In 1947 a teenage girl made the most heartbreaking and the most courageous decision a mother can make – she gave her child up for adoption. She loved the child with all her heart, but knew – in those times and in those circumstances – it was the right decision.
The child was adopted into a loving family and grew into the amazing man I am proud to call my husband.
After Christmas this year, through ancestry.com and DNA testing, Ted found his birth mother’s family and has begun to hear the stories about his mother (who passed away several years ago) and the wonderful family he is now so excited to claim as his.
Today we welcomed Ted’s first cousin Linda Lachmann Haney and her husband Mike to Mackinac. And, for the first time in his life, except for daughter Julie and grandchildren Jordan and Matthew, Ted wrapped his arms around someone whose blood flows ithrough his veins.
It was a moment words would only diminish . . . .
Sometime in the future Ted will sit down and tell the remarkable story about finding his family. But, for today and a couple of days to come, we’re going to spend our time just enjoying the process of getting to know this beautiful couple. In the weeks ahead we hope to meet more of the family (most of whom live in Michigan). It’s a very, very special summer for Ted.