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.”

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4 Replies to “‘Please Come Find Me’: Mom Who Only Got to Hold Son Once Is Reunited With Him 40 Years Later”

  • Sharon M. 1 year ago

    I think this is AWESOME! My late husband expressed interest, toward the end of his life, to reconnect with his own biological mother, about whom he knew a little bit, just enough to “tease..!” Great to hear that the adoptive parents were in on it as well…terrific story!

  • Peter M 1 year ago

    Congrats to both and their respective families. Great story.

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  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    I wish this would happen to me. I gave up my daughter in 1972, she found me in 2015 as I was looking for her her whole life. OH sealed the adoption until then. I have spoken with her and I want to meet her but she is holding back. First she told me, her adoptive parents didn’t know she was doing this and her mom was always afraid I would show up one day and take her back. All she wanted from me was her fathers name, any illness she should be aware of and things of that nature. She wasn’t or hasn’t forgiven me as she stated she isn’t emotional like I was. I cried the whole time we were talking. 2 hours. I told her my son and her were both innocent in this and should meet because they are siblings. She lost her dad recently but I am still not sure if her mother knows. She has adopted 3 children, twin girls and a boy, all biological brother and sisters. She fostered about 60 kids for a few years before she adopted. She is happily married and owns a brand new home in Columbus. She did state that she wanted to meet but keeps coming up with her dads sickness, which I understood. Her mom is doing okay as is her family. She is now getting ready to move into her newly built home. I probably won’t meet her in my lifetime but I hope her and my son meet some day soon.

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