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Four years later

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By: Jenn Hatcher
jhatcher@klkntv.com

Four-years-ago Wednesday, the Heaton family, of Roca, grew by two.

They arrived in Omaha with their newly adopted children from Haiti.

This was just ten days after an earthquake rocked the kid's home country.

The Heaton's had been working to adopt the girls for years and after the earthquake feared the worst.

Today, Dieunette is 6-years-old and Bettania, 11.

Both have grown a lot since their move to Nebraska, not just physically, but mentally.

Something as simple as playing with dolls was unknown to them before they traveled to the U.S.

"You have the challenges of them adjusting and trying to help them work through things but it's so great to watch them grow and flourish," says mother Kristin Heaton.

Prior to 2010, Bettania had never been to school.

This year, she's in 6th grade and Dieunette started kindergarten.

Older brother Nathaniel says, "It's been fun to see how well they've adapted.  It's surprising to me, knowing what experiences they've been through in Haiti, how that all plays out.  They're just normal kids."

The girls are now able to live a life full of love, get an education and experience new things, like snow and ketchup.

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