The 13-year-olds might not speak the same language, but "they're loving being together"

By Blake Bakkila
October 05, 2016 02:19 PM
Inside Edition

Aubrey and Avery Lumpkins are finally under the same roof again!

The twins were living in a Chinese orphanage in Shenzhen when Aubrey was adopted by Gene and Lisa Lumpkins, an American couple from Kentucky, six years ago. At the time, neither Aubrey nor Avery knew they were sisters, according to Inside Edition. But after finding a picture of Avery on Facebook last year, adoptive mom Lisa Lumpkins made the connection.

“My jaw dropped, they looked just so, so similar,” Lisa, 43, told PEOPLE in May. “My motherly instincts kicked in, I knew they had to be sisters or maybe even non-identical twins.”

And after finally making their way through the adoption process again, the Lumpkins flew Avery to the U.S. last week.

Lisa told Inside Edition it’s as if no time has passed for the now-13-year-olds. However, there is a language barrier for the sisters as Avery has not yet learned English, and Aubrey does not know how to speak Mandarin or Cantonese.

Aubrey and Avery Lumpkins
Inside Edition

“They’re loving being together,” Lisa told Inside Edition. “They remembered being [at the orphanage in China] together, but they had no clue they were sisters.”

The Lumpkins requested a DNA test, which showed the two girls are related. Both Avery and Aubrey have cerebral palsy, but Aubrey has more trouble walking, according to the report.

“She’s so protective,” Lumpkins said about Avery. “Aubrey likes being really independent … [Avery] knows Aubrey won’t ask for help, but she was afraid Aubrey was going to fall.”