10-year-old Audrey Doering of Wausau, Wisconsin has three brothers—and her mom says she wanted an impossible Christmas gift this year—a sister. “The one thing she wanted for Christmas,” Jennifer Doering told her local news station,”in addition to a cello, was a sister.”
Knowing that would be a LITTLE hard to deliver, Jennifer set out to find something special anyway: some more information about her daughter’s family history. Audrey was adopted from Asia at 15 months old. Doering set out looking through old “finding ads”—an ad that is run in the newspaper when a child is placed for adoption. There, she found MUCH more than she bargained for: a picture of another child that looked EXACTLY like Audrey.
“We just happened to stumble upon an extra picture and from there we were able to find that there were two of them,” said Jennifer.
Some research soon confirmed that Audrey did indeed have a twin, and that the girls were separated at 15 months old and adopted by two different families. The good news? Audrey’s twin was also in the United States. Her name is Gracie Rainsberry, and she lives in Washington state. Though the two have not yet met in person (they will soon), they are already skyping and becoming fast friends.
“It’s been different, it’s like looking into a mirror for me, it’s super weird,” said Gracie.
“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.”
Identical to a “T,” both girls were also born with significant heart defects and are heart surgery survivors as well.
Audrey says they talk “almost every day” and the girls can’t wait to meet in real life, which they will do when both families spend spring break together in California this year.
Is this an AMAZING story or what? I cannot imagine what it’s like to have a sibling, much less an identical TWIN, that you knew nothing about! What a gift from God that these two girls were able to be reunited at such a young age and now have a lifetime to look forward to knowing each other! I think they will definitely remember this as the best Christmas ever!