WELDON SPRING (KTVI) – The expression “it’s a small world” could not be truer for a pair of Weldon Spring families.
The parents recently learned that their adopted daughters are more than just good friends. Turns out, they’re also half-sisters.
“It’s beyond what you can comprehend. I think even us adults are a little taken back,” Jim Maneage said.
Jim and his wife, Staci Maneage, traveled to China in 2010 to adopt their daughter, Ellianna.
“We knew she was ours right away,” Staci said, referring to their first face-to-face meeting.
Through Calvary Church in St. Peters, the Maneages met and became good friends with another couple planning to adopt a little girl from China.
Steve and Paige Galbierz adopted their daughter, Kinley, from an orphanage in a different city in China.
As luck would have it, the two families happen to live just minutes apart in Weldon Spring, Missouri.
Kinley and Ellianna, now ages 7 and 10, …