A dear Guatemalan friend of ours, Pepe, owns 11 restaurants in town and reserved a room for us in one of his places. The family took several buses to get to us. Most of Julia’s siblings were able to come… all but one brother that was working.


Of course one of the most touching moments was when Julia and her mother met for the first time and embraced. You can see here that she is reaching out to Julia way before they actually hugged.


When they did embrace, Julia’s mother cried and buried her head in Julia’s shoulder. It was so sweet. I cried too.


It took her awhile to recover. You can see here she is still brushing tears away.

We stayed at the restaurant for nearly four hours just visiting, catching up, and discovering facts about the lives that had been lived in different countries for 21 years. Many questions were answered, and some were not. 


The most important thing is that we discovered that Julia’s mom became a true believer about ten years ago. She had prayed and prayed since then for the opportunity to see Julia again. She also told us that she alone believes… none of her other children do. 


She told Julia that it was good that she went away and had the chance for another life or she probably would have three babies by now… had she stayed in Guatemala. and this is probably true. Julia’s already has 7 nieces and nephews! We met them all today. I will post photos of them later. They are so cute.

Julia looks like a couple of her siblings. I will post photos of them tomorrow and tell more of the story. We found out several interesting things…

But right now we are all emotionally spent and very grateful to God for this wonderful reunion.

17 Comments Add yours

  1. Kami says:

    Julia definately has good genes, that could be her older sister! Haha! I am so happy that you all had an amazing time! ❤

  2. Marci says:

    balling my head off!!!! God is SOOO good!

  3. Marci says:

    I meant to say I was bawling my eyes out! God is SOOOO good!

  4. Cheryl Stephens says:

    What a beautiful story that is unfolding! I can hardly wait to hear more. Thanks so much for sharing your personal journey.

  5. serah says:

    wonderful! so happy for you all. her mother was just beaming with love and joy. love you all.

  6. Debra says:

    Just looking at the pictures of the reunion made me cry! How awesome for Julia to meet her birth Mother, and how wonderful for you and Wayne to be a part of it! Thanks for sharing this!

  7. Eliseangela Bernis says:

    Thank you for sharing with us this special moment..I have tears in my eyes!!!

  8. Suzanna says:

    WOW thats is such an amazing story! I am just so overwhelmed by Gods love! He has a plan and a purpose for everything! Love y’all!!!

  9. Nancy says:

    Bonnie, I have never heard the story about Julia’s adoption. I will ask Kari today. How wonderful that you two are doing this. The best present for Julia ever!

  10. Cas says:

    What a beautiful reunion. Thank you for allowing us to share in the joy.

  11. Brittany says:

    OMG I am fighting some major tears right now. I am at work right now reading this and all I can do is fight the tears of joy for you and your family.

    You look so much like your mother and share an amazing smile!

  12. Deborah Sinclair says:

    Bonnie, my heart is just overwhelmed for you all.
    much love

  13. Joan Wenzel says:

    Bonnie, IT WAS SOOOO amazing looking at your photos of Julia and her birth mother meeting—THANK YOU for sharing your experience! How wonderful that the mother now knows the LORD as well! How BLESSED you have been!

  14. Kes says:

    Jahi and I have been following your blog with tears of joy. We love you all so much. You and Wayne are awesome !!!

  15. Isaac says:

    I just read aloud to our Germany team the blog you posted. We are all in tears and rejoicing in the goodness of God. We love you all.

  16. Rachel says:

    Absolutely beautiful!! I don’t have words for such things. What a miracle! Love you guys.

  17. Chandy says:

    Amaazing!!!We rejoice with your family!!! cannot wait to read more uncovered stories and see all the siblings!

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