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    2013: Your greatest moment

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     It may sound like movie script but this family story is both as real and wonderful as any Hollywood film. More than 12 years ago Libby (right) was adopted at birth. Her adoptive mother was able to be in the delivering suite when she was born and even got the chance to name her Elizabeth, Libby for short.

    Since then the two families hadn’t been in contact much and as far Libby’s adoptive family knew her birth mother, a 17-year-old girl with a 10-month-old baby boy, was living in a different state.

    Fast-forward to November 2013 and Libby and a boy at her school in Beaver Falls, PA, were being teased for looking so alike. “The boy approached her and said that his mother had given up a baby for adoption 13 years ago but he knew it wasn't her because the baby's name was Elizabeth and her name is Libby. My sister told him that she was adopted 13 years ago and that her real name is Elizabeth. They found each other,” said Libby’s sister Taylor Leavens who submitted this photo taken on November 22 at the PPG Place in Pittsburgh where the two siblings had been ice skating around the tree.

    “We never thought they would ever meet and if they did we thought it would be facilitated by us. Not on their findings,” she added.

    As Libby and her brother Kaleek got to know each other the two families decided to spend Thanksgiving together this year. “I am so thankful that my sister's family is complete and that our family as a whole has expanded. My sister will never have to wonders or have an emptiness. That is the greatest moment of 2013 for us,” said Taylor Leavens.
    - stinabacker, CNN iReport producer

    We adopted my sister Elizabeth 13 years ago at birth. The mother was 17 and she already had a ten month old baby. My mom was in the delivery room and even got to name her. We call her Libby for short. Two weeks before Thanksgiving this year my sister and another boy were being teased at school because they looked so much alike. The boy approached her and said that his mother had given up a baby for adoption 13 years ago but he knew it wasn't her because the baby's name was Elizabeth and her name is Libby. My sister told him that she was adopted 13 years ago and that her real name is Elizabeth. They found each other. His name is Kaleek. My sister went home and told my mom what had happened. My mom was terrified but instead called the bio mom and dealt with the issue straight on. They ended up talking for hours and the next day my sister's bio mother and brother came over for dinner. Everything was comfortable and pleasant. We not only adopted my sister but are now adopting her family. They are coming over for thanksgiving, Christmas eve and her and her brother have been playing together. This Thanksgiving I am so thankful that my sister's family is complete and that our family as a whole has expanded. My sister will never have to wonders or have an emptiness. That is the greatest moment of 2013 for us.
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