"Sometimes adventure calls and we ignore it. We miss the opportunity for a lifetime of memories. Go ahead, be adventurous" ~Maria Villanueva

December 26, 2010

My New Found Relatives

I hope everyone had a great Christmas.  I had the most unexpected Christmas gift of all time.  I found some new relatives! Is that not the greatest gift?  I have never met them or even heard of them.  I happen to find them by chance.

My mother had eleven children in all with two passing away at a very early age.  She does not like talking about this, so I don't know much about two who passed on.  My mother has always been a busy body, with nine children to raise, I can see why she would not have time for relatives outside her own large family.  My mother focused all her energy and attention to her nine children and her husband.  It is because of these reasons that I had not heard of my new found relatives.

It turns out that the relatives I have found, are my mother's cousin and her family.  And as I talked to my mother's cousin on the phone, on Christmas day, I realized that she was my aunt.  I think she was as excited as I was as we spoke on the phone.  We both could not stop talking and at the same time, wanted to hear everything the other person had to say.   It was exciting to hear that she and my mother spent a lot of time together in their teenage years and young adult lives.  I'm sure I'm going to learn a lot about my mother through her.  There are a million questions I have that I'm sure she will answer with time.

It is almost unbelievable that we only live a short distance away from each other.  After speaking with my new aunt on the phone,  I called my mom and it was no surprise to hear her excitement that I had made contact with her long lost cousin.   

~Did you have an unexpected gift this Christmas?


  1. how exciting for you! congratulations maria:)

  2. What a surprise - I would love to find some more of mine too - congrats. Sandie

  3. That's a great story! The internet has been a wonderful way for me to reconnect with my relatives in Texas and also friends from the past.

  4. What a blessing! Family is always we tresure, the more the merrier.

    Happy 2011 my friend, may the Lord bring you more blessings like this one.




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