Waiting for someone to answer felt like an eternity, but then my new sister Erin opened the door. It was incredible. And the new family kept coming.
My brother Eric, his wife Any and son Noah were next. My two moms hugged. And then finally, it was THE moment.
Leslie remembered, "Once you walked in the door, it was like 'Oh my God. Here she is.'"
And there she was. The woman who gave me my blue eyes, thick hair and "I can do it" attitude. There were pictures, gifts and many thank yous. It was a life changing day. Made even better by the fact that the mom who raised me was there to witness it all. I told her I didn't know how she would react.
She said, "It's something you needed to find out. It's your life. It's your history. How can I not share in the joy that you have and the wonderful story of finding your birth mother and it being a happy ending?"
This is my happy ending. My two moms, together at a table, laughing, talking, just being a part of each other's lives. I wouldn't be me without either of them. Maybe the new law will mean others can have their happy ending too.
"It really can just fill up all the spaces and give you an opportunity to have one more person in your life who will love you because I don't think there are any birth parents out there who don't love their children who were adopted," said Leslie. "I hope that people who see this go 'I'm going to take a risk.' You can't do things without risk but it can also be an incredibly beautiful story."
You can get started on finding your birth certificate by clicking this link. If you do, I hope your story ends as well as mine. Good luck!