Although our family didn't come together in the traditional way, we have appreciated the unique story that comes with each child. We didn't go the international route, but we count three different states as birth places - Utah, Nevada, and Illinois. The personalities of each child are as vast as the ocean, but we have a good time together, sharing memories and laughing a lot. Our first two came to us through LDS social services, a private church-owned agency. Our middle child was a private, open adoption and the last two were fostered to us by the state, which turned into an adoption. Even though everything hasn't been "rosy" - it has been good.