Friday, July 17, 2009

My Oldest Grandson

This is my youngest son Matt with Julia. I took this picture a couple of years ago at Christmas, but I blogged about him last June here. DD Chris gave up her baby for adoption shortly after her 16th birthday. June 10th, John's birthday, is always a rough one for us, so last year she decided to look for him online.
And she found him on MySpace. John had just turned 22 last summer. Matt was beside himself, wanting contact. After reading his profile, Matt was stunned at how much alike they are, not just in looks. Chris and I felt that contact would be a breach of trust, and Matty respected his sister's wishes.

I don't use Gmail very often, just for Facebook, but last night I popped to see if I had missed any FB comments, and found a message from John's parents, asking if they could initiate contact. They felt that John needed contact with his biological family. I replied, and this morning found this mesage in my inbox. I wish we had gone with Matt's instincts. I am on pins and needles, waiting.

Dear Sharon,

Thank you for writing. We have been crying… we’ve been waiting with John for this contact. He will be thrilled.

I wrote to Chris. We are about to leave for Atlanta and will be back next Wednesday eve.
John has gone to class and will be out at 12:45 today. We will let him know then and forward your emails to him. He has no classes next week.

Your blog was unbelievable. Yes, Matt and John look like twins. In Chris’ book for John, we always have seen the similarities with Chris, too. I looked at her face book page and asked to be a friend…. Her photo in costume is definitely a John pose.

We can’t tell you how happy we are to have heard from you and Chris. We have been so thankful to all of you for entrusting John to us. We love him so much.
God bless all of you,
Karen & Paul


Minya said...

I didn't blog it because I knew you would :)

Hurry up and wait
Hurry up and wait

Valerie said...

Whoa! Nothing calm about retirement at your house. Wildfires, long lost loved ones...what's next!?

Michelle said...

Oh man, now I'm all choked up! I must not have known you when you blogged about this last year, because that post was a new one for me. I am so thrilled for all of you that John and his parents want contact! I do think you were right to wait on their initiative, though. May this bring new richness to all your lives - and not any extra heartache.

vlb5757 said...

How wonderful for you and your family to have contact. Please don't leave us hanging. We will want to hear every detail and see a family photo! Who wouldn't have tears after reading any of this??

Fiber Floozie said...

Wow how cool is that. It's great to hear that he and his parents want to have more contact with you.

Mim said...

GREAT, to know he has such a wonderful family and they want to meet you. Looking forward to the rest of the story.

Hilary said...

wow, you have brought tears to my eyes.....good for you, good for your family.

beadlizard said...

It doesn't get any better than that. Off to blow my nose. You and your family and extended family are gems.

Birdsong said...

Life is sweet, though sometimes it takes a long time to get to taste it. My heart is filled for you. I hope the fires are better too.

MiniKat said...

How amazing. Here's to many happy times with an even larger family.

Kathy said...

This is absolutely wonderful! :)