Adopted Son Reunites Birth Parents After Over Three Decades of Being Apart

There’s something about stories of reunion that really touches our heart. Take for example a couple that was reunited by their son after over 35 years of separation.

Patrick Giblin was conceived by his parents as teenagers and were forbidden by their families to see each other. Patrick was put up for adoption on September 27, 1978.

Patrick said his adoptive parents were great but his adoptive mother died of lupus when he was 11. His adoptive father ultimately remarried another woman.

Patrick decided to look for his biological parents when he had a son of his own as an adult. He contacted the adoption agency and found out that Stephanie, his mother, had left her contact information when he was about 18 years old. He was ecstatic! Patrick contacted his mother and said that their conversation went on for hours.

Amazingly, Stephanie also was able to trace Patrick’s birth father, Todd Ripple’s whereabouts, and she got in touch with him. And, in a surprising turn of events, Stephanie was soon widowed and Todd was also going through a separation at that time. Although the couple have never spoken to each other for decades, their conversation seemed like they never were apart.

My birth father was in the process of separation, and as time went on, my mom and dad rekindled the relationship the relationship they had when I was born. And then yes, you guessed it: They got back together!

Not long after that reunion, the couple eventually rekindled their relationship and got back together. After over 35 years, the couple remarried, and their family has been seeing each other often since!

todd and stephanie ripple

Meant for each other: Stephanie and Todd Ripple remarried after the son, which they put up for adoption, reunited them.
Photo Credit: Today

Indeed, when two people are meant together, eventually, they will find their way back, even after many decades have passed!

The Science of Happier Relationships

Do you know what mindset happier couples have? Being together for the journey, instead of being “in perfect unity”. Science Daily reports that a research by psychologists revealed  that “couples who think of relationships as perfect unity between soulmates have worse relationships than people who implicitly think of relationships as a journey of growing and working things out”.

Couples who have a “unity” frame of mind usually feel more hurt when they recall their past conflicts, which can cause more resentment between the couple, as compared with those couple who have a “journey” frame of mind.

Couples who have the “journey” frame of mind, think that conflicts are part of their “journey” together, which makes their relationship happier.

So, next time, you have a conflict with your partner, take your vows to heart. Think that you are in a journey together, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer. You’ll sure be happier if you do.

Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Airman’s Odyssey