Well, this weekend we traveled away from Chatham to the north side of Chicago. I was adopted at the early age of 5 days old but always was curious about my birth family. I found them when I was 18 but really kept my relationship with them separate from my adopted family because it was just a sensitive subject. Well, I’m 27 and realized that life if too short not to have a relationship with my birth family… including my sister.
I grew up as an only child with 2 parents that loved me very much… but it scared them to death … the idea of me finding my birth family and leaving them. I think as I have gotten older, they realize how much I love them, but there is still part of me that wants that relationship with my birth family. It doesn’t mean I love my mother and father any less, but everyone must realize that I am doing this for me.
So we traveled to the north side of Chicago to see my sister, her 5 ADORABLE kids, my birth mom and her father. Keeping in mind this was the first time I’ve seen any of them for 5 or 6 years (my own fault for not pursuing that relationship), we got our families together, introduced them to my husband and children. While it was a very laid back situation, it was a wonderful one to experience. Monyca’s youngest is 4 and my oldest is 2… so they got along great. Heck, all her children just coo’ed all over both of my little ones and I coo’ed over all 5 of them. What dolls!
In any case, see the picture below. I hope to get them all down to Chatham one of these days to experience our wonderful little town and the Springfield region.
Pictures: Pic 1- Liz, Monyca and Liz’s 2 kids… Pic 2- Caden (Liz’s son) and Lauren (Monyca’s daughter) – Gosh, they look alike!