KIRKLAND — Matthew and Kris Sierson wanted nothing more than a child in their life and finally met her in Russia.
The Siersons have been living in Kirkland for about eight years now and have been operating Ironwood Furniture in Clinton since 1998.
Kris said she and Matthew had tried to have a child of their own but were unsuccessful.
“I [finally] got the word from God that it was time to adopt,” she said. “A customer came in one day and told us about an adoption agency, and they were doing Russia at the time.”
In 2012, the Siersons left for Orsk, Russia, where they met two-year-old Sonya for the first time.
“It felt like the best thing in the world to finally meet her,” Matthew said. “You don’t know what life is until you have a child in it. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done.”
“It was so wonderful,” Kris added.
The Siersons were upfront with Sonya at a young age, letting her know at a young age about her origins.
“We told her since the beginning and kept nothing from her,” Matthew said.
Sonya’s a grown-up 12-year-old now and has a lot of good memories with her family and her home.
“I’m happy,” she said. “I like to play Minecraft and draw. I draw mostly horses because I like to ride horseback and take horseback riding lessons in the summer.”
Sonya said she’s being homeschooled at the moment and has several different teachers to help her with her studies.
Sonya’s parents said she had to leave her private Christian school, due to their concerns over the pandemic.
“We didn’t want her to go through school with COVID going on,” Matthew said. “We knew she was going to run into problems. We didn’t know what could happen.”
Overall, the Siersons are happy, and both Matthew and Kris are thankful to the community for their support.
“When we were going through the adoption process, all the customers knew about and helped us in any way they could,” Matthew said. “I’ve never seen people come together like that and help someone like that. Our customers came to our aid and helped us, whether it was buying furniture or donating clothing.”
But what even more surprised Matthew was that they kept coming back to see how Sonya was doing and how she was growing.
“They were all like family,” he said. “I didn’t expect it.”
And Sonya turned out to be the best birthday present for Matthew, who had turned 50 at the time.
“When every guy turns 50, they want a Harley-Davidson,” Matthew said. “I wanted a daughter.”
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