I have been a bit MIA this last week because I made a very unplanned trip to a little outback town in Queensland, it was 2 plane flights and a 4 1/2 hour drive.
Why would I go to such lengths you may ask? Well to meet my "new" eldest sister.....46 years ago my parents were forced to adopt out their first child, unmarried mothers were not given much choice back then. They later married and had 4 more children, but for the last 20 years or more they have been looking for each other, last week we found her, 3 days later we were all on a plane to meet her and her family. I cannot begin to describe the joy when we all met, it is amazing to look into the face of a person you have never met and instantly know they are family and they are a part of you. The next amazing thing is the overwhelming love that bubbles up inside you.
When I look at these pictures it just feels like she has always been there.
The first meeting of Mum, Dad and daughter
The family together at last
Sisters... from left, my younger sister, me, my older sister, my eldest sister, the only one missing is my youngest brother who unfortunately could not get there.
I can tell you right now, there was NO denying she is part of our family, I see each of us in her face, mannerisms and the way she talks.
Again I know this is more about my personal story, but when I started this blog I started it for me and this last week was such an amazing experience for all of us I just could not keep it in.
The most wonderful thing is that when we found her, we also gained 2 granddaughters/nieces and 2 great grandchildren.....that makes me a great Aunt......I am preferring Awesome Aunt, makes me feel less old :)
Anyway that is the wonderful reason why I have been a bit out of touch and I am so happy to have this wonderful person in my life now.
I want to say a big thank you to my bloggy friends who went through this with me, you know who you are and I am thankful everyday that I had your support.
I have read many blog posts about people who are thinking about adoption or are currently in the process of adopting. I need to say that although we haven't had the chance to meet here adoptive family we are so thankful that they brought her up in a loving family.
So I will finish this post with a big thank you to those people who adopt with love in their heart, you are very special people.