Peggy Smith and her husband Jacob had no children until they came across a plea to help the kids on Facebook.
The young couple are now first-time parents to four children who range in age from a few months old to four, while the remaining five siblings, aged between eight and 14, live with Jacob's parents Thad and Loryn just a few doors down in Tampa, Florida.
Wife Peggy, 28, said: "We do know this is probably the hardest thing we will ever do. We thought it was crazy, but we thought why not? Why not this family? We have a home. Why not grow our family this way? We actually didn't know there was a ninth baby. There were only eight children in the original post. But we got an email saying 'mom had number nine.' So that's when we found out there was a ninth baby. He has just been a dream."
Jacob's mom Loryn said, "The most important thing was to let siblings grow up together. We've heard so many people say 'You're crazy! What are you thinking? You were down to one child.' Our response is, there is no doubt we are crazy, but we have parented 15 children full time and fostered over 100 children through our years as foster parents. We feel it boils down to if not us, then who? We received a card from our 10-year old soon to be daughter, in it she wrote 'Thank you for letting us be in your home, you saved us from being separated.''
The family are now working with the Promise Love Foundation to try and raise the money needed for two cars to fit their expanded family.
Story Credit: MSN