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Family gives Thanks after getting the greatest gift of all

Laws and language, not to mention love, couldn't stop a Madison County family from fighting for someone they couldn't live without, a little girl they've been trying to adopt since her birth.  

WAFF 48 News Anchor Liz Hurley shares a celebration of Thanksgiving on many levels. 

Their wait stretched almost 1,500 miles, from Huntsville to Guatemala and lasted more than 2 years.     

Brothers, cousins, aunts, and grandparents gathered at Huntsville International to meet the toddler they had only seen in pictures.

Faye Jones, her grandmother, said, "Finally, God has answered our prayers." 

They were making or bearing gifts to welcome little Sydney, the youngest, newest, and much-anticipated member of the Jones family.

Greg Coffey, her Grandfather, said, "I've waited two years to see that smile."     

Since birth, Sydney has been caught up in bureaucratic red tape between the U.S. and Guatemala.  

She was born to an unwed Guatemalan teen and immediately put up for adoption.

Sydney has lived through a 2-year international tug-of-war. 

It's only now that she's been allowed to leave for her forever home in Alabama.               

Sydney finally arrives, waving the flags of 2 countries.  

One journey ending while another beginning.

New father Alan Jones said, "We missed a lot of her life; we did.   But I look at it that I now am gaining so much more of her life because she is home with us."

Barb Coffey, her grandma said, "That's the piece of my heart that was missing."  

They've missed holidays and birthdays with Sydney, so a gravely ill grandmother gives her a college mascot, a brother gives her kisses, and a grandfather and preacher gives her faith.  

George Jones, grandfather and pastor of church in Selma says a prayer for the new addition, "May we all rejoice this Thanksgiving on the wonderful gift you've given to us, this beautiful little girl."

The Jones family will spend Thanksgiving in Selma so Sydney can meet more of her extended family.


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