Saturday, December 5, 2009


Whew...well that wasn't so bad. After a year and a half I'm finished with grad school. It wasn't always the experience that I had hoped it to be, but I am still happy and proud to have been able to have this opportunity that few people in life do.

Six months ago a class I took spurred me to start this blog and try to find my birth mom before I graduated in the hopes that she might be able to attend. Sadly, I wasn't able to find her in time. Looking for her has been an incredible experience. I've learned a lot about my mom and dad that I probably wouldn't have known otherwise. I've been able to talk with Don Ambrosio, the lawyer that facilitated the adoption, who still lives in Santiago, Chile and was able to my mom in touch with Don so that she could express her gratitude to him.

I probably don't say it to them enough but I really love my family and I think that this experience has made me realize how lucky I am to have them in my life. I have a hard-working and hilarious father, a strong-willed and caring mother and a wise-beyond-his-years little brother that's going to do great things in life. I don't know what Julia, my birth mother, had planned for me, but what she did was simply the most important event that occurred in my life. Hopefully, I will be able to thank her one day.

Thank you to everyone that offered their prayers and well wishes during this search. Every kind word of encouragement helped keep me going.

It's a big day today and I'm going to live in the moment and savor it.


  1. Neighbor John,

    I'm so proud of you! Big big congratulations on your big day. It's meant so much to me that you came to UT and have been the best neighbor I've ever had/a really great friend.

    I read the letters to and from Don Ambrosio in your previous post and welled-up. What a brave thing he and your birth mother did. I am thankful, though, that they did so and you have such a wonderful family now.

    - Nicole

    P.S.- Now that you're finished with school, you have to go to Ego's with us again. Bring Laura! I'm sure she'll love Barry the Cowboy.

  2. Sweet Johnny B -

    We are proud of you beyond all measure. I like to think that this is what Julia hoped for when she (no doubt) spoke that blessing over you, named you, and sent you off to your life journey.

    I think you nailed all of us (!!) and I am happy to say that while you may not have our eyes, our hair, or other physical attributes - you did inherit this: you are a hard worker, hillarious (even if it is in a dry sarcastic sort of way), you are caring and more than a bit strong willed, and like your brother, you are going to do great things in life.

  3. Congratulations John! It was great getting to work with you in AGC stuff at UT, and getting to know you as a friend and colleague. I enjoyed reading through all this and wish it could have turned out a little better. I tweeted for you several times during your search and hope you got a few more followers because of it. Best of luck as you head off to do those "great things" that we all know you will do. Take care man.