biological child, so, I don't know, I feel like I've been waiting on her my whole life," Heidi said.
The Hamels tell action news that they plan to keep their family growing and will not hesitate to adopt a child from Ethiopia again.
Congratulations to Cole and Heidi, who are parents yet again.
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