I won’t go into too much detail right now, because I don’t want to jinx it, but trust me, when you give up…throw in the towel…know you are at the end of the road…God has His own plans and will prove you wrong!
After almost six years of waiting on matching DNA results, hoping for the impossible, giving up, almost pulling those results from the database…I found a 2nd cousin on my mother’s side, who provided me with INCREDIBLE photos of our shared ancestors from the 1870-1880’s. I found a 2nd cousin from my father’s side who is an awesome woman, we share an incredible sense of humor, along with other quirks. I found out when you don’t have a full sibling in anyone else, your nephew from a half sibling can show up as a first cousin instead of a nephew, 100% confirmed because you were there when your half sibling was pregnant and she delivered your nephew. And then…
You find a nephew from your FATHER’S SIDE OF THE FAMILY. The ensuing correspondence and research leads you to half siblings–three sisters, a brother, so far at least one nephew, one niece…and a whole treasure trove yet to unfold.
I feel like I’ve won the lottery! The unbelievable rush of adrenaline, the high from the discovery hasn’t gone away in the last five days–sleeping is a challenge. I’m going to meet some of my sisters face-to-face later this week. They’ve been so sweet, so welcoming…I can’t believe it is finally here…I’VE FOUND THE MISSING PATERNAL BRANCH OF MY FAMILY TREE.
I’ll post more later, but right now I’m just riding the incredible rush of FINALLY, after all these years, after giving up…the mystery is finally solved.
I wasn’t hatched. I’ve found the paternal side of my family.
Thank you, God, for giving me this absolutely astonishingly, incredible gift! Thank You for not letting me go to the end of my life, not knowing.
Thank You from the depths of my soul.