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Adopted woman finds family, realises she has known them 'entire life'

9Honey logo 9Honey 13/08/2019 Maria Lewis
a woman talking on a cell phone: Wedding photographer Tarynne Webb found out she knew her biological family all along. © Instagram Wedding photographer Tarynne Webb found out she knew her biological family all along.

One woman's quest to find her biological family has resulted in an unexpected discovery: she has known them her entire life.

Wedding photographer Tarynne Webb always knew she was adopted, so when she started looking into her family tree as an adult she wasn't sure what she would find.

The 28-year old's biological mother wasn't ready to have a child when she was born, with a nurse working in the same Labor and Delivery ward where she was born adopting Tarynne with her husband.

Recounting her unbelievable story to Love What Matters, she said she had "wondered what my biological parents looked like" and eventually set out trying to track them down in 2014.

After unsuccessfully trying to access her birth information through the court system, Webb began digging through social media with the help of a friend and just an old name.

Finding the information she needed and a list of known relatives, she was surprised to see that she had a mutual friend in common with one of the men listed.

After exchanging a few messages on the social media site, she made what was a "life-altering call" and spoke to him on the phone, sharing details about what she was attempting to do.

"He called me back about an hour later. 'So uh, yeah, it turns out you're my sister'," Webb told the publication.

"I don't remember much about the conversation that came after that, but I do know that we talked for hours and hours, with me asking him a trillion questions ...

"I asked where he worked, and when he told me, I thought it sounded familiar. I told him that the church he worked at was where the little girl I nannied went to preschool.

"At the same time, we both quickly realised that we already knew each other. I walked the hall every day to pick up Taylor, and I saw him once or twice a week, there at the church.

"I instantly remembered him. That was one of the most surreal feelings I've ever had in my life."

Eventually Webb met her other siblings and extended relatives, such as her nephew, and they all grew "extremely close".

She also had the opportunity to meet her biological mother for the first time, the pair reuniting in person just before her wedding.

"I'm the luckiest girl in the world to have met my family, but even more lucky to have grown so close with all of them," she said.

"I know a lot of people question whether or not they should meet their biological parents, but for me, it was something that I felt like I needed to do.

"I found myself thinking about it constantly and I knew it was the right choice for me...

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"So if finding your biological family is something you're considering, I hope you find the information you're looking for."

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