Couple tells loved ones they’re adopting 4 siblings in sweet video

A North Carolina couple has captured the hearts of their family and friends after announcing that they’d be adopting four siblings.

“I didn’t want to do the typical, ‘Hey guys, we’re adopting’ Facebook announcement,” Tammy Waltz of Charlotte, North Carolina, told ABC News. “I wanted something I could always remember and I wanted something that my kids remembered.”

Waltz said she and her husband Drew fell in love with a group of brothers and sisters, three boys and one girl, after hosting them for the Christmas holiday and five weeks over the summer.

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A friend of Tammy and Drew Waltz of Charlotte, North Carolina, reacts to Tammy Waltz telling her that she and her husband will be adopting four siblings from overseas.

The couple acted as the kids’ host family through Opens Hearts and Homes for Children, a non-profit organization that help children in Eastern Europe experience life outside of the institutional setting in American homes.

“We are thrilled that our program brought together this special family and these orphaned children, and so excited for the impending adoption that will keep these children together,” a spokeswoman from Opens Hearts and Homes wrote to ABC News in an email.

“They are so, so sweet. They’re loving, extremely affectionate,” Waltz said about the siblings. “They have their moments, but it doesn’t deter us. They are awesome kids.”

When they had to leave the Waltz’s home, the couple decided they wanted them to come back.

“After [Christmas] they came over for summer,” Waltz said, “It was soon after they left when we decided that we were going to adopt.”

Starting in March, Waltz said she began recording the reactions of her loved ones they learned she and Drew decided to officially adopt the four siblings.

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Michelle Ziner of Charlotte, North Carolina, reacts to her friend Tammy Waltz telling her the news that she and her husband Drew Waltz will be adopting four siblings from overseas.

She showed the video to the children once it was completed.

“They were excited,” Waltz recalled. “They had been asking us for quite a bit if we were going to do it, if they were going to stay with us forever.”

Michelle Ziner, friend of the Waltz family and the North Carolina, South Carolina coordinator for Open Hearts and Homes for Children, appears in Waltz’s adoption announcement video.

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Tammy and Drew Waltz of Charlotte, North Carolina, created a video compilation of their family and friends’…

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