As many families grapple with the decision to adopt, a Wisconsin mother of an adopted little girl explains the wonderful blessings and surprises that come along with all the challenges of adopting.
This past year, Jennifer Doering had spent time thinking about a special Christmas gift for her 10-year-old daughter she adopted from China. While searching for something to tell her daughter about her background in China, the mother of four stumbled onto an incredible fact: her adopted daughter had an identical twin.
Doering told a local ABC News station that she was “Just trying to get some information about her (daughter’s) history.” And that she wasn’t looking for a family member or for anything intentional.
But when going back to almost ten years ago to the young girl’s ad, an advertisement that is put in the local paper once a child is put up for adoption, the mother stumbled upon another child that looked just like Audrey.
After Doering did some more digging, she confirmed that the young girl who has three brothers actually also has an identical twin sister named Gracie Rainsberry.
Rainsberry, who was also adopted, lives in the state of Washington and says, “It’s been different, it’s like looking into a mirror for me, it’s super weird.”
The two girls were separated at 15 months old and met for the first time via FaceTime in early December.
After seeing and speaking together Audrey said, “It’s been fun and cool at the same time,” said Audrey. “Our laugh is the same, like our mannerisms, we talk the same, we like the same foods and stuff.”
Both girls both struggle with cardiac defects that require open heart surgery in the past.
The first in person reunion is schedule for California over spring break.