Because we’ve been talking the lunar calendar all month in math and because I like the sound of it. It makes me think of stormy nights, a break in the clouds, moonlight glowing in the darkest corners.

January is almost over. In truth, nothing much has changed. That said, there are a couple of little things that have morphed and moved and taken on a life of their own.  I don’t think I’ve mentioned what I got for Christmas this year. A thoughtful person gifted me with a DNA kit. The Ancestry kit. I sent it off.

I got my results last Sunday. They’re rather fascinating.

69%     Great Britain

7%      Finland/Northwest Russia

5%      Scandinavia

The remaining 19% a mixture of  Europe, coast to coast, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, no more than 2-3% from any of them. A proper mutt. Hardy as they come.

I can see a hint of hardy Russian. Also explained, the amount of money I’m willing to spend to stay a blonde. Go Scandinavia!

The search turned up a couple of matches in the 1st-2nd cousin range. I’ve left a couple of messages, leaving my name and the fact I was adopted, from where and the year. I got a reply. Yes, I did. A woman in Caspar, Wyoming replied that she did have relatives in California at that time but she was unaware of any kids given up for adoption. Then again, she was only 17 that particular year. She’s calling her cousin in LA today to see if she can learn anything more. We’re related somewhere along her mother’s line. She’s a bit excited about how closely related we are.

I’m a little dumbfounded.



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    1. I know people who have found only 7-8th cousins. That would have been a bit demoralizing. Does it ever seem that all you do in a day is remind yourself about realistic expectations?

  1. I think we are all a little bit of a mutt! lol. But it’s very cool that this test may lead you to genetic family. My sister (adopted) found her genetic family this year. It’s ironic that she was adopted in Montreal but her genetic family are not in Canada but in the Southern States. I think she told me the reasons but I can’t recall them now. Her birth mother and father are dead but she has cousins and aunts and uncles and they welcomed her and her family with open arms. I hope this works out as you wish Carly! All the best!

    1. Now, that really is interesting…I’d suspect it unusual for an adoptee to go OUT of the USA for adoption. Even to beautiful Canada. I suspect you are correct about the mutt in all of us.

  2. Wow! That’s so exciting to get in touch with someone! So agree about the money spent to stay a blonde. You’re gorgeous!

  3. I think we all ask ‘where did I come from’ and I would think it is asked more from adopted children. I’m glad you found some leads about your journey and pray you find helpful, positive answers.

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