The Richards Family
Orchard City, Colorado

An American Family
by Ken & Doris Richards, Orchard City, CO

We have five adopted children, three from Vietnam and two from Africa. We’re a normal American family — as normal as it can be with five kids — we’re just from different places with different experiences. When the kids were younger, being different in their own ways helped them learn to accept each other and ultimately feel more connected as siblings. Our differences allow us all to be able to better relate to other cultures.

Having five kids keeps us super busy, but it’s fun. They’re involved with all kinds of activities and are living productive lives, with aspirations and goals for their futures. We’re very proud of our kids. It’s great to see them grow up.

Creating Food Traditions

With three children from Vietnam in our family, we started making spring rolls at home. They’ve become our family’s traditional holiday meal. When most people are having turkey, we fix spring rolls. When we visited Vietnam, the kids were really excited to see how our homemade spring meals compared to authentic ones made there. We thought there was no way we could be making them as good as the real thing, but it was. The kids actually preferred the ones we were making at home.

And because we have done Vietnamese food, we’re learning to cook more African dishes, for the African culture that’s also part of our family. One favorite is a baked chicken dish with ground nut sauce; like many families, we find we make a lot of chicken.

Vietnamese
Spring Rolls

Vietnamese
Spring Rolls

When most people are having turkey, we fix spring rolls.

Dinnertime Connection

For our family, dinner is a time of connection and sharing. Everybody helps with dinner without one person necessarily being in charge of everything. We usually do the cooking and then one of the kids will set the table, someone else will clear it, and then, depending on what day of the week it is, somebody else will do the dishes.

Having dinner together is important: It’s the time we’re all together to bond and tell each other what’s going on in our lives and about our days. If we didn’t take time to sit at the table and talk with each other, we probably wouldn’t know much about each other’s lives, since we’re all so busy. I think we’d lose that connection to our kids and have no clue as to what’s going on with them.

Having dinner together is important: It’s the time we’re all together to bond and tell each other what’s going on in our lives.

A Family Built on Love

By adopting, we felt that we could really change these kids’ lives, help them pay it forward and be an inspiration to others, to think about helping other people and not just themselves. We may be unique, but blood doesn’t always make family: it’s love.

In the Richards’ kitchen

GE® 27.7 cu. ft. French-Door Refrigerator

GE® 27.7 cu. ft. French-Door Refrigerator

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GE® 30″ Free-Standing Gas Double Oven Range

GE® 30″ Free-Standing Gas Double Oven Range

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GE® 1.7 cu. ft. Over-the-Range Sensor Microwave Oven

GE® 1.7 cu. ft. Over-the-Range Sensor Microwave Oven

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