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Number of posts : 209
Age : 52
Localisation : Germany
Registration date : 2009-01-03

PostSubject: Reunited   Sun Jan 18, 2009 11:21 am

Something I posted on another site that I thought I should share here as well.

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I mentioned here once on the Den that I grew up without parents. Since
I was three I've only seen my mother once. I also have two half
brothers I've never seen before. A third brother and I were split up by
the state when I was ten and I've never seen him since. Five months ago
I hired an American private investigator through an agency here in
Germany. Two months before Christmas she Fed Exed me the telephone
number, address and some photos of the youngest half brother. After I
made contact with him I found out that he and his wife had been looking
for me for several years. They had created accounts in MySpace and
Facebook with their names listed so as to make it easy for me to find
them if I ever looked. I, unfortunately, didn't know his last name
which is the reason why I would have never found them that way. He had
been in contact with my other two brothers and most importantly my
mother. I couldn't believe it, it was like winning the lottery.

My mother was sixteen when I was born. Shortly after, she landed out on
the street with no support from family. She turned to drugs and
prostitution which resulted later in the placement of all children she
had in the Foster Care system. Apparently a few years ago her youngest
son decided enough was enough and took her away from all the mess she
was in and moved from California to Idaho. My youngest brother lives
there now with his wife, five kids and my mother. Three weeks before
Christmas I called the half brother in Idaho. We talked for about an
hour before he decided to give the receiver to our mother. I could hear
him talking in the background, "Mom there's someone who wants to talk
to you". She asked who it was, and he replied your oldest son. There
was a pause and then I heard her break down and cry. She cried for ten
minutes before she could take the receiver, and when she did I said,
"Hi mom it's Keith". She dropped the phone and cried again. My brother
had to pick it up and hold it to her ear, and between her tears all she
could say was, "I'm sorry" over and over again.

I can't really put into words the emotions of that moment, but I can tell you that was the best Christmas present I've ever had.

A lot of information has since come into the light. I found out that my
father lives in California. I haven't made contact with him
thing at a time. My wife has been extremely supportive. I guess without
her I probably would have just broken apart in small emotional pieces
over all this.

I don't hold a grudge against my mother. I've made some bad decisions
in life, but I have also made some very good ones. I believe God has
blessed me with a wonderful wife and three kids and I have a good life
regardless of the past. Situations in my mother's life spiraled out of
control after she became pregnant at fifteen. The fault lies with the
family who refused to help her at a time when she desperately needed it.

Why am I writing all of this in a gaming forum? Since this all happened
I purposed to let anyone who would listen know that life can take a
turn for the better. Even if you have lost your identity, and you have
no family foundation to build on you can still make it. Your legacy can
be the life you yourself build from the lessons you pull from the ashes
and from the blessings that fall from the sky. Not to boast but since I
left the Foster Care system at seventeen, I have achieved a masters
degree in Law Enforcement, was employed by the U.S Air Force, made some
investments that have contributed to my early semi retirement, married
a fantastic woman (16 years married) and fathered three wonderful kids.
You can do it too, just don't lose hope.

We have a family reunion planned for the summer...I'll let you all know how it turned out.
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Age : 50
Localisation : Seattle
Registration date : 2007-02-08

PostSubject: Re: Reunited   Sun Jan 18, 2009 2:30 pm

Wow that is an amazing account! (and I thought my reunion with my brith Father was emotional). Just goes to show that even with the roughest of beginnings can lead to a happy and fruitful life. Especially if we build the foundation for that life on Jesus.

Certianly let us know how it goes.

"I used to be indecisive.......... Now I'm not sure."
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Number of posts : 2068
Age : 50
Localisation : Carthage, TN
Registration date : 2007-04-28

PostSubject: Re: Reunited   Sun Jan 18, 2009 3:26 pm

That is GREAT news!!!!!

I'm thankful that I never had anything like that to deal with. Alldat and I had both our parents right there the whole time. If not, we wouldn't have hated each other so much and ended up great brothers/friends.
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Age : 48
Localisation : Tennessee
Registration date : 2007-01-30

PostSubject: Re: Reunited   Sun Jan 18, 2009 6:16 pm

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I'm thankful that I never had anything like that to deal with. Alldat and I had both our parents right there the whole time. If not, we wouldn't have hated each other so much and ended up great brothers/friends.

I have to agree with Sabidoo on this. We've never been split up, but we've had our differences. You learn to fight like cats and dogs when two boys have to share the same room all the time! But, even as screwy as our lives might have been growing up, we're much better friends as adults than we ever were brothers as kids.

Love ya', bro.! Ok, enough with the gushy-gushy man love.

Let's blow something up now!


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