‘My Life Is Complete’: Sisters Reunited Through Genealogy Website


TO BREAK OUT THE SHOVELS AGAIN. WE’LL TAKE THE RED I GUESS. THANKS CHRIS. THEY WEREN’T LOOKING FOR EACH OTHER SINCE THEY DIDN’T KNOW THEY EXISTED. STILL TWO MINNESOTA SISTERS MANAGED TO FIND EACH OTHER ANY WAY. I CRIED ALL THE WAY HERE. I DIDN’T WEAR MAKEUP ON PURPOSE. I DID WEAR MAKEUP. SARAH JOHNSON AND LORI GILLILAND MADE THE CONNECTION A FEW MONTHS AGO. WE DISCOVERED TODAY IT SEEMS THEY HAVE KNOWN EACH OTHER MUCH LONGER. HAD NO IDEA. NONE WHATSOEVER. IT WAS ODD PUTTING THE FINISHING TOUCHES ON THEIR FAMILY TREE THAT BROUGHT HER TO THIS. SARAH NEVER EXPECTED HER AUNT’S SEARCH TO TURN UP SOMETHING LIKE THIS. SHE SAID YOU HAVE A SISTER. I WAS LIKE WHAT? WHERE? HOW? WHO? SARAH’S MOM WAS PREGNANT AT 19 AND PUT HER BABY UP FOR ADOPTION. TURNS OUT A CERTAIN SOMEONE WAS LOOKING FOR ANSWERS OF HER OWN. WE MET IN BRAINERD, THE HALF WAY POINT FOR US. WHAT’S HAPPENED SINCE HAS CHANGED BOTH THEIR LIVES. I WANTED YOU ALL OF MY LIFE. I CAN’T BELIEVE IT. THERE’S NO WAY TO SCRIBE IT. LORI LOST HER FOLKS A FEW YEARS AGO. YOU’RE LOOKING AT THIS PERSON WHO LOOKS LIKE YOU. YOU DIDN’T KNOW THEM A FEW DAYS BEFORE. ALL OF A SUDDEN, YOU HAVE A SISTER. IT WAS AMAZING. DO WE LOOK ALIKE? OH YES. NOW AT 57 AND 45, THEY HAVE NEW FAMILIES THEY’RE GETTING TO KNOW. LORI AND I HAVE THE SAME MANNERISMS AND LAUGH. WE LAUGH ABOUT THE SAME THINGS. IT’S REALLY COOL. I THINK ABOUT YOU EVERY SINGLE DAY. DON’T CRY. IT’S OKAY. AN INSTANT CONNECTION IN A WAY ONLY A SISTER CAN UNDERSTAND. I JUST FEEL LIKE MY LIFE IS COMPLETE. HOW’S THIS FOR ANOTHER COOL CONNECTION HERE? SARAH AND HER MOM HAVE THE SAME MIDDLE NAME JEAN BY PURE COINCIDENCE, LORI DOES TOO. LORI HAD A CLOSED ADOPTION. THEY WOULDN’T HAVE KNOWN THE PARENT’S NAMES. WHAT A GREAT STORY. I LOVE THEY HAVE THE SAME

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