The Conklins - An Amazing Family

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams of Central PA East

An Amazing Family

I had an absolutely incredible experience on Thursday, September 16. I was invited by Mike and Thelma Conklin to attend the adoption of their son. Pictured below was our source of transportation to the Franklin County courthouse in Chambersburg, PA

Conklin family

My story with the Conklin family begins several years ago when I was their pastor. I visited them through illnesses and hospitalizations. The Conklins have 12 children with 10 of their children being adopted. Most of these children are special needs children. Unfortunately many of these children have been affected by the drug and/or alcohol addictions of their birth mothers.

The Conklins are very special people who have a deep love for children and do an incredible job of providing a loving home for all their children.

Conklin family

I had attended at least 3 other adoptions which were held in Lancaster County, PA. A week before the adoptions the Conklins asked me if I wanted to attend this one in Franklin County and I jumped at the chance. The Hummer limo provided us with first class transportation to the adoption hearing.

It was a very special day and my hats off to this family. The love of the Conklin family is very evident. I was very surprised to be called as a witness at the hearing. I never had testified at any of the previous hearings and the lawyer told me when she met me that she wanted to call me. I was shocked, but was privileged to share my respect for this family

Give thanks for a family like this.

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Rainmaker
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Robin Dampier REALTOR®
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What a wonderful story of an incredible family.  Mr. and Mrs. Conklin are very special people.

Thanks for sharing.  I was born and raised in the Reading area and my sister has lived in Lancaster for many years.

Sue of Robin and Sue

Sep 19, 2010 02:06 PM #1
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Wow Cal...what an honor indeed to be included in such a special event!

Sep 19, 2010 05:40 PM #2
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Cal Yoder
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Sue,

Would love to meet your family here in Lancaster. I hope they and you are doing well.

Thom,

You are right, it was an honor.

Cal

Sep 19, 2010 07:58 PM #3
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Looks like quite the ride Cal.  And what a great reason for it.  Thanks for the post.

Sep 20, 2010 06:51 AM #4
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Gita Bantwal
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Cal, Thank you for sharing . It is an honor to be part of such an event .

Sep 21, 2010 06:21 AM #5
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Cal Yoder
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Gabe, it was a fun ride. The comfort of those Hummer limos was not as great as I thought it might be.

Gita - it was definitely an honor.

Cal

Sep 21, 2010 06:30 AM #6
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Cal, What an amazing family story! And an honor indeed to be asked to such a personal event, you ARE definitely family in their sweet hearts!

Sep 23, 2010 08:52 PM #7
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Cal Yoder
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Thanks Wanda.

Cal

Sep 24, 2010 08:03 AM #8
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Renée Burrows
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What a special cause you have "adopted" Cal!  Mike and I are considering being host parents for foreign exchage students next year.  We had an opportunity where the student's dad died when he was 5.  We are currently not in a position to do this mentally yet but hope we can make a difference in some lives.

Sep 24, 2010 05:14 PM #9
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Cal Yoder
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Renee,

You will make a difference wherever you decide to place your efforts - that is a sure thing. One of the questions I was asked by the lawyer was, "Does the fact that they have 12 children cause you concern?" I told the court I could not do what the Conklins do, but after watching them I said I had to hesitation with recommending them to adopt another one.

Best my friend,

Cal

Sep 24, 2010 05:17 PM #10
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Big congratulations to the Conklins!

Sep 26, 2010 11:06 AM #11
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Cal - I'm a little late to the bandwagon but glad I caught this post.  Wow, I'm in awe of this special family.  I've a special needs grandson and know firsthand how much just  one child like this can take out of you.  What an honor that you were included in the adoption.  They must think of you as family. 

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