The newest member of the Smale family wouldn’t stop smiling.
At home in Goshen the other day, 11-year-old Bronté’s face lit up as she posed for a picture with her parents and sisters. She wore the same happy expression while swaying back and forth on a tree swing and riding a three-wheel bicycle in the driveway.
“Mollie’s my new mom,” the girl said, hugging Mollie Smale, who is 50. Then, she hugged her new father, Jeffrey Smale, 51, the pastor of Madeira Baptist Church.
The Smales adopted Bronté, who has Down syndrome, from a Colorado foster home last month, bringing the number of children in their family to seven.