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'A reason to get up in the morning'

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

Over 100 foster children have been touched by the lives of Viola and Johnal Holman over the years, but they have no signs of slowing down. In fact, the Holmans took another leap by adopting three children on May 1. Even with COVID-19 preventing them from seeing the judge in person in San Antonio, they didn’t allow that to stop what they new was best for their family.

This November will mark seven years since they started fostering the three siblings, whose names will not be included.

“They have been with us through everything right after my dad died in 2014,” Viola recalled. “They give me and my husband a reason to get up in the morning.”

They officially started the process a few months ago, before the coronavirus was even on many people’s radar.

“They shut down all the offices,” Viola said, referring to adoption.

Two weeks ago, though, they received a call saying the adoption would be able to be completed over the phone with the judge.

“We got balloons and party foods and huddled by the telephone,” Viola said of their special day, “and the judge went through the whole procedure. It was beautiful. As of Friday [May 1] at 2, they belong to us.”

Through the challenges of COVID-19, which people and families are facing everywhere, the Holmans have remained steadfast and determined.

“I’m having to go back and try to be a teacher,” Viola stated.

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