I Have a Sister Named Julie

54 years ago, a 19-year-old young woman gave birth to a baby girl. She only held her once as she was advised not to bond with her before she gave the baby up for adoption under an assumed name.

That 19-year-old was my mother.

Mom told me the story when I was about the same age—19. In the decades since, she has searched for that baby girl via letters and adoption registries, mitochondrial DNA, and a classified ad on what would have been her daughter’s 40th birthday. But the hospital she was born in no longer exists, and the baby’s birth certificate, which contained my mother’s real name, was sealed… until just recently.

Last Friday, my assistant Cindy texted:

“You might want to take a look at Facebook message.”

Me: “Which one?” (I am notoriously behind on all my e-mail.)

Cindy: “The one about your mom.”

I logged on and found this message: “ My name is Julie, and I have reason to believe your mother is my birth mother.” She included her e-mail and phone number. I texted my mom, e-mailed her the message, and then called her.

“I’m calling her now!” mom said.

I texted my sister (asleep on the East Coast) while I waited. A little while later, Mom called me back.

“It’s her,” she said.

I talked to Julie that evening for just a few minutes. “Mom’s been looking for you for a long time,” I said. I wanted her to know.

Julie is, herself, a mother and grandmother (“I’m a great-grandmother!” Mom said) who grew up with parents married for 64 years. We hope to all meet in person early next year. I’m so happy for us all, but especially for Julie and Mom.

Love you, Mom. Love you, Julie. I can’t wait to meet you.

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  • John de Sousa
    Posted at 22:52h, 04 January Reply

    How deeply touching. Such a gracious gift from God. Congratulations!

  • Bonnie Lacy
    Posted at 17:05h, 16 December Reply

    Wow. Beautiful!

  • Gretchen K Engel
    Posted at 07:07h, 16 December Reply

    What a beautiful story! Christmas miracle indeed!

  • Ian Acheson
    Posted at 04:56h, 16 December Reply

    A Christmas miracle indeed, Tosca. How wonderful.

  • Sharee
    Posted at 22:47h, 15 December Reply

    Soooo amazing!!!

  • Marty G
    Posted at 21:07h, 15 December Reply

    What a wonderful Christmas gift for all!!!

  • RJ Metcalf
    Posted at 21:06h, 15 December Reply

    I’m tearing up! That is so wonderful, and such amazing timing. (before the holidays) Congrats on finding your sister. <3

  • Josh H
    Posted at 20:29h, 15 December Reply

    So awesome!

  • Patricia Beal
    Posted at 20:26h, 15 December Reply

    How wonderful! 🙂

  • Deanna Owens
    Posted at 20:22h, 15 December Reply

    Tosca, this is your story? What a wonderful gift. A sister found, a daughter found. Your mom must be so happy, scared and nervous. We look forward to hearing the rest of your story.

    Posted at 20:09h, 15 December Reply

    Fanastic! But why wait ’til next year? Go now!

  • Mikal
    Posted at 19:55h, 15 December Reply

    I have the chills! So, SO happy for all of you! ❤

  • Julie Benham
    Posted at 19:52h, 15 December Reply

    I’m so honored to be a part of your family and can’t wait to meet you all in person! This is something I’ve only dreamed of!
    Love you too!

  • Wanda scott
    Posted at 19:47h, 15 December Reply

    Outstanding!! God is awesome!

  • Ronie
    Posted at 19:24h, 15 December Reply

    Beautiful!!!! *goosebumps*

  • Mark Carver
    Posted at 19:18h, 15 December Reply


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