URBANDALE, Ia. — Last Sunday an Urbandale teen posted a photo on Facebook asking for information on her birth mother. This weekend they met for the first time.
Nineteen years ago Nicole Reinier left her daughter Hannah Stouffer a gift. “I thought they were beautiful and I wanted her to have a soft blanket,” said Nicole.
Growing up this blanket was as close as Hannah could get to her birth mother. “I was praying and praying and praying, ‘Please let me find my mom.’” said Hannah.
This blanket and a Facebook photo started it all. “I had to bite the bullet and email this stranger and I’m like, ‘Do you know this girl?’” said Nicole.
When Nicole told Hannah about the blanket, Hannah knew. “Holy cow! It`s her!” said Hannah.
The only ones more surprised are Hannah`s siblings who didn’t know their mother had a child when she was 15.
A shocking week full of moments Hannah’s waited for her whole life. “I got to see where my face was from. I got to see where my pickiness is from. I got to know I have siblings.”
Ninteen years of wondering, Hannah’s mother now has some piece of mind. “Looking at her and seeing the kind of life that she has and how beautiful she is and her parents are wonderful, wonderful. I know that I made the right decision.”
This week Hannah got a tattoo on her back of the day her birth mother called. “Because Jesus found my birth mom on 4-16-14,” said Hannah.
It’s now a permanent reminder of something these women will never forget.