Good to see you again readers. We’re here with another heartwarming reunion story of a mother and her son.

Benjamin Hulleberg from Utah, US, reunited with his biological mother after 20 years of separation. What makes this story even more interesting is that they both work at the same place.


“Benjamin as a volunteer in the NICU; Holly as a medical assistant at the Heart Center,” the hospital wrote on Facebook, sharing pictures from 2001 when he was born. “Both believe their paths had to have crossed during that time – they parked in the same garage, ate in the same cafeteria; Holly had a view out her lobby window of the Women’s Pavilion where Benjamin spent his time,” the post read. “Can you believe that?!” the hospital asked.

Benjamin’s adoptive parents, Angela and Brian, were so open and honest about his adoption. All he knew was that his biological mother’s name was Holly, and she was only 15 when gave her son for adoption. Angela and Brian Hulleberg gave Benjamin pure love and a good life. He is now 20 and works as a middle school substitute teacher. He volunteers in the NICU department at St. Mark’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah in his free time.


Last year, Hulleberg got a birthday greeting from his biological mom, Holly Shearer, on Facebook Messenger.

Hulleberg replied: “Hi there:). How do I know you?”

Shearer answered: “You don’t know me. Which is weird to have a stranger message you. 20 years ago I made the hardest decision of my life and placed my beautiful child up for adoption with a beautiful family.”

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Screenshot of chat between Benjamin and his biological mom


“I can remember the exact place that I was at when I got the message. I was at work. I was a machine operator and I remember I was in machine No. 15,” Benjamin said. “I was in between our hourly quality checks and I got on my phone and I saw her message and I just replied.”

“When she texted me back and she actually explained who she was, it hit me like a load of bricks,” he added.

Benjamin suddenly became very emotional. “I was crying. It was all very positive emotions,” he said. “But to me, this is a day I had been waiting for the past 20 years of my life and to imagine that it was finally happening was outrageous. It was a lot to take in.”


“He was always on my mind. More so on holidays and his birthday, roller coaster of emotions,” Shearer, 36, told “GoodMorningAmerica.” “I thought about him all the time.”


Young man reunites with his biological mom after 20 years
Holly handing baby benjamin for adoption

Shearer searched online and found Benjamin’s Facebook page. “He was 18 when I found him and I was very hesitant,” she recounted. “He had so much going on his life. … The last thing I wanted to do is to throw a wrench in his life. So I just watched from a distance.”

After knowing Holly Shearer is his biological mother, Benjamin wanted to meet her immediately.

“He asked to meet, like right away, which I was like, shocked a little bit,” Shearer said. “I wasn’t expecting that but he wanted to meet right away. And so we planned a dinner the next day to meet at Red Robin with both of our families.”

“I was not willing to wait any longer. I’d waited 20 years and that was long enough for me,” Benjamin said.


“When I saw her, she stood up and she gave me a hug and I cried. I just looked at her and I was like, ‘You’re real, like you’re in front of me.’ And it was surreal,” Benjamin said.

Young man reunites with his biological mom after 20 years
Benjamin with his biological mom Holly

“I would definitely say it was a dream come true,” he said. “I’ve said that about things in my life, like ‘Oh, I’m so glad I graduated. It’s a dream come true.’ But this? This was the most true time I’ve ever said it.”

Shearer gave birth to her son when she was 15. “He deserved a mother and a father, a home with a playset in the backyard that he can play on, a dog, all of those things I couldn’t give him,” Shearer told KSL TV.

In November of 2001, Shearer met Angela and Brian. “We knew Holly loved Benjamin from the day she handed him to us,” Angela told the local TV channel. “She loved him with her whole heart and soul.”

“It’s just exciting. I’m part of his life. Just knowing that his phone number is in my phone and I can call him or text him anytime … it’s amazing,” Shearer said, adding, “My heart is full.”


“It felt like it hadn’t been 20 years, even though it had been 20 years because Benjamin had grown up, but that connection is still there,” Angela Hulleberg, 46, told “GMA.”

“I think Benjamin is super lucky to have all of these people in his life that love him,” she added.


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