Often times the best things we find in life are not the things we are searching for. Such was my experience when I went searching for my ancestry.
In my last video blog I made a point about my place in life being attributed to hard work rather than luck. While I stand by that wholeheartedly, there is one area I consider myself extremely lucky… my family.
My parents went to great lengths to have my sister and I using a sperm donor. I have always felt loved and supported in every endeavor I have pursued. I grew up with the most amazing sister anyone could ask for. We bickered, we fought, we didn’t share our toys – we did all the ornery things sisters should do. In the end we became best friends.
One year ago I was having a drink with a buddy who had just received his results from a website called 23andme. It broke down his ancestry into a very detailed chart. Although I knew I was “white”, I wanted to know what shade! So I submitted my DNA to discover my ancestry.
To my surprise I found a brother! This brother could have been absolutely anyone, and any type of person. But when we finally met we had an instant connection. I don’t believe in fate, or in things happening “for a reason”, but I can say that our discovery of one another came at the most auspicious time for us both. We were going through major life changes, and to find a new sibling was like finding a complete stranger who you could confide in without judgement. I often joke that whatever he thinks of me, he can’t “un-sister” me!
And with the addition of a brother came 3 more little relatives. I am a self proclaimed “Super-Aunt”! I now have 3 nieces and 3 nephews. And I’m just the crazy gypsy Aunt living in her teardrop trailer who drops by every once in awhile! I believe it is my solemn duty to instill a sense of wonder, imagination, and adventure in each of these little buggers.
When 23andme heard our story, they were moved and wanted to document it. We were both honored to share our story, and now I am happy to introduce…
Sharing our story with the film crew was a fun experience! Here are some behind the scenes photos: