The heart of the Mullins’ family is mom, Tanya, second from right, with, from left, Michael, 2 1/2, dad Kyle, Klover, 7 1/2, and Erin, 17. Not pictured is son, Nicholas, and his wife, Mary.
Klover with her family on the day of her adoption.
"Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while but their hearts forever." (unknown)
Tanya Mullins is one of those ladies who just knows God put her on earth to be a mom.
Tanya and husband, Kyle, have four children: Nicholas, 21, Erin, 17, Klover, 7, and Michael, 3.
Their two oldest children were basically raised in Washington State and it was while living there that little Klover came into their lives.
"Klover's biological parents were family members (not by blood) and they would sometimes ask me to babysit Klover. But there started to be issues, like not picking her up on time, or not having any diapers for her, etc. - there was always an excuse," Tanya recalled.
One day the baby's mom just disappeared with her abusive boyfriend, and it was discovered they were on meth.
"After many 911 calls to the police and sheriff's office and several court battles we were given third party custody of Klover, and then I knew she was finally safe. My whole family loves her like she was our own, always have and always will, and in October of 2010 Klover was adopted into our family, one of the happiest days of my life," Tanya said, smiling.
In 2011 little Michael was born to Tanya's brother and his girlfriend, who were also drug users.
"When Michael was six months old CPS placed him with us, as again we had received third party custody. Michael is an amazing little boy who in our eyes is our son and we will soon be adopting him, too," Tanya said.
"I have a wonderful husband who has been so supportive of me taking in the two babies, as have my two older children. They all love them dearly," she added.
Two years ago Tanya, Kyle and all the kids moved to Arizona for Tanya's health.
"Before my health got bad, for 15 years I always homeschooled. Because of that my kids and I have a very close relationship that I really miss now that Klover attends Del Rio Elementary School and she has a wonderful teacher - Ms. Laurie Marley- who I am very thankful for," said Tanya.
Tanya shared that her son, Nicholas, and his wife, Mary, will be moving here soon because they miss being with the family and want to be part of the younger children's lives.
"There isn't anything I wouldn't do for my kids. I love everything about them, even on their bad days," Tanya grinned.
"I think motherhood is the greatest thing God ever created!"