Published: May 09, 2011 12:58 AM EDT
Updated: May 08, 2011 10:09 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- A mother in north Fort Myers shares with WINK News why being a mother is important to her.

"When I was 30 years old I thought I may never be a mother," said Mary Ihde, who tried to get pregnant for several years.

She was finally able to have a son after going through the in vitro fertilization process. Ihde said she felt blessed God gave her the chance to be a mother. But Ihde wanted to have more kids, so she decided to adopt.

"I can't imagine not having a house full of children," she said.

Ihde adopted Tina in 1995.

"I took Tina for one weekend and I said the next weekend I didn't want to let her go," explained Ihde. "Tina touched my heart."

Ihde also touched Tina's heart.

"My mom means everything to me," said Tina.

Andrew, 7, will officially be Tina's brother next week. That's when the adoption becomes legal.

"I love her," said Andrew, describing how he felt about his mother.

The family told WINK News that they felt lucky to be able to celebrate Mother's Day together.

Ihde also takes care of three other foster kids while social workers find homes for them.

She encourages people who are having a tough time conceiving to try adoption.