She never met her mother, at least not that she can remember because she was too young. She was just an infant when they parted, then became part of her adoptive family in another state only to now return to her roots.
Now with a family of her own, a loving husband and two of her three young children they traveled well over 1000 miles to Ashtabula County to learn about her parents and meet new family members.
They returned to our B&B each evening somehow changed by what they had learned about her mother's life and where she lived in her young years. It had to be fatiguing to take in so much. We enjoyed the opportunity to make them feel at home and hear of the progression of their journey each evening. Our guests met about 60 new family members over the course of a weekend visit.
Elizabeth and her family were able to see the house where her mother lived as a teenager and the farm where she grew as a child. She shared photos of her mother. I wondered what it might have been like for her mother to have to give up Elizabeth and the thoughts that went through her head. Life is so pivotal with each decision we make through the course of life.
I believe it was an aunt who wrote letters to Elizabeth for years before this momentous weekend. How great that she helped to fill the missing pieces of Elizabeth's past!