The Duenes Family added two more to the bunch. A decision the two at the head of the household made after a lot of thought and prayer.
They adopted a brother and sister from the Texas Boys Ranch.  

Mary Duenes said, "Family is everything." If we don't have family we don't have anything."

The family recently got bigger. 

"We thought our family was complete before, it's not like something was missing, but in essence it was," she said.

The family relied on faith.

"Prayed about it and we thought that was the family we wanted," she said.

Last August, Mary and her husband acted on an instinct. They decided to adopt 16-year-old Isaia Montgomery and his sister Nataya.  

"If I had to describe them in one word, an overcomer," she said. They have overcome so much." 

The two siblings have stuck together. 

"Boys ranch was their third foster home," Duenes said. They have other siblings, but they have always stayed together, and that was something important to Isaia."

They battled a hard thing called life together.

"I feel as it's more than a bond," Montgomery said.  I was always there for her, and it was part of the reason why I chose to get adopted here. I feel like it is the right choice I made."

He and his sister now have a home.

"It's a since of relief, and joy," he said. It's a great sense of knowing that I actually have place where I can actually stay at for the rest of my life and have a place where I can call family." 

His family before was The Texas Boys Ranch.

"It was a good place to be," he said. It was fun everyone always being outside doing something."

This year, Montgomery will be a Junior at Roosevelt. The running back has a love for sports. He also has a new outlook on life.

"I realized how important it is to have more education beyond high school," he said.

"It is kind of something we wanted them to see," she said. Their past doesn't define them and they have every reason to succeed, and have a good future."

Duenes said the new family members have also taught them a thing or two.

"He has brought a lot into our home with that discipline," she said. "We watch everything we eat.  We don't drink soda, like we used." 

Texas Boys Ranch 40th annual Telethon 

What: Great entertainment and many stories of the work being done at the Texas Boys Ranch. 

When: Saturday, August 8 from 6 p.m. - 11 p.m.  

Where: Frenship High School Performing Art Center (902 N Dowden Rd., Wolfforth, TX) or watch it live on FOX 34.