For as long as she can remember, Beth Stewart of Mesa, Arizona, has known she was adopted.
The 43-year-old has always had the same question rattling around in her head: Who gave birth to her? Even though Beth hadn’t seen her biological mother since she was a baby, she still felt their connection.
As she grew up, her curiosity only got stronger. “Is that person who’s behind me in line or walking past me on the street my birth mother?” she said. “There’s always been that wonder.”
So at 18 years old, she decided to start searching. The only problem was that she didn’t have any information to go on, as her adoption record had been sealed. Still, she refused to give up, even after decades passed.
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After hitting roadblock after roadblock, Beth decided to join a DNA ancestry website. She knew it was a long shot, but incredibly, she finally got her answer!
The site linked her to Annette Gajewski — her birth mother! Even better, she soon learned that Annette had been looking for her too! In June, Beth flew to Traverse City, Michigan, where the two of them reunited for the first time in 43 years.
“It was like a million times better than the first time I ever held her,” Annette said later. “I just never thought the day would come.”
Annette had made the difficult decision to place Beth up for adoption in her early 20s. She had just gotten out of an abusive marriage and couldn’t care for her little one, but she never stopped thinking about Beth.
“She’s always been here, she’s always been in my heart,” Annette said.
Now the mother and daughter talk every day! And wherever they are, they’ll always have a reminder of each other. After they met, Beth got a flower tattoo to match her mom’s.
Not only has Annette reunited with her daughter, but she’s also gained a family, complete with two grandchildren! As for Beth, she couldn’t be happier to have her mom in her life!
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