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Facebook Post Reunites Mother, Daughter after 33 years

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TYLER (KYTX)- A Rockwall woman gets an Easter gift she'll never forget and it's all thanks to Facebook.

We first spoke to Jessica Miller, 33, last year, after she posted a photo on the social media site searching for her birth parents. A week ago today, she found them.

Miller always knew she was adopted.

"They knew that I couldn't understand, so my mom would just rock me and tell me 'adoption means love,'" she said.

As she got older, she felt a nagging curiosity about who her birth parents were.

Without so much as her parents' names, Miller took to social media in hopes someone could piece things together.

"I had seen other people do it, and it seemed to work out," she said, "So since I had very little information, I posted what I could and hoped for the best and it really took off."

One year later they were finally reunited, when Miller's birth mother -- Teresa Sparks -- found out about that Facebook post.

"I didn't even read the poster all the way," Sparks said. "All I saw was 'looking for' and I saw her face, and I just couldn't handle it. I just knew."

"The only thing I could think of is, 'that's my mom,'" Miller said. "She looked just like me."

The connection was instant and even though it's been more than three decades, both women say it felt like no time had passed at all.

"It just felt like I was home," Miller said.

As a single mother of two already, Sparks says the decision to give Jessica up wasn't an easy one.

"It was gut-wrenching," she said. "I love children, and I did want a lot of children, but...it was like I was being selfish if I kept her."

Sparks could only hope her daughter's new parents would be able to give her the life she couldn't.

"They definitely spoiled me, so she got what she wanted," Miller said.

Miller is now married with four kids of her own, and says the hole that's been in her heart for the past 33 years has finally been filled.

Miller and Sparks live an hour and a half apart now, and say they want to spend as much time together as possible.

As for Miller's birth father, he and his family live in Houston, and she says they haven't had a chance to meet yet but they're all looking forward to it.
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