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Mother, Teenage Daughter Spend First Christmas Together

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by Todd Walker

MADISON, Tenn. – For a mother and her 18-year-old daughter, Christmas 2013 was particularly special. It was their first Christmas together.

Evelyn Bruce said it has been a long and tough road for both of them. Until this year, Bruce had never really known her daughter, and even then it was only in short bits.

She gave her daughter, Rachel Bush, up for adoption when she was just a baby. Bruce was serving time for aggravated robbery.

Those who adopted her then didn't love her like Evelyn does now. Bush's adoptive mother was twice convicted for abusing her and another child.

Now that she has turned 18, this was the first Christmas Bush got to spend with her biological mother.

"It's been a rocky road for me because I've waited so long for this," said Bruce. "I never gave up on having her back in my life because I knew God would bring her back to me one day. She's always been my miracle."

"My mom cares about me because even though I've been through a lot she's still going to be there, no matter what," said Rachel.

It wasn't an extravagant Christmas – just a few small gifts – but they said money and gifts were not what mattered. Evelyn has waited a long time for this Christmas.

"She's my baby, no matter how old she gets. Always," said Bruce.

Rachel's adoptive mother was convicted of abusing Rachel and another child. She was still serving part of a 16-year sentence.

Rachel was living in a transitional living facility, but said she has plans for the future with her mother in her life.


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