EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Rebecca McDonough flew into El Paso from Chicago on Wednesday night. Her mission? To meet her siblings for the first time.
McDonough is just one of seven children originally born in Dayton, Ohio. McDonough’s mother put all of the children, except for the youngest, up for adoption.
KTSM 9 News was there when McDonough “reunited” with her brother, Terry Brewster, who lives in El Paso, and their youngest sister, Sherry Owens, at the El Paso International Airport.
The “reunion” was full of hugs, tears, smiles and even a custom sign that Brewster gave to his sisters. It read: “The last names may not match, but the hearts certainly do,” along with the date commemorating their meeting. Brewster’s twin brother, Tod, was not there due to an illness.
“I feel like I’m in a dream right now, like I’m dreaming,” Owens said after meeting her sister for the first time.
The siblings will spend the next four days catching up with each other. Owens said that even though they will be making up for lost time, the siblings are glad they were able to even find each other.
“We’re not going to lose contact ever again,” Owens said.
Owens explained that she was aware that she had siblings growing up, but felt a void because she grew up without them. “I just always wanted to find them,” she said.
For McDonough, meeting her siblings is a dream come true.
“It feels like, at one point in my life it would never happen, so it feels like an incredible gift,” McDonough said.
She was able to find Owens on Facebook, who helped connect her with brother Terry and his twin brother, Tod.
“As soon as we found out, we spoke to each other and coordinated, so we could meet right away and not wait any longer,” Brewster said.
McDonough, Brewster and Owens said they will continue searching for their three other siblings.
Brewster offered a parting bit of optimistic advice for others who are searching for their birth family.
“If you can’t find your siblings, don’t give up,” he said. “You know, there’s always hope to find them, and one day you will.”
McDonough, who will be celebrating her 59th birthday in El Paso on Sunday, said this will the best one yet.