Two sisters in their 20s met for the first in Idaho Falls Regional Airport on Sunday.
Lisa Olivera and Wendy Garrett found out four months ago that they were sisters.
“Both of us have been waiting such a long time for this to happen, and I’m just kind of relieved,” said Garrett.
Born less than a year apart, Olivera, the younger of the two, was found in the woods as a baby and was adopted by the family that found her.
Garrett was put up for adoption through a private agency.
And at 28 and 29, they met for the first time.
“I got Ancestry DNA as a very thoughtful gift, and sent it in and like four weeks later I found out that I am really white and really Irish and yeah, I didn’t really find out much other than that,” said Olivera. “And four months went by. I kind of checked once and while, and didn’t really get matched with anyone”
Until Feb 5, when she logged on and discovered she and Garrett were a direct match.
Then the fun began.
The sisters said they started texting frequently to catch up on 28 years. Now, though, you wouldn’t know they had been apart.
“I feel strangely calm,” said Olivera.
“Me too.” said Garrett. “Definitely.”
“It doesn’t even feel like this is the first time I’ve seen you at all.”
“Well, I mean, it kind of does.”
And if the story wasn’t strange enough, the two discovered many similarities but the most surprising
“We have the same middle name – Anne with a ‘e,'” said Garrett.
“Yeah, that was really weird,” Olivera said.
The two planned to spend a few days together in Yellowstone National Park, “probably just staying up all night cracking up, just doing what sisters do like secret sister stuff,” said Garrett.
The sisters also have a biological brother that couldn’t join them on the trip.
They’re both looking forward to all three siblings staying in touch and catching up over the years to come.