Posts Tagged ‘reunion’

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words . . . and a Few Tears

February 20, 2012


If this photo doesn’t lift your spirits and move you, I don’t know what will.

Thank you to all the servicemen and servicewomen who so loyally serve our country. Just the other day at the co-op, I approached a female (more…)

The Mother of all Reunions!

January 4, 2012

What a poignant, heartwarming story: A mother is reunited with the daughter she was forced to give up seventy-seven years earlier. Can you imagine their first face-tp-face meeting? “My baby!” cries the ninety-five-year old. “Mommy!” shouts the seventy-seven-year old. What a joyous, emotionally charged day that must have been! Here is the full story from an article by Amy Taxin for msnbc.com

THE MOTHER OF ALL REUNIONS

Minka Disbrow, 100, stands in her apartment in San Clemente, California. Disbrow, who was raped at age 16, has lived to be 100 - long enough to meet the daughter she gave up at birth 77 years earlier and to learn about the six grandchildren she didn't know she had. (Photo by Jae C. Hong of AP)

For most of her 100 years, Minka Disbrow tried to find out what became of the precious baby girl she gave up for adoption after being raped as a teen.

She hoped, but never imagined, she’d see her Betty Jane again.

The cruel act of violence bore in Disbrow an enduring love for the child. She kept a black and white photograph of the baby bundled in blankets and tucked inside a basket.

It was the last she saw of the girl — until the phone rang in her California apartment in 2006 with the voice of an Alabama man and a story (more…)

The Man at the Diner

June 10, 2011

I love stories about unlikely reunions. Click here to read an earlier post in which a man was reconnected to a woman who he last saw as a young girl forty-seven years earlier. Here is a similar story by David Fox of Altamonte Springs, Florida, that was featured in a Guideposts e-letter. Click here to sign up for Guideposts‘ free Mysterious Ways newsletter. You’ll also be able to download a free e-book, Mysterious Ways: 9 Inspiring Stories That Show Evidence of God’s Love and God’s Grace.

THE MAN AT THE DINER
A moving truck breakdown led to an unlikely encounter 

It was the day of my family’s big move, from New Wilmington, Pennsylvania a hundred miles south to Stahlstown. My wife, kids and dog went ahead in our car while I drove the rental truck full of our belongings. Driving down the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I got a bit nostalgic. Stahlstown was just a skip away from where I grew up, Charleroi.

My great uncle had been a prominent figure in Charleroi, owner of the Fox Grocery Company, a food wholesaler. Every summer, the company hosted a big picnic at Deems Park for employees and their families—with all the food, fun and games a kid could hope for. The only restriction was to stay away from the foul-smelling sulfur creek that ran through the park. Of course, we (more…)