In 2011, Brenda Schmitz passed away due to ovarian cancer. She was survived by her husband David and their children. Two months before Brenda died, she penned a letter to Des Moines radio station Star 102.5. She gave the letter to her best friend with specific instructions: do not send this letter in until David is in love again.
Her friend obliged. In 2013, David met and fell in love with Jayne Abraham. Brenda’s friend sent in the letter to Star 102.5, who brought him in for the surprise — David had no idea the letter existed. The thing about Star is that for over two decades, they have surprised someone every Christmas, but they had never received a letter like this. Like the letter Amber wrote to her daughter Lily before she gave her up for adoption, Brenda’s letter also revealed that sometimes it’s the words from those who are no longer with us that give us the courage to move forward.
In the letter, Brenda gives David not just permission but her best wishes with his new partner. “She must be quite a lady,” Brenda writes. There were three surprises in the letter and Star 102.5 granted every single one of them. Read the letter below and see David’s stunned, tearful reaction below…
H/T: Star 102.5
“Hello, my name is Brenda Schmitz.
When you are in receipt of this letter I will have already lost my battle to ovarian cancer. I am writing this letter to have sent to you by a dear friend who has instructions to do so when it was the time… I told her that once my loving husband David had moved on in his life and met someone to share his life with again to mail this letter to all of you at the station.”
“What a great husband and father he is. I know all this is extremely hard on him. He is the one making the best decisions from here on out for my family and ultimately finding a caring, compassionate loving woman in time to help raise the boys. She must be quite a lady and I wish I could have met to take on the task of raising a larger extended family with unwavering love and devotion and a huge heart.”
“My reason for writing this. I have a wish. I have a wish for David, the boys, and the woman and her family if she has kids also. I want them to know I love them very much and they always feels safe in a world of pain. I was hoping that one small act you all could do for me can change and help their lives forever and they know I am with them always.”
“First for David’s new lifelong partner. A day or better yet a weekend of pampering in all aspects of her life… She deserves it. Being a stepmother to all those boys and especially giving lil’ Max a ‘mothers love’ that only she can give. Make her smile and know her efforts are truly appreciated from me. Perseverance will prevail. Thank you — I love you — whoever you are.”
“For the family — a magical trip somewhere they all can enjoy their company and companionship as a family and create those memories that will be with them forever.
May God Bless and keep all of you safe there. Thanks for this. When you wish upon a star… Brenda”
To see David and Jayne’s touching response and to find out what the third surprise is, watch the video below!
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