With summer classes and Devin’s promotion on the table this summer, we decided that we needed to go for every weekend road trip within our grasp; we started out the summer by going to Arkansas, drove to Memphis to see a cousin’s sealing, and went to a wedding in the Smokeys.
My biological cousin invited me to come to Florida for a surprise birthday party. They are really hilarious so anytime we have an offer, we go!
When I went to college, I never would have fathomed how open my adoption would become. My parents were always supportive of me having relationships with my biological family, but I had no idea that when I transferred to BYU that my cousin was starting her first year of there too. Additionally, it was so surreal when I opened a church magazine and saw that my biological Aunt lived in Salt Lake City just 45 minutes away.
I was so nervous driving to Salt Lake to meet my Aunt and Uncle! They were so nice and slowly I met other members in the family. Her granddaughter Lauren and I became friends, we’ve gone down to visit her parents a few times, and last summer Sharon invited us to her family reunion in Yellowstone.
I feel incredibly blessed to have been able to visit with Devin and to be able to say hi to everyone. The older I become the fewer questions I have about adoption, but simultaneously, the more in-awe I am in how naturally their family does treat me; additionally, my parents are always humored when I tell them about funny things I do that I have noticed others in my biological do as well. I know that everyone doesn’t have this opportunity when they are adopted, nor would they perhaps be interested in it, but I am very appreciative of the connections and love I have felt!
Needless to say, Lauren and I kept laughing when people asked how we were related at her Dad’s birthday party.