Thursday, June 20, 2013


Three months after my first novel was published in 2010, I received a letter from someone whose name on the envelope I didn’t recognize. My first thought was, fan mail?

Silly me.

I opened it at the kitchen counter. As I unfolded the lined paper and headed for the table, photo copies of one of my dad’s sisters fluttered to the floor.

What in the world?

I read the first paragraph and slumped onto a chair. The second paragraph brought tears. By the end of the letter, I’d reached for the phone.

Greetings, LoRee Peery,

The reason for this letter to you is because of an article I read it Nebraska Life magazine. It’s about the “Blizzard of 1949.” There was a piece, by you, in which you mentioned that you wondered if your mother rode on a tractor “all the way to Grandpa Mosel’s house” when she was pregnant.

My birth mother’s name was Elgene Mosel. She, also, was from Orchard, NE. I was born June 9, 1948, in Omaha, NE. I was given up for adoption and placed in care of the then Lutheran Children’s Home Society.

Elgene gave me the name Marlin.

My dad’s name was Merlin!

By then I needed a tissue and had to wipe my eyes because I couldn’t see the print. This man’s penmanship is beautiful, as my father’s was. He makes his cursive r’s the same as I do, very old-fashioned.

I had to leave a message because Marlin was at work. In the meantime, I started a letter back to him.

Dear Marlin,

Where to begin? I want to meet you as soon as possible. I hope you don’t mind, I posted receiving your letter on Facebook, which is an Internet networking site, so my family and friends know about you. They also know how excited I am that you sought me out and introduced yourself.

As I will say when we talk, I am the oldest of seven. You’ll see that in the genealogy. Your mother married and had four sons. I lost contact with my cousins after the death of my parents…

He called that evening. Thus began a beautiful relationship.

I scrounged for family photos and copied the genealogy for him. Marlin discovered one of his birth-mother’s sons had died and has spoken with one of his half-brothers, but they have yet to meet.

We agreed to meet the day after Thanksgiving because he and his wife, Vickie, were coming our direction. Their three grown children live in Lincoln and Omaha.

My closest brother to me in age came to our home that day, and he later said it was like sitting across the table from our grandfather.

Marlin and his wife Vicky
Marlin and I have seen each other twice a year since we first met. Most recently, because my husband and I were in that part of Nebraska, we went to his home, worshiped in his church, and helped him celebrate his 65th birthday.

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Dale said...

Lovely story LoRee. Thanks for sharing it.

LoRee Peery said...

Thank you, Christine, for letting me share a story that always makes me smile.

LoRee Peery said...

Oh, my, I thought I left a thank you quite some time ago. Thank you for letting me share our story with your readers, Christine.

Delia Latham said...

Beautiful, heart-warming story, LoRee! I love knowing you're the kind of person you are, one who is excited and delighted to welcome a long-lost member of the family.

Liz Flaherty said...

What a great story!

Heather Ford said...

You are living my dream of being reunited with family. I was given up when 13 days old, never known my birth family or my siblings. My life is not yet over can't help but wonder if such a blessing remains as part of God's plan for me.

LoRee Peery said...

Thanks for taking the time to stop by, and for the comment, Dale.

Delia, you always make me smile.

Heather, never give up hope! Timing is in the Lord's hands and He alone knows your future. Thanks so much for leaving a message. You know, our heavenly Father has adopted us into His family.

LoRee Peery said...

Liz, thank you for enjoying the story. Sorry, but I didn't see your comment when found the others.

Marianne Evans said...

Awesome LoRee!! Incredible in fact! Xo

Janalyn Voigt, escape into worlds of beauty and danger said...

What a moving story. :o) Thanks for a smile.

E.A. West said...

What a lovely story! Thank you for sharing it. :)

LoRee Peery said...

Marianne and Janalyn, we serve a God who makes us smile.

Donna B said...

Wonderful post, LoRee. WOW! What a blessing!

LoRee Peery said...

Donna, thanks for checking in. We were gone most of the day and came home to a phone message from Marlin. We are mutually blessed.