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A 'Surprise' Branch of My Family Tree

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Rod, Heather and Dorie-the 'sibs'

Last weekend Scott and I made our annual trip to Newport Beach to see a  
surprise 'branch' of my family tree. This side of my family, the Swansons, are my birth family.
I am the oldest sibling, adopted to another family at birth. Rod and Dorie are my full-blooded brother and sister and were raised by their parents never knowing there was an older sister.  A number of family members knew about that first baby-but not these two. 
Surprise!!
Dorie always thought she was the oldest sibling (nope!).
I think that makes us even more alike-two first born sisters.
We've never had a fight, though she laughs and says maybe we should "just to say we did".

Lovely Marcia (my birth mom/Dorie's mom) and Dorie's daughter Rylee (my niece).

We are just goofy...and just have so much fun together. 
I can't even tell the difference between our voices
(neither could my mom, Jeri, the first time she spoke to Dorie on the phone). 
I had never met anyone with my genetic makeup and it's really a trip to see such similarities in 
an entire branch of the family.


Rylee, my only niece, was just a toddler-with a big white bow-when I first met the family. 

I have not written my entire adoption story in full. Dorie calls it an 'Oprah' moment. 
I believe I will share it someday.........when it feels right.

Suffice it to say, the gift of adoption, is always inspiring to me. 
I was incredibly blessed to be adopted by my wonderful parents, Jeri and Curtis, at 3 days of age.
Along with my younger sister, Heidi, they are my family through and through.   
I was doubly blessed to find and meet this 'surprise' branch of family at age 36. 

As I always say, you never, ever know what can happen around the next corner in life......
it may be an amazing adventure.


It's always a whirlwind when we hit Newport Beach.
From soccer games to out on the town to cozy dinners and beachfront bites and lots of time to catch up.

Cousins joined us to make it even more of a family reunion on Friday evening.
Ryan and Martina, our rock star cousin, (next to me) who has beaten breast cancer three times,
and is a warm and fuzzy bright light in our world.
I'll always remember she about knocked me over with a huge hug the first time we met 17 years ago. 


(When the boys ripped off all the cotton candy this is what was left staring at me. 
I think the thing is sticking it's tongue out which is why I don't eat the stuff.)


Hudson, Holden and Beck (my nephews).
Fun at Soccer...such sweet boys!


And then there is the Casa Swanson or 'Swanson B & B'
with the comfiest suite. Fresh flowers, lit candles and turn down
service are usual fare. My lovely sister-in-law Andrea, and Rod, completely spoil us. 



For more on the stylish, yet cozy, home Andrea and Rod have created (and our last visit) for their family

You can see why we want to move in every time we visit. #spoiled

Soco Collection preview

I was inspired by the infusion of beauty and style on this trip. 

Rod and Andrea's stylish home, a wonderful Soco adventure, and
a glorious brunch at the home of  fabulous blogger Tamera Beardsley here

I am looking forward to posting on my time with Tamera later this week. 

Style, beauty and sweet family love. 


Lovely reader, do you have any surprises to share? ;) wink

xx, 

Curated Collections at my Stylemindchic Boutique here!


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