Terri's Story

In September of 2009, I was referred to Search Angels(Shadow & Diane) by a mutual friend to assist me in locating my biological Father. Where I came from, who the other person was that helped give me life and bring me into this world was a missing piece that had bothered me since I was a teenager. I didn’t really have much info to give them other than a name, the city in which I was born and some very minor, sketchy details that my mother had passed on to me.

At the age of 33, I became a mother for the first time to a healthy boy. Two years later to a beautiful daughter. The thought soon occurred to me that someday I may need to explain to my kids who/where their bio grandfather was. After all, he had a minor part in their existence as well. For without him, there would’ve been no me.

I didn’t want anything from him, other than some medical information, nationality and perhaps a picture to see what he looked like and his physical features (eye color, height, etc).

I must say that I was somewhat skeptical when I first made the phone call to Shadow. I thought it was a shot in the dark. I was both nervous and anxious. I passed on all the information I had to them. Then I waited…. The wait was hard, but it was a true test of my patience.

I received a phone call from Shadow one afternoon about 2 weeks later. He was kind enough to make sure I was home before he gave me the news. It wasn’t what I wanted to hear. Certainly, not the fairytale ending I had hoped for. My father had been located, and contacted that day by Shadow and asked to not be called again. WOW! That was not easy to hear, but they also told me I had at least 4 half siblings which was amazing. Diane was so kind and she got on the phone to talk with me. She expressed how sorry she was about the news.

I was upset for a few days. Diane was so good about following up to check on me in the days that followed. After about a week or two she asked if we should contact 1 of my 4 siblings. I said yes, because I had not gotten any answers to any of my questions about medical, physical features, etc.

The next day she called me with the phone number of my half brother that DID want to talk to me and asked that I call him later that day. Long story short, I contacted my first sibling & we talked in great length and still talk and email now. Finally, I had gotten some of my questions answered. I also discover just how lucky I was to not have this man as my father growing up. The missing piece was finally found!!

I never have spoken to my bio Father and thank him for his part in bringing me into this world. Honestly, it was a form of denial that was hard to deal with for a while. But in the end, it made me realize that he was never a man worthy enough to have ever been a part of my life! I am so thankful for who and what I do have in my life today.

Thank you some much Search Angels!!! I don’t think you will fully understand how your generous work truly impacts people!!!! It is beyond words.

Kindest Regards,
Terri Crow

Terri and Shadow at Cook's Corner 11/07/09

Terri and husband Sean

The Crow kids, Seth, Spencer and Talia

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