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Thursday, March 1, 2012

BLOG WEEK: My beautiful sister Teresa

Teresa (1961-2012)
Meeting and getting to know my sister Teresa was the greatest gift in my life. I met her in 1994 when I met my dad Earl for the first time. She died yesterday at age 50.
I always wanted a sister and she was the very best for the past 18 years. I will be attending her funeral and conclude BLOG WEEK "Adoption Establishment" with this.

  1. Getting to meet siblings is life-changing.
  2. Knowing my first family and siblings helped me go full circle on my adoption journey to healing.
  3. Finding family who looked like me and loved me unconditionally was priceless.
I am glad I never gave up the search for my first family. My reunion happened 16 years after I started looking for them. I don't regret opening my adoption, despite the laws that prevented me and unwritten rules that said I should never search because it would hurt my adoptive parents.

Adoptees, please start your search if you haven't. FIND YOUR FAMILY! Write your legislators and tell them to open your adoption records. Contact Soaring Angels on Yahoo Groups and get your non-id paperwork. Don't wait, start today.

Trace/Laura Thrall-Bland

(I have a few more BLOG WEEK posts scheduled in the next few days)

6 comments:

  1. I am so sorry for your loss, Trace. Life is so laden with loss, especially for those of us whose first experience was losing our mother and family. When we find later in life, we gain long-missing dimensions of ourselves, indeed of life itself. But these are dimensions we get to keep even after losing those we've found.

    Every search is worth the risk, no matter the outcome. If we are to understand where we are on our own trail of tears, we need to know the starting point.

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  2. Thank you for the wisdom and good words. My heart thanks you at this sad time of mourning and loss. I have many good memories to hold.

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  3. I'm so sorry about your sister, so young and much too early to leave this world. I wish you could have had 18 more years with her.

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  4. Thank you Susie. I will see her again, someday...

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  5. Thank you Linda, it is very appreciated...

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