Finding Family

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ONE OF MY FAVORITE FAMILY STORIES. dgg

This story isn’t sad or depressing, but it’s worth the read. Out of all of the sadness I have experienced in the last month, this is the ray of light my daddy left me. In August I met my “new” brother.As a complete surprise to us all, my daddy had fathered a child before he met my mother. He never got a chance to meet his son because the girl was sent away to give birth and put the baby up for adoption.

Fifty-two years later this grown man begins the search for his birth parents. He had a wonderful life with his adoptive parents and always knew he had been adopted, but never felt anything except wanted and loved. His adoptive parents both passed away so he decided to search for his birth parents. Sadly, when he found his birth mother she had just passed away a few months before.

After genetic testing and a lot of research, Kenneth found out who his birth father was – my daddy, John Lawrence Graham. At first, the uncertainty and questions came flooding in, but it didn’t take long to realize that Kenneth is definitely one of the family.

My daddy was so proud of his new-found son. They were able to spend time together twice before daddy got really sick. In Kenneth’s words, “When I first met John I was hoping for a handshake and conversation, what he gave me was a big smile, a warm hug, and sharing of personal experiences in his life.”

Because Kenneth lives in Tennessee, he was with us at the hospital as much as he could be. He took turns with us sitting with daddy during the day and at night, he was there when daddy slipped out of his earthly body and he will be with us as long as he can stand us. God’s timing is perfect.

It was almost as if my daddy was waiting on every detail of his life to come to perfection. His family was complete on earth, so it was time for daddy to move to Glory Land so that his body could be healed and he could rejoice with Jesus over his complete family. Thank you God for loving me so much that you gave me this earthly family.

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JohnSusan Combs Nicholson
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JohnSusan Combs Nicholson Gods timing is always perfect. I hope you are ok. Love you

Amy Anderson Hydrick
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Amy Anderson Hydrick That is an awesome story, April! Enjoy time with your new brother.

Tina Kostka
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Tina Kostka Love it…so happy for the time he had with him….

Stacy Walker Perry
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Stacy Walker Perry How wonderful! Thank you Jesus!

Denise Roger Burroughs
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Denise Roger Burroughs God gives us our blessings at just the right time. So thankful he had good adoptive parents . Now God has blessed him with you and Lawrence. Awesome story. Thanks for sharing.

Tina Cannon Montgomery
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Tina Cannon Montgomery smile emoticon glad to see you smile

Dorma Brown-blount
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Dorma Brown-blount WOW!!! LOVE IT , ALWAYS LIKE A HEART FELT STORY LIKE THIS/. HAVE TEARS IN MY EYES. LOVE YALL

Lisa Hamner Wheeler
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Lisa Hamner Wheeler Oh my, that gave me chills.

Tammy Lawrence
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Melissa Jones
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Melissa Jones Wow’ April:) that’s amazing!! Sending u all love thoughts and prayers!!:) God is so good!:)

Robbie Case
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Robbie Case What a sweet blessing! God is good!

Missy Denton Ewing
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Missy Denton Ewing What a great picture and awesome blessing

Gail Tunnell
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Gail Tunnell What a wonderful story. I have been praying for you. I know how much you miss your Dad.

Heidi Sumner Soltys
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Heidi Sumner Soltys Wow April. Pretty amazing story. And definitely a “God thing”

Kayla Wilder
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Kayla Wilder Such a blessing! Made my morning! smile emoticon

Kristy Hall Guinn
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Kristy Hall Guinn Thanks for sharing this wonderful and uplifting story! Amazing how God’s timing is done when we least expect it.
Put a new prospective on this week of being Thankful for our family!

Delores Dominick Smith
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Delores Dominick Smith What a sweet story April! Can’t have too much family! So glad he found y’all!

Susan Mathews
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Susan Mathews What a wonderful story!! Such a blessing!!

Melissa Elam Hunter
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Melissa Elam Hunter Wow, I’m in happy tears April! This is such a touching story. I’m so happy that your brother found your dad & your family.

Kay Hyche
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Kay Hyche What an amazing story! I am so glad that everything worked out for good. U now have a “new” brother. God Is good!

Robby N Darla Bigham
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Robby N Darla Bigham God works in mysterious ways.

Russ Neese
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Russ Neese What an awesome story April, thanks for sharing and God bless!!!

Brenda Miles
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Brenda Miles April thank you for sharing! Blessings to you and yours!!

Shelly Faulkner
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Shelly Faulkner Oh wow April I can’t stop crying. That is amazing! ! My heart hurts for your loss. But I agree that God has perfect timing!!!

Loretta Hubbard Felts
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Loretta Hubbard Felts Beautiful. He sure looks like yall. Have a blessed life rejoicing with your family.

Brenda Freeman Snider
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Brenda Freeman Snider Wow so glad God worked things out for your daddy to meet him before he passed. This is such a sweet post. Love you girl

Sylvia Welch Algee
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Sylvia Welch Algee Heart touching story! May God bless you all

Angie Freeman Pugh
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Angie Freeman Pugh what a wonderful story April.

Dawn DiLullo Steele Adams
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Dawn DiLullo Steele Adams Awesome story, so happy for y’all. What part of Tennessee? You deserve some happy times.

Debbie Warren Poole
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Debbie Warren Poole Absolutely Love this Post!

Kimberly Carruth
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Robin Sullivan Ball
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Lisa Mayhall Clark
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Yvonne Hutson Tatum
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Yvonne Hutson Tatum Wow such a sweet amazing, awesome story!!

Kenneth Humphries
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Kenneth Humphries April, you know it took me 3 days before I found your first email to me back in August, and now it took me 4 days to find your fb post. I’m gonna have to learn me some technawlogy one of these days. Then I’m going to write a program or app which deteSee More

Donna Moore
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Donna Moore So Nice to meet you Kenneth…

Donna Moore's photo.
Katherine Selman
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Katherine Selman It just keeps getting better!!!!

WesandTerri Cosper
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WesandTerri Cosper This is so amazing! So happy for you all. Kenneth and Kevin were always like brothers to us and we love them to pieces!

Sharon Strickland
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Sharon Strickland April, we have known Kenneth when he bead adopted into the family of Everette & Evelyn Humphrey s, we attended church together, & our children grew up together, so we were together a lot. He went to Mount Carmel’s Homecoming last Sunday, & because we wSee More

Angie Scott Willard
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Angie Scott Willard Congratulations Kenneth on finding such an amazing family. I know aunt Evelyn would be so proud of you. I’d love to see you sometime. We go through Franklin every couple of months.

Terri Allen Foster
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Terri Allen Foster What an awesome blessing for you and the family! Blessings

Maresa Ledbetter
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Maresa Ledbetter Wonderful memories April, and many years to make more.

Gina Goins Perry
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Gina Goins Perry So very happy for you girl!!! Just be happy and memories are forever to cherish each and every day!!!

Vanessa Simmons
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Vanessa Simmons Thank you for sharing such a beautiful story. I’m truly happy for you and your brother. Pretty cool wink emoticon

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