It was a reunion almost a year in the making, and an answer to many, many prayers. Two children, divided by 7 thousand miles and in different continents, are brought together by fate. It’s a story of friendship and love that beat the odds.
It was a sight these families will never forget. And for the two four year old children, Hannah Sykes and Dawson Clary, It was sheer joy. They had missed each other immensely.
“They must have hugged 400 times. They kept hugging and getting so giddy that they would fall over. And that went on for like 20 minutes,” said Amy Clary, Dawson’s mom.
After 11 months apart, these two best friends are together again. They reunited halfway across the world at DFW airport.
Amy said, "They call each other brother and sister."
What lead up to this day is nothing short of a miracle. Before they were a part of their North Texas families, Hannah and Dawson were each other's worlds. They were inseparable at the Chinese Orphanage where they lived.
“They had so little connection and so little consistency, and all they had was each other for those first formative years,” explained Sharon Sykes, Hannah’s mom.
As The Sykes went through the process of adopting Hannah, Dawson was always right next to her in every photo update. They shared birthday cake, were holding hands or were just by each other’s side.
“He was on my heart. Really I couldn't stop thinking of him,” noted Sharon.
Bringing Hannah home to North Texas meant leaving Dawson behind. Sharon was determined to find him a loving home, so she shared his story on Facebook.
“It was just amazing! Right when I posted it, they [the Clary’s] were reading on Facebook while they were out to eat.”
The Clary’s already had a full house, 3 kids at home. But they had an open heart.
“I was gone for 45 seconds or maybe it was two minutes, and then she said, ‘We’re adopting this little boy!’ I just said, OK,” acknowledged Christopher Clary, Dawson’s Dad.
They admit the process was much more complicated than the decision. But they felt called to help. Nearly a year later, Dawson and Hannah are picking up where they left off. This time, they’re neighbors, living just 5 minutes away from each other.
That is true friendship. And through their children, through adoption, these two families have become one.
“It’s not really what we're doing for these kids. It’s what they're doing for us, said Andy Sykes, Hannah’s dad.
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