MORGANTOWN \u2014 At 70, Lynn Bennett\u2019s life changed \u2014 but it changed for the better.\r\n\r\nAlmost by accident, some might call it fate, she and her son reconnected after 47 years.\r\n\r\nBennett became pregnant after college and was searching for a job as a teacher. She made the choice to place her baby up\u00a0 for adoption. She never viewed that baby as a\u00a0 negative. She always thought of\u00a0 Mike Smith, her son,\u00a0 as a gift, albeit one she couldn\u2019t keep.\r\n\r\nBoth Smith and his biological mother\u00a0 used Ancestry.com\u00a0 for genealogy reasons. Smith\u00a0 never felt he needed to go searching for his biological mother because\u00a0 he felt blessed with the family who raised him.\r\n\r\nHis parents gave him his Ancestry.com kit to learn about his genetic heritage. He didn\u2019t even feel he needed to, he said. His adopted father\u00a0 insisted.\r\n\r\nSomewhat reluctantly, he took the test. He received his genealogy information and\u00a0 was happy with it.\r\n\r\nHe\u00a0 wasn\u2019t looking for anything more.\r\n\r\nThen, his DNA results showed him a woman who also took the test and had a 100 percent match to his birth mother.\r\n\r\n\u201cI was always allowed, supported to go find (her). I just never needed to because I had an understanding that there was a reason why I was adopted and whatever that reason was, I didn\u2019t need to stir it back up,\u201d said Smith.\r\n\r\nHis wife, Jackie, encouraged him to reach out to his mother. He sent an email through Ancestry anonymously, but nothing was returned.\u00a0\u00a0 His wife\u00a0 wondered what else they could do.\r\n\r\nThey wrote a certified letter. If his mother got it and responded, they could communicate further; if she didn\u2019t respond, they could move on. Jackie\u00a0 looked through social media and knew about Bennett, but she did not know anything about them.\r\n\r\n\u201cI emailed her the next morning and said, \u2018Yep, it\u2019s me,\u2019 \u201d said Bennett.\r\n\r\nBennett accepted the letter, and she communicated with Jackie a bit,\u00a0 Mike said.\r\n\r\n\u201cI got one chance to make a phone call, or talk, and it wasn\u2019t going to be a letter, it wasn\u2019t going to be an email, so I picked up the phone, and we talked for about an hour, and it was simple,\u201d he said.\r\n\r\nBennett said when he was born, she\u00a0 saw him for about\u00a0 20 minutes, but when they first talked on the phone, it was like they knew each other all their lives. They\u00a0 planned to meet in the spring, but Mike said he didn\u2019t want to wait that long. He came to visit in December.\r\n\r\n\u201cHe stepped across my porch and gave me a big hug,\u201d said Bennett.\r\n\r\nHis adopted parents, along with Bennett, surprised him on what they called his \u201cfirst birthday\u201d with his birth mother. They gave him a card with a 1 on it and a cupcake with one candle.\u00a0 Bennett wanted to give him something memorable that wasn\u2019t going to collect dust. They split the cost and sent him and his family on a cruise.\r\n\r\nMike\u2019s family \u2014\u00a0 his wife, Jackie, his stepson, Daniel, and his two sons, Nicholas and Joseph \u2014\u00a0 live in Virginia.\r\n\r\nBennett\u00a0\u00a0 received an infinity ring with Mike\u2019s birthstone as a present. She said this whole experience is nothing short of amazing. She even said she adopted his adopted parents into her own family.\r\n\r\nThe parallels between the adopted family and Bennett are almost uncanny. For example, they gave her a present \u2014 a bracelet with a charm of a tree of life. She has a tree of life in brass hanging on the wall in her living room they knew nothing about. They are both teachers, as is Bennett. Their genealogy is also similar. Jackie\u00a0 even said Mike looks a lot like his adopted dad.\r\n\r\n\u201cAnd the way his family accepted me, and they made me part of the family, we email back and forth, it just made it so easy,\u201d\u00a0 Bennett said.\r\n\r\nMike said his parents probably talk to Bennett\u00a0 more than he does.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe distance is probably the only challenge. Whether you fit together, the awkwardness, none of that\u2019s there,\u201d said Mike.\r\n\r\nJackie said after they\u00a0 told their children they found Bennett, they were excited to have another grandma. Mike said he feels blessed because he has two complete families, and most only have one.\r\n\r\nHis uncle, Doug Wiley, said there was no science to it. There was just instant connection, and they\u00a0 immediately clicked.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s just instant bonding. I just call him my brother by another mother. He\u2019s about 19 years younger than I, but we have a lot of the same characteristics,\u201d Wiley said.\r\n\r\nWiley got the family together over the weekend to meet Mike and his family, who traveled back to Morgantown to meet everyone.\r\n\r\nBennett said family is important to her. She\u2019s 70 years old, and every day that goes by, she thinks about what Mike and the kids are doing. She said the weekend they first met at her house, it was just filled with love. They plan to attend their family reunion, an 86-year tradition, and introduce Mike to the rest of the family.\r\n\r\n\u201cAt 70 years old your life goes \u2018woah.\u2019 It\u2019s wonderful,\u201d said Bennett.