Christie Jameson and her husband, Alva, have adopted 35 children. That’s right!  35 children – most of whom have special needs. After having two biological children, Christie talked with Alva about her heartache at losing her brother in their teen years. Her desire to help children and youth in need was intense. Together, the Jamesons took in children who no one else wanted. “Of the 35 we took in, we’ve lost 12,” she says. “Every time, it’s heart-wrenching, but if I had to do it all over again, I would. They deserved every happiness they could get in the short time that they were here. They brought a lot of joy into my life.”

Christie Jameson told People Magazine that she and her husband worked hard and didn’t take assistance to raise the children.  “Alva worked as an accountant, and for 15 years, I cleaned toilets and mopped floors at our church to bring in a little extra to augment his salary,” she tells PEOPLE.

“We’ve always made our own meals and lived a very simple life. But it’s been a good life, a happy life. Nobody has ever gone wanting.”

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