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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Blessed with Biological Family

Over the last year, I've felt a great calling to connect with biological family.  I was raised within my little family of four far away from all other relatives.  For my children, I wanted to share with them more of my biological family to complement my partner's large extended family.

Connecting with my grandmother, I finally attended her family reunion near Salt Lake City, where I met all five of her siblings, ranging in age from 73 to 90.  As an added miracle, I met 40 new relatives on my mother's side while there.

In late summer my daughter and I traveled to Missouri for my cousin's wedding.  While there I met two more of my father's four siblings.  (Only one left to meet!)  I hadn't seen them since I was five years old, so long ago I couldn't recall recall their faces.  We met most of their children and grandchildren.  I fell in love with these 25 new people on my father's side.  Our hearts were so open, joyous, and grateful to be together that happy tears were a large part of our time together.

It feels like this year I began with my little family of four and transitioned into the middle of an immense gathering under a family tree.  My relations have their detailed quirks, as do we all, though they love me.  I feel it, I see it, I openly embrace it.  We fall from the same tree.  We look alike and act alike.  I recognize this huge privilege of connecting with living, loving relatives.  Some of my friends only have a few living relatives or have such disconnection bridges have been burned.  To connect with biological family is a true gift.  It is such a miraculous privilege and blessing for my little family to connect with a larger biological family.  For my family, large and small, I give great thanks.

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