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DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Carrie Elliott, carrying Jackson, left, and Gracen while Colin and Mykah play on the sofa. Carrie has three biological children with her husband, Chris, but the couple also decided to adopt a sister and brother from Africa, where they both had done missionary work.
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Chris and Carrie Elliott have three biological children -- Colin, 8, Madeline, 6, and Gracen, 4 -- and two other children -- Mykah, 6, and her brother, Jackson, 5 -- who were adopted from Swaziland. From left: Madeline, Chris, Jackson, Mykah, Colin, Gracen and Carrie. Colin is holding their pet rabbit, Scout.
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM Mom Jaydee Wagner, left, Tori, grandmother Dee Jay Louis, Taz and dad Jolon Wagner. Five-year-old Tori is a happy kindergartener who takes swimming lessons and enjoys musical theater. Though Taz, now 4, has a heart condition that has to be monitored, he is just as active as other kids his age.
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM Hawaii Kai couple Jaydee and Jolon Wagner adopted Tori, left, from China, and Taz, from Inner Mongolia.