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Posted: 6/17/2009
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

/images/stories.asp?i=20110523194007.0.jpgMy story begins with tragedy. Seven years ago I married the love of my life, Wayne. He dreamed of finding his birth father Ted, who left his mother when he found out she was pregnant. Sometimes in the quiet hours when we were alone he would wonder if he looked like his dad, or if he had any siblings out there. Wayne was raised as an only child and ached for brothers and sisters all throughout his childhood. At every holiday and birthday we talked about the search as a distant dream. We finally decided to hire a professional this year and we joked about spending this Christmas with Wayne's birth father, but we never got the chance to put our plans into motion. My husband was killed in a horrific head-on collision just a few months ago. I was devastated, to say the least, but I decided to pursue his dream as part of my healing process.

Just a month ago I spoke with Search Quest America for the first time. My case was assigned to Julie and she found my husband's birth father in just over a week. Unfortunately, Ted committed suicide in 1990 and I will never have the privilege to meet him. Julie found photographs of him and I was shocked to see that he is the spitting image of Wayne. She also discovered that Wayne had a half-sister, Heidi.

Our first conversation was very emotional. We both wept for lost opportunities and shared our joy at finally finding the answers we had both been seeking. Heidi was 16 when she first learned she had a brother, but she thought his name was Dwayne and was never able to find him, despite repeated efforts.

We made plans for Heidi to visit me in California, and when we met for the first time she shared a remarkable story with me. The day before she got the phone call from Julie, she woke up in the middle of the night from an unusual dream. She saw a tall man with a mustache and goatee. He approached her silently, smiled, and enveloped her in a warm embrace. Heidi startled awake and was perplexed--she had never seen that man in her life.

When she saw Wayne's picture on our mantle the first thing she said was, "Oh my God! That is the man from my dream!" We share our faith in God and believe that we will all be reunited one day. Even though Wayne and Ted never met during this life, we believe that someday they will enjoy their own remarkable reunion.

My only regret is that we waited so long to begin the search. I know Wayne would have been overjoyed to learn about Heidi, and to know that he was the spitting image of his father. Now that I have found Heidi, I won't waste another moment. To others in our shoes, I would say to absolutely search for your lost loved one, and do it now! If they don't want to meet you at least you will know and it gives you closure. Something good will come out of it no matter what.

The most remarkable moment of this whole process happened one afternoon when I opened my mailbox to find a postcard from Heidi. She signed the postcard the same way Wayne used to, saying simply, "Loving you....Heidi." Reading the same words Wayne used to sign brought tears to my eyes. There are so many remarkable similarities between them, and finding Heidi is like having a little piece of Wayne back in my life. I am grateful to Julie and Search Quest America for this gift. I miss Wayne every single day, but at the same time I know that by finding Heidi, I have opened a whole new chapter of my life. Thank you.

(Written by Mica Burton on Libby's behalf.)

Client ID# 238656
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