When a tragedy left three children without anyone, a mother-of-5 opened her heart and her home to help her neighbors. Little did she or her husband know, that decision would result in them returning home to find their house was completely different than how they had left it.
Tisha Beauchmin, a Las Vegas bingo cashier and mother-of-five, knew there was only one possible answer when her neighbor Audrey asked her and her husband Kevin to be the legal guardians of her 3 kids. Audrey, a single mom of 3, was diagnosed with esophageal and stomach cancer, and she was desperate to find someone to care for her kids. After growing up in an orphanage herself, Tisha wasn’t about to let Audrey’s children with no place to go. So, the family of 7 quickly became a family of 10.
It all began when Audrey needed to go to the hospital to have some tests done, and she asked her next-door neighbor Tisha if her three children could spend the night at Tisha and Kevin’s house. The couple agreed to take the kids for the night, never imagining that the arrangement would become permanent. After Audrey was diagnosed with stage 2 esophageal and stomach cancer, however, she asked Tisha to be the legal guardian of her children if she did not survive her battle with the disease.
Audrey and her 3 children
Audrey passed away sooner than expected.
Although Tisha and Kevin had limited space in their home with 5 children of their own, they agreed to watch over Audrey’s children. Sadly, Audrey’s cancer progressed rapidly, becoming stage 4 in just a matter of weeks. Audrey thought she had a year to live, but not long after her diagnosis, she suddenly passed away. Even though adding 3 more people to their family wouldn’t be easy, Tisha and Kevin kept their promise to Audrey.
Having a huge family of 10 living under the same roof wasn’t something they could easily accommodate. Their living quarters were cramped with some of the children sleeping on recliners in the living room and in makeshift beds shoved anywhere they could find space. Unfortunately, this presented an unforeseen challenge for Tisha and Kevin. Until the children had real bedrooms, the couple’s adoption of the kids wouldn’t be approved.
Tisha Beauchmin went from a mother-of-5 to a mother-of-8.Tisha Beauchmin was forced to put beds wherever she could find space, even in an open area at the top of the stairs.
Elizabeth Thames, a neighbor of the two families, knew about the Beauchmins’ living conditions and decided something needed to be done. Unable to provide the help the family needed herself, Elizabeth sent a letter, nominating the family for Fox5 Surprise Squad. Moved by the story of how the two families became one, the Surprise Squad decided to visit the Las Vegas home to find out more about their situation.
“I don’t want them to ever have to deal with anything I had to deal with as a child because children deserve to be children. They’ve been through too much. They deserve a loving family and a place to call home,” Tisha explained before giving the Surprise Squad a tour of the house. “I can’t lose these kids. I might not have had them in my belly, but I have them in my heart,” Tisha said, adding that it was her goal to make sure they were a family of 10 forever. After hearing her desperation and seeing how the family was getting by, Fox 5 got to work.