In 1979, Patricia Copeland Weaver gave birth to a baby boy in Hawaii when she was just 18 years old.
Weaver wanted her son to have a better life than she did, so she made the difficult decision to put him up for adoption with the hopes he would someday find her again, WOWK reports.
The mom said she gave him an important message when he was born:
“I got to hold him one time. They put him on my chest and I told him. ‘I love you, please come find me.'”
Her son, Brian Gully Sr., was adopted into a loving family who he said gave him a good life — but he always felt something was missing.
He learned he was adopted at age five. As he got older, his adoptive parents were supportive when he told them that he eventually would like to find his biological mother.
However, that proved to be a difficult challenge. The details of Gully’s adoption were sealed, so he couldn’t find information on his mom.
But he had a breakthrough recently.
At his adoptive father’s suggestion, Gully signed up for a DNA-testing website and was matched to a biological first cousin. It was the connection he’d long been searching for.
Gully’s cousin gave him Weaver’s phone number. That’s when the 40-year-old hesitantly reached out. He told WOWK:
“It was nerve-racking, wondering if she would message back, or if she wanted me to call he her or not. I kind of felt the waters first before I called her. She said she’s been waiting 40 years to hear my voice and I told her I’ve been waiting 40 years to hear her voice.”
After reconnecting, Gully hopped on a flight to Texas to meet his biological mom — a reunion 40 years in the making. He said:
“Just can’t believe I’m 40 years old and I’m going to meet my biological mother.”
Weaver started crying as soon as she saw her son at the airport. The two embraced a long hug. The happy mom said:
“I have been waiting 40 years for this. Oh my God. I have my baby back!”
The two plan to continue building their relationship. Gully said they’ll likely get along because “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”