028 – Working Out The Puzzle Pieces Helped Me Feel Whole

Elise has always been into genealogy and loved looking at family photos & records when she was a child. As a child of adoption, she wondered where her family of origin was? Reunion has had its ups and downs for Elise. The experience with her birth father’s family has been great over the last 20 years. She’s used her genealogy skills to solve a mystery about her paternal grandfather. But she’s still waiting for her birth mother to change her mind and renew their initial reunion after years of rejection.

Elise says, “I am so appreciative of my journey, the good and the bad parts because getting to work out some of the puzzle pieces of my story and my paternal grandfather’s has been a gift and has helped me have a better sense of self and wholeness. “


  1. Elise on 10/01/2017 at 5:12 PM

    Thank you for allowing me to share my story. I’d like to reiterate that relationships can be complicated with or without adoption involved and with the reunion with my mother, I feel that mistakes and missteps were made on both sides and there are definitely things I would do differently if I had a redo. Also, that using email as the primary form of communication was a hindrance to our ability to have an open dialogue and communication that is so essential especially when coming from different frames of reference.

  2. Lori Chagnon on 10/04/2017 at 12:50 AM

    Elise I enjoyed your story and i.was wondering how I could get a hold of you so.i could ask you some questions about genealogy because I also was adopted.

  3. Elise on 10/04/2017 at 11:59 PM

    Thank you for taking time to listen to the podcast. My work email is hollymaedesigns@icloud.com

  4. Jason Arbuckle on 10/13/2017 at 1:27 AM

    Wow,what a story

    • Elise on 10/15/2017 at 4:34 PM

      Thanks for taking the time to listen 🙂

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