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A DNA Reunion Follow-up – Tim meets his sister

My regular readers will likely recall that a couple weeks ago I did an article about my friend, Tim, who was adopted at birth and learned this at the age of 7. About 15 years ago he started working in earnest to discover who his birth mother was. He was not having much luck until last December when he learned about 23andme.com, a center that does genetic testing for health, disease and ancestry through a DNA test done with your saliva. On December 19, he sent in saliva samples from him and his daughter. A few weeks later he received his results. Although the test results did not provide any information about his natural birth mother, it did provide him with enough leads that he eventually found a Yahoo DNA group which was designed for people that were adopted or had put children up for adoption to discuss their DNA results. It was there that Tim met his search angel, Diana.

In what must have seemed like a whirlwind of events, Tim’s search angel, Diana, soon notified him that she had discovered Tim’s birth mother and a sister, Debby. After reaching out via Facebook, Tim and Debbie started talking and it was not long before Tim and his mother arranged a meeting for the end of January when she flew out to meet her son and granddaughter. Two weeks later, on Friday night, Debby flew to Los Angeles with her husband to meet Tim and his daughter. I was again invited to come out and photograph the meeting which you will find below. As you can see in the photos, everyone was happy to finally meet. Continue reading

Angel, DNA & Yahoo reunite mother & son after 44 years

A few weeks ago I saw a status update on Facebook, from my friend Tim, suggesting that he had recently discovered that he was related to the outlaw, Jesse James. I figured he was using Ancestry.com or something like that and like many that responded to his update, took it with a grain of salt. A little over a week ago, Tim posted another status update informing us that he was adopted and had learned of the whereabouts of his birth mother and a sister. This was followed with another update that he had spoken with his newly found sister, and then that his mother was coming to Los Angeles so the two could meet. Two days ago, Tim asked me if I would meet them at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and photograph the reunion. Naturally, I was extremely flattered to be asked and readily agreed to be there this afternoon for the reunion.

As I was walking the dogs this morning, I thought about the upcoming reunion and decided I would ask Tim if he would mind if I told his story as I am sure there are many others out there in his situation and I felt his experience might be of help to them. Tim immediately agreed, saying, “I want to give props to the people who helped me.” This is his story. Continue reading

Father’s Day 2012

It is Father’s Day, and it has been a very nice weekend. Thursday afternoon, my son called and informed me the family was headed towards the South Bay after attending the LA Kings’ Rally at Staples Center. He called asking for a good brewpub/gastropub locally that would have food for the kids as well as some nice craft beers. I named a few that we liked and he decided on The Rockefeller in Hermosa Beach. He then invited us to join them for a slightly early Father’s Day since he was working Sunday. The food, company and beer were outstanding.

Last night, Tanya had suggested that if I wanted to get her out of the house today I should find somewhere that she could take pictures of flowers. We had talked before about buying a membership at South Coast Botanical Gardens as their pass gives you access to 250 other arboretums across the country. Since the Descanso Gardens was included in those 250 locations, and there was a gastropub I wanted to try in Pasadena; combined with the fact that my daughter lives in Pasadena, today was the day. Continue reading

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