Thursday, December 8, 2011

a brother for christmas

my sisters and I in 1989

My world flipped and turned upside down a couple of months the best, most incredibly exciting way.  I found 29 years old...I have an older brother.

A older brother. 

Something my little sisters and I would talk about rather frequently in our childhood days.  I remember begging our parents for an older brother....obviously we knew our demands would never be met...but we would verbalize these desires regularly.  No joke.  And then when we were older, we would comment about how "perfect" our family was...and how amazing and lucky we were to have each other...but how completely amazing it would have been to have a big brother.  Seriously.  We would have those conversations.

And.  Well.  It looks like all of those stars we wished on were listening.

One of my parents had a child while in college; that beautiful baby boy was put up for adoption.  How they were able to keep such a secret from us is unreal - as we are a very close knit clan - it must have been one of the hardest things in the world to do.  Through much perseverance my brother found our family...'twas not an easy task.  (Well, to give credit where credit is due, his wife had a lot to do with the actual "finding.") 

He has the shape of my grandfathers eyes, and my sisters smile...he looks like my brother.  It's amazing.  Oh.  And not only do I have a brother...but I have a sister in law...and two nieces and two nephews. 

Tomorrow, my family meets him for the first time. So bummed I'm not there.

Can you even believe this?  Life is full of the most fantastic surprises.


  1. Jes, this is too cool! I'm dying to know details. Does he live in AZ?

  2. Amazing. I hope this is the beginning of a great sibling relationship.

  3. Wow!!! How exciting! :) I have an older half brother too. I've known him my whole life but when he was about nine he came to live with us... So it was almost like getting a brother for Christmas. :)

  4. Gosh I was the cutest baby in the whole world! lol And yayyy for our new super amazing big brother!

  5. Whoa. What an unexpected piece of news. I hope he's smart, kind, fun, and awesome. Here's to many wonderful years w/ the brother you never knew you had!

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  7. How awesome and surprising! Must have been incredibly hard to keep that secret and how amazing to have all those childhood wishes come true! Congratulations!

  8. What a wonderful surprise! I hope that your brother is able to understand the LOVE that was behind his adoption. It is an amazing thing that many people can't do.... he is truly blessed to be meeting your (HIS) family!

  9. How wonderful...what a fabulous Christmas gift, having found long lost family!



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