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(NBC) - A 70-year-old Connecticut man who was raised in an orphanage found a miracle.

When Paul Stewart was just six and his sister nine, their mother left them at a Boston orphanage.

The children were eventually raised by a couple in Bristol, Connecticut.  But Stewart always wondered about his mother.

"Many years ago I started looking and it sounds stupid now but all I did was pick up a phone book because you didn't have the computers and all that stuff to trace anybody," Stewart said.

His searches always turned up empty.

Then a few months ago, Stewart's good friend Nancy asked if she could give it a try, researching on Ancestry.com.

Within a week Nancy found a cousin, then an uncle. When Stewart got him on the phone there was a big surprise.

"He says your mom is still alive and she's living in Florida," Nancy said.

Within weeks Stewart was on the road driving to Florida for a Valentine's Day meeting with his mother.

"Here I am a 70-year-old man and I've got a mom who is such a sweetheart," Stewart said.

Paul now talks to his mother Marge every single night and sometimes on Skype.  Marge left it up to the kids to initiate contact, always praying it would happen.

"They were never out of my mind," Marge said.  "Never, every single day I thought of them. On their birthdays and holidays and I prayed for them and everything and hoped that someday I would be in touch with them one way or another."

Stewart's sister Jeanne passed away a few years ago and he learned from the reunion He learned his mother only left them at the orphanage to protect them from an abusive father.

Stewart said now the past isn't so important and he is living for the future.

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