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‘My mother traded my sister for a shotgun and pickup truck. I didn’t see her again for 35 years. One day, I got the clever idea to place an ad in the local newspaper. In 1 month, I got THE call.’

“We met at a run-down cafe and I asked all the questions that burned inside me. I was sitting directly across from her. This time, she couldn’t ignore me. I secretly hoped my suspicions were wrong, but the realistic side of me always said, ‘April, why else would she have stayed away?'”

‘This is weird, but I feel like I know you.’ My heart dropped. ‘Were you adopted?’ Yes. ‘How old are you?’ 40. ‘I gave birth to a child 40 years ago.’: Woman gives son up for adoption, runs into him 40 years later at supermarket

“The mutual dreams. The age. The feeling. It all seemed to align by some inexplicable magic. He didn’t speak. He only sobbed, my tears flowing with him. I was never a believer in miracles. But this? This felt like a miracle of the utmost kind. The universe brought us together. It’ll take an army to tear us apart.”

‘Let’s go get our kids!’ We didn’t have a plan. One by one, they entered the room.’: Woman survives mass shooting, ‘deadliest’ wildfire, adopts all of her nieces, nephews in wake of both of her siblings’ deaths

“‘It’s just fireworks.’ I look over my shoulder and see a girl with a gunshot wound in her head. Reloading, shooting, reloading, shooting. I kept saying to myself, ‘I shouldn’t be here, I have kids.’ A week later, the survivors planned a moment of silence at 10:04 p.m. I went outside, looked up at the stars. Suddenly, ash the took the sky. Our town was on fire. I’d just survived the worst mass shooting in American history, and we were now stuck in California’s deadliest wildfire.”

‘We fell into each other’s arms for our first hug ever in 31 years. There are no words. It was perfect.’: Woman meets birth parents after finding them on Facebook, finally ‘feels whole’ again

“I landed on the Facebook page of a man with big blue almond-shaped eyes eerily like my own. Could it be him?! Oh my God! My mind was racing a million miles a minute when my husband came home from work. He saw me on the couch, unshowered, shaking, with the world’s biggest smile plastered on my face. I couldn’t hold it in. ‘Babe! I think I found him!’ He didn’t even know I existed. I kept pinching myself to make sure this was real.”

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