Taunton Family Children's Home Continues to Expand

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Wewahitchka- Thirty-four year old Diana Taunton and her sisters enjoy spending time together.

"This has been my whole life, my whole world," said Diana Taunton, daughter.

Diana lives at the Taunton Family Children's Home -- a facility built for kids who have no place to go due to various circumstances.

In 1974, David Taunton married his wife Abigail and together they set out to build the house.

"Well I was raised one of 13 kids and had a wonderful mom and dad. I just wanted to have a big family to start with. We were going to take in about 15 kids and that was going to be our family," said David Taunton, Taunton Family Children's Home.

In 1978, the Taunton's adopted their first child.

Then came Diana. Then dozens more.

After more than 35-years raising children, the Taunton's are now turning their family over to Diana.

"My mom, dad and grandparents should be grandparents and should be able to relax a little bit. And enjoy the fruits of their labor, said Diana.

Diana was adopted when she was 6 months old and says she wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the two people she considers her parents.

"It’s been amazing. I can't imagine where my life would've been if I hadn't been here. I don't think it would've been very good. I don't think I would've been able to go to college and play the sports that I got to play, definitely."

The house was built with over 10,000 square feet of living space and today there have been several new additions.

They have added more rooms, a gym and even a putt putt golf course.

Diana is now married, has a child and says she hopes she can continue her parent’s legacy.

"I just hope I do a good job. If I could do a quarter of what they have done, I feel like this place will be flourished and be blessed, and what god intended it to be."

They are also constructing a house for when David and Abigail Taunton retire.

The Taunton family is hosting their 4th annual family festival on Saturday, May 10th.

The day will start with a 5K run, volleyball tournament and much more.

All proceeds go to the Taunton family children's home.