Nothing compares to taking on the role of parenting two toddlers. So when Christie Mullin approached her husband, U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., suggesting they adopt twin girls, he had his answer prepared. He didn’t realize then that his life would soon change dramatically, despite his resistance.
“I said, ‘No babe, don’t even go there,’” Mullin told The Oklahoman. “I said, ‘Look, do you remember I’m in D.C. all the time now? Do you remember that you’re raising three kids by yourself? Do you remember you just recently had to pull your first calf? You remember you’re taking care of the farm now? Do you remember how much more responsibilities you have with the business now? Do you remember all these different responsibilities?’”
The girls were born into “kind of a bad situation,” according to The Oklahoman, and had been living in separate homes since they were infants. They were left in the care of their great-aunt and great-grandmother, both of whom are Christie Mullin’s distant relatives.
The congressman’s wife told him to pray about it.
The Mullins invited the twins to their home for Christmas, and the “beautiful little blond girls” charmed him, Markwayne
MullIn told The Oklahoman. “I saw the twinkle in her eye and said, ‘Aw crap.’”
“If you talk to anybody, they say twins need to be together,” he added. “The bond between them is just amazing.”
Mullin continued to talk about what soon became a life-altering experience for the entire family.
“People say, ‘Man, you’re going to be such a blessing to those girls,’” Mullin said at a town hall meeting last week, according to The Hill. “And I’m going to tell you right now — if you’re someone who’s thinking about adoption — you’re going to be blessed more by them than you will ever be a blessing to them.”
The girls, Ivy and Lynette join the Mullins’ other three children, Jim, 9; Andrew, 8; and Larra, 5. The adoption was final on Aug. 21, and Mullin said his family “could not be happier.”