For me, this turned out very well. It's amazing to finally be able to look at people or photos and see a resemblance. I can tell that I've inherited certain 'genes' from my bio family too...if you can call being late, messy and procrastinating genetic traits! My adoptive mom is *always* on time and very neat. Now I find out Carters are known for being late. :) People complain that my car is always a mess...but take a look at my bio. dad's car! Okay okay...I know this is stretching genetics, but ya never know! ;)
My adoptive parents
My mom is amazing...what can I say? She has always been there for me, and always done her best in raising me. She's been tough with me when she needed to be, but gentle and comforting when that was what I needed. I had some rough teenage years, but she never gave up on me. I kept telling her I'd turn out okay! And I guess I did...due, in great part, to her. She has always made me feel loved and special. I hope that when I have children I will love them they way she loves me.
Unfortunately, my dad died before I could know him as an adult. I think we would have gotten along well. I am thankful for the time I had with him though. I'm not sure exactly what he would have thought about my reunion, but I'm sure he'd be happy.
Open adoption records
I am very pro open adoption records! I believe that adoptees have the right to know their history, medical background, and why they were given up. This is not to say that I think that all adoptees should have a relationship with their birth families. For some, it's not needed nor wanted. As long as the adoptees and birth families can respect the others' wishes, open adoption records can be beneficial to all.
My search was very easy...it was barely a search! My advice to anyone considering a search is to think about it, talk to people about it, think about it some more, then go for it! If things go well, you learn about yourself, your history, and possibly start relationships that can last a lifetime. If things don't go well, you could end up where you started, but at least you won't have to wonder anymore.