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Midland family celebrates Thanksgiving with newest family member

One Midland family has a special guest at their table, but this year she will be sitting in a permanent seat. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

MIDLAND, Mich. - Many families here in Mid-Michigan are cooking the night away, getting ready for their Thanksgiving feast.

One Midland family has a special guest at their table, but this year she will be sitting in a permanent seat.

Many mothers and daughters spend Thanksgiving eve cooking up family recipes, but for 4-year-old Anah this dish is a special one.

It's her first time celebrating Thanksgiving as a Baker and she has a shirt to prove it.

"[It says] Adoption Day with 'Baker' on the back," Anah said.

Anah is clearly excited, but she isn't the only one.

"We were ready to have her be a part of our family forever," adoptive mother Amanda Baker said.

After fostering little Anah for 20 months, Tuesday Chris and Amanda Baker were finally able to call her theirs just in time for the holidays.

"We're very blessed and thankful to have her with us and know that she's here forever," Amanda said.

Even with a full house of teenagers, Amanda said it was easy to make room for this spunky, little thing.

When Anah was asked what she's thankful for this Thanksgiving, she looked at her new mom and smiled.

The Bakers said their full house has a little more room, so they plan to keep their fostering license open in case another child's in need of an emergency placement.

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