Wednesday, January 20, 2010


My sister Jenny and her husband Chad just had their 2nd baby boy! They welcomed Dallas Jennings into the world on Monday January 18th and we couldn't be happier for them. He weighed 9 lbs 4 oz and was 20.75 inches long! Their 4 year old Cody Thomas only weighed 7 lbs 11 oz, talk about a BIG difference!

We went to the hospital last night and saw him. My sister lives 2 hours away and she didn't know we were coming!!! She was so surprised when we walked in. I had called her earlier in the day and told her that Jace had preschool and he was the "leaderbug" and had to bring treats and he couldn't miss. He didn't get out of school until 3:15, little did she know we were leaving as soon as he was done and dropped the boys off at Craig's moms and we would be on our way!

I've never told you guys about my sister and I. My sister and I only met 7 years ago! Now you are all thinking, HUH? When my parents 1st got together my mom got pregnant right away. They were young, not married and my dad was recently divorced with a child of his own. Not only were they young but they were broke and just decided that they couldn't care for a child at that time. They decided to give the baby up for adoption at birth. My mom delivered and never even saw the baby :( What a hard choice that had to be!!!

My parents ended up staying together and getting married. They had my brother Josh and then me. I remember in grade school my parents sat my brother and I down and told us they wanted to tell us something. I remember thinking are they going to tell us Santa isn't real or the Easter Bunny..because if so we already knew! Ha! No it wasn't that at all. It was much more complicated than that. They told us that we had a sister out there and that they had given her up for adoption at birth! WOW!!!

As I grew older I became so curious. I couldn't believe that I had a sister, let alone a full blooded one! I searched the Internet with the little information my parents did have. Her birth date and where she was born! Somehow I came across a guy that had a vital statistics book which is no longer open to the public. He gave me her name, her mothers maiden name and her fathers last name. I googled her name and I found tons of people with her same name but nothing stood out. We figured she might be married though and if so, her maiden name information wasn't going to help anyways.

One day out of the blue one of my mom's old co-workers called her. She worked with my mom when she gave the baby up for adoption. She said she had something to tell her. She said that a lady that she knew called her and was telling her that another lady they knew had someone stop by her house. This lady lives outside of our town on a highway and there is a cemetery right beside her house. The cemetery's name is my mom's maiden name. Well it just so happened that my sister and her parents were driving through on their way from Columbus to Indiana. My sister knew my mom's last name and saw this very small sign by chance and stopped. Well her parent's decided to go to the old farm house beside it and just talk to the people and tell them their story. The lady took all of the information and said if she ever came across any information that she would be in touch. She then told the one lady, and that lady told my mom's old coworker and she knew exactly who she was looking for!!! She also gave my mom my sisters phone number and we called right away!!! We were in shock, very nervous, but so EXCITED at the same time! We called almost immediately and met within days.

Here it is almost 7 years later and we have a great relationship! We are so much alike, mannerisms, characteristics, even our names. My mom named me Jenna Linn and her mom named her Jennifer Lynne and they never knew that until we met!!! Now we both have 2 boys of our own! It's like it was just meant to be! We've heard of so many stories where people have met their birth parents and families and it's ended terribly. In our case it couldn't be any better! Most days it still amazes me. When I really think about it, it blows my mind. What are the chances of them driving through so close to our town, seeing this very small sign and then actually stopping and telling someone. You would have thought it would have ended there, but it didn't and I believe that it was just meant to be! You can't describe it any other way!

Here is a link to story in our local paper!!! Don't mind the horrible picture! Wow what 7 years can do LOL CLICK HERE


  1. That is SO awesome!!!! I have goosebumps! How amazing that you guys found each other and now have a relationship! Great pictures. You are both just adorable and have great fashion styles!!! Congrats on becoming an aunt again!!!

  2. That story is aweosme!! sounds like you guys should be made into a movie :) You are so lucky that it turned out so great :)

    congrats on being a new auntie..what a healthy baby boy!!

  3. Wow! What an amazing story! I can see the resemblence for sure! And how neat is that about your names! I'm so glad you guys are close now! And congrats on the newest addition to the fam! :)

  4. I am such a nut, I seriously cried reading that! That is so awesome and you girls do look alike! Congrats on the new baby!

  5. Jenna, I seriously cry every time I read that story! I think about how amazing your story is every time you post a pic!! So happy for you guys and congrats on a new nephew he is adorable!

  6. So, I stayed blonde! I was really debating the dark hair! Yes, I know Suzette we are the same age but went to neighboring high schools. She is a very sweet girl!

    You should so move up here, there is so much to do and we have a pretty darn good blogging community in NWA. Pack your bags, haha!! We could always use some more wal-mart employees!! Although I would stay close to the ski resort if it was me! You guys can stay with us on the farm while you look for a house here. Or at least you should come visit sometime and meet all of us girls around here!

  7. Wow, your post is beautiful. Is wonderful story. I'm so happy it have a happy end as you said.

    Amazing pictures!!

    Congratulations for your new nephew.

  8. Thanks you all so much for commenting!!! We are so lucky and it still amazes me everyday that I have a sister!

  9. This is an amazing story! Thanks so much for sharing! You are so blessed to have a sister and actually find her after all of those years!