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Her three sons

Posted: Monday, May 20th, 2013

The French family stands on the steps of their Brookings home. From left to right are Jamison, Nick and Jeannie, with Jacob in front. Courtesy photo

Single SDSU prof always knew she wanted a family  so she found one

BROOKINGS It started with three empty bedrooms.

When Jeannie French moved into her house in Brookings 18 years ago, people asked why she chose one with so many bedrooms. Why would a single, ceramics professor at South Dakota State University want so much extra space? For French, the answer was simple: so there was room when she became a mother.

Nine months later, in May 1995, French stood in an airport terminal. One by one, passengers exiting the airplane walked past her until there were just two: a 9-month-old baby carried by a flight attendant. Passengers from the airplane stopped and snapped photos as the attendant handed French the baby. He was her adopted son. And she named him Nicholas.

For the complete article see the 05-20-2013 issue.

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