Never, Ever Give Up!
Hello my friend,
This is a post from meant to empower you and bring you hope. We lost Sue to cancer on Christmas eve in 2009. I am so thankful for the time that was given to us and thankful my sister never gave up.
When I was six years old my seventeen year old sister, Sue, ran away from home. She and I were pretty close and I knew she was leaving but at my young age I didn’t really understand the seriousness of the situation.
Being young I didn’t know much about what was going on. All I remember is that she was gone and at some point we moved back to Kansas City from Florida where we were living.
You can read a story about Sue here in another blog post!
We had no idea where she was, whether she was dead or alive. Nearly five years had passed and we still knew nothing. I missed her and often wished I could see her.
When I was ten years old during the summer I went to the mail box to get the mail. In the mail box was a letter from Sue. My Mother was at work and my step Father made me wait for my Mother to get home for her to open the letter. Let me tell you, that was a long day, I couldn’t wait for her to get home and to hear what was in that envelope.
When my Mother got home and read the letter, we finally knew that my sister was ok. We called her and talked to her for the first time in five years. She was living in Texas and was engaged to be married. It was a very happy day for us. She told us that she had a dream of coming to our house and wrote us a letter with the address from the dream and that letter showed up in our mail box.
Not long after that, my Mother and my step Dad drove down to Texas to pick her and the love of her life, Randy, and brought them back to Kansas.
During that visit they got married. They were married 30 years before Randy lost his fight with liver disease in 2008.
Randy’s Mother and Father were there for the wedding. His Mother, Margie and my Mother talked about Sue’s dream.
As Margie shared the story with my Mother I sat and listened. Margie told us that one day Sue was telling her about a dream she had. She told her that she saw her Mom at her house in the dream and she could remember some of the address. Margie suggested that she try to write but the house number was 2500 and Sue could only remember 25 and she didn’t know the zip code. This was way back before we had the internet. Margie urged her to try sending something and just make up the rest to see what happens.
Sue decided to give it a try and I don’t know how many times she tried but she tried a few and the letter kept coming back. One day she was ready to give up. Margie said, “Why don’t you try 2500?” Sue wiped her tears and agreed to try one last time. I don’t remember exactly what she had down for an address but it was incomplete and it still ended up in our mail box. Sue had never shared with us the parts about only knowing part of the address and all her failed attempts that Margie shared. I always tear up just thinking about it.
When I was a little older my sister was sharing with me about her dream. She told me that she would have these dreams where she would see my Mom and when she would go to hug her, she would disappear. One night she had a dream and in it her and Randy decided to just jump in the car and drive up to Kansas City and find Mom. She said in her dream, it was just like it actually was in Kansas, the highway, the roads,the house, all of it. She drove up my mom’s street, went to her door and knocked. When my Mom opened the door, Sue hugged her and she didn’t disappear this time. When she was leaving, she looked at the address and didn’t want to forget it.
My mother prayed often night for God to bring her home. She believed God would answer her prayer and she never gave up. I truly believe that her dream was an answer to prayer.
However, the dream is not the only thing that brought her home!
You can have a dream but for that dream to become reality you have to believe, you have to fight for it, work day and night for it and Never, Ever Give Up!
If Sue would have had that dream and not pursued the gift she was given, we may have never seen her again. If she gave up after the first letter, or the second or the third, we may have never seen her again. If she didn’t believe it was possible because the address was incomplete or simply because it was a dream, she may have never found us again.
She believed and she didn’t give up! She didn’t give up and I thank God every day for it!
So make a decision and never give up! No matter how things look or how hard it gets, Trust Me! It Is Worth It!!!!
Peace and Blessings,