When Diana Johnson was a little girl, her mother would tell a story about a man who lived on the hill above their family farm. According to the local tale, this man was the richest in the entire world because he had 18 children. At the time, this puzzled Johnson, as his house seemed rather ordinary. But now, she knows exactly what her mother meant.
With open and loving arms, Johnson, an adoption counselor at New Hope Family Services, and her husband of 39 years, Dave, a retired deputy fire chief, have welcomed 29 children into their Tully home. Yes, 29. Or what Dave fondly refers to as their “League of Nations.” Together they have reared 17 (three “homemade” and 14 adopted) and fostered 12 newborns, along with young birth mothers in crisis, while waiting for their latest international adoption to process.
“I feel like the richest lady in the world. The most treasured thing you will ever have is your children,” Johnson said. “We’ve lived in the same house for 28 years. It’s not a fancy house but it’s served us well.” More