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Lord, thank You for this mother's love for her son and for their reconnection. We ask You to bless their relationship; and we ask that You will reconnect more adoptive children with their parents.

For years, an Ohio woman has wondered about the son she gave up for adoption more than three decades ago. What does he look like? What does he do for a living? Was he happy?

Well, thanks to the popular DNA genetic testing service 23andMe, she now has those answers and more.

Melanie Pressley was just 18 when she got pregnant with her first child — a boy. Her boyfriend at the time wasn’t supportive and wanted her to get an abortion. Pressley refused and continued on with the pregnancy.

But eventually, she knew she couldn’t keep him.

“I just knew, financially, I wouldn’t be able to do it. And the other thing—I wanted him to have a mother and father, so I decided at that point it was best to put him up for adoption,” said Pressley…

On June 17, 1988, she gave birth to her son at the then-Timken Mercy Hospital in Canton. She didn’t name him because she wanted his adoptive parents to have that honor.

She said that day, she wasn’t allowed to hold him, but the next day, her sister asked a nurse if they could hold the baby…

In Winchester, Virginia, 307 miles away from her Wadsworth home, it turns out Pressley’s son was thinking of her too.

He was adopted by the Vossler family and named Greg. They lived in Stow for about seven years after he was adopted, and then moved to Winchester.

“Maybe nine or 10 or somewhere around that age range, they shared with me the story that I was adopted and that the woman who gave me up for adoption thought I could have a better life elsewhere,” said Vossler, who still lives in Winchester.

Vossler said his curiosity wasn’t immediate.

Some years later, he found descriptions of his birth parents that were provided from accounts from the hospital, but there weren’t any names, birth dates, or ages.

“Never was really curious. I’d always joke saying, you know, ‘I don’t see a celebrity that looks like me,’ or, ‘No one who’s a king or queen in some faraway land resembles me.’ And I always said that was just my joke. You know, whenever somebody asked, it was just my way of having that quick response in my back pocket, I’d never really given it some serious thought,” said Vossler.

But he said it was always in the back of his mind through college, getting married, and raising two sons.

“The reason I named my first son Gregory was because he was my first blood relative that I knew. So I wanted to have that bond,” said Vossler.

Then, in 2019, he decided he wanted to know more.

“My wife and I were sitting and talking one night, and I’m like, ‘I don’t know any of my medical history, genetics, you know, where I’m from.’ And there was a 23andMe promotion or something going on. And so I took the test,” said Vossler.

That same year, Melanie’s mom died, which pushed her to do what she’s always wanted to…

But that moment didn’t come until May 2021, when one of Melanie’s daughters bought her a 23andMe test as a birthday gift…

So in June, Vossler, his wife Chelsea, and their sons drove to Wadsworth for a weekend.

Vossler said he and Pressley talked for four hours straight that first day. He also met 17 members of his new extended family, including two of his siblings, his aunts, and his grandfather…

Are you encouraged by this happy ending? Share your comments below!

(Excerpted from WFTS. Originally published at WEWS. Article by Jade Jarvis. Photo Credit: Canva).

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August 20, 2021

What a beautiful story! God is so faithful. I am an adoptive mother. We were blessed with our beautiful daughter at birth in 1993. We have an open adoption with the birth mother. Open adoptions probably aren’t for everyone. But ours has been a blessing to all. Our daughter never had to wonder why she looks different from mom and dad. She never wondered why she was “given up”. Or the numerous other “Why” questions. We are all believers so we all kept our eyes on Jesus with gratitude for the beautiful gift he gave to us to become parents, to the birth mother for a loving godly family for her baby. Such a kind loving God we serve who “sets the lonely in families”! I pray more people would consider open adoptions if the Spirit moves them to do so.

August 20, 2021

Lord, what a wonderful story of a young woman who chose not to abort her baby but let him have life by giving him up for adoption. God you adopted us into your family by the blood of Jesus. You are truly the giver of life. Thank you so much Abba Father.

Susan CC
August 20, 2021

This is a such a joy to read. I am reminded that there are countless stories of encouragement and positivity that need to be shared. How about more? I just finished reading Isaiah 30 where the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel says… HE longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion, for the LORD is a just God…

August 20, 2021

The love of God! May He receive all the glory in this growing family!
Preserver. Healer. \o/


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