SPOKANE, Wash. - A mother and daughter, separated when the daughter was just 2 years old, have found each other 27 years later, and they only had to go a few miles to do it.
In Coeur Coffeehouse in Spokane, Desiree Davis waited for a moment she thought may never come.
"I can't believe this is happening to me," she said as she waited. "It seems like it's happening to somebody else."
Desiree didn't know if she'd ever meet her birth mom.
"When I was 18, I tried to look for [my birth mother] Karen and my father, but [it was] not enough," she said. "I kept running into dead end roads."
But two weeks ago, at the age of 29, Desiree decided to start looking again.
"So I had one picture of me and Karen, and I posted on my Facebook and was like, 'this is the only picture I have of my birth mom, but I still hope to find her, I don't know how to go about this."
Not knowing where in the world to start, Desiree looked up Karen Clark in the Spokane Whitepages. Turns out, that's as far as she needed to go.
Last week, Desiree knocked on Karen's door. Not ready to meet, Desiree gave Karen a fake name, but confirmed it was her. The next day, Desiree wrote Karen a letter, asking to officially meet.
"I think that's a little of God's humor, personally," she said, "I think that it's kind of funny that all these years she's been under my nose."
Fast forward to the moment they reunited, 27 years in the making.
Over drinks, Desiree and Karen swapped pictures and memories, which was a surreal experience for both women.
"I am so happy to be with Desiree again," Karen said. "It's like I'm in shock."
"I don't even know how to pinpoint it to one emotion," Desiree said, "but I would say a sense of overwhelming joy."
Karen says she's thankful Desiree got the life Karen never had.
"She turned out just right," Karen said. "I wanted the best for my kids."
Desiree holds no resentment, explaining, "I'm thankful that things turned out the way things did."
It's a lesson she hopes other adopted kids will take with them.
"Forgiveness is huge," she said, "and who are we to judge somebody else's life, when we're not perfect human beings either."
Desiree and Karen are eager to make up for lost time.
"[I want to] be able to get to know her, and be good friends, and help one another out and cherish one another and do things for one another," Karen said.
And after this meeting, they already know they have one thing in common.
"We both talk a lot so I think we'll move very fast in getting to know each other," Desiree said with a laugh.
This moment, decades in the making, was worth the wait.
Desiree says she loves her adoptive parents and siblings very much and they will always be her family. Meeting Karen won't take away from that, but she says she now feels like she found a missing piece of her.
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