Sunday, September 14, 2014

Meeting my Birth Mom

This is a topic I haven't talked about as much on this blog, but I'm excited to share with you. Last weekend, after a few years of emailing, my birth mother and I met for the first time. I also got to meet her family (she has two kids - my half siblings!) - some in person and some via FaceTime, but it was the culmination of 28 years of curiosity. 

Growing up, knowing I was adopted since I could remember, I was always naturally curious about my birth parents. What they were like, what common traits we shared, if our personalities were similar, etc. The whole nature vs. nurture thing always intrigued me. My parents have always been supportive of this curiosity and were excited when an opportunity arose to meet my birth mother. 

After finding out she had been battling cancerous brain tumors, my heart broke and I didn't want to miss out on a chance to get to know her, and allow her to get to know me. I also wanted to thank her in person for giving me life. I know she had options, and she chose to give me a life. It's amazing to think back on how different things would have been had she made another choice for my life. It's also neat to think through how her decision impacted my parents. They were given the child they couldn't have, and we've shared 28 years of life together so far! They also wrote I letter I read to her last weekend thanking her for the life she gave us, and she expressed thanks to them for being able to raise me. Such neat moments I bet we've all thought about experiencing "once day". I'm so thankful that day came! 

All of these thoughts and emotions were on my mind as we walked into lunch last Sunday to meet her. I already knew she had a generous and kind soul and it was so neat to just be there in each other's presence. To try to catch up on 28 years of curiosity, questions, etc. It was just the tip of the iceberg, but I feel like I get to know myself better when I get to know where I came from. It's such a neat experience. I'm so blessed to have been raised by a great loving family, and now, to get to know the one that brought me into this world. I'm still soaking it all up, but wanted to share with you a piece of my heart. 

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