Anne Peterson

I write stories and goosebump poetry

Remembering Peggy

September 12, 1982

The day you disappeared. Out of my life, but never my mind.

There was a hole that never got filled.

You and I were supposed to be sitting together talking about our grandkids.

You never even got to see yours.

When you lose a loved one you get a lot of nevers to deal with

I hate that

I want to focus on the always statements instead

I’ll always be glad we were sisters

I’ll always remember the little stories

I’ll always love you

One day we’re going to be reunited, Peggy

And we’ll sit and talk incessantly, like we used to

And we’ll laugh. A whole lot.

And we’ll never have to say goodbye.

I love you more than any words can say

And that won’t change

I promise

Hey Peg, it was me that took your Easter peeps out of your basket.

I just thought you should know.

P.S. I wrote a book about being broken

I wrote about you and I wrote about me.

I just want to help anyone out there who might also be broken.

One day we’ll be completely whole. One day.

Love you Peggy,

About Anne Peterson

I write words you can feel, sometimes they rhyme. If I'm not writing, I'm telling stories from my head, to little ones who call me grandma.

25 Replies

  1. Joan

    Anne, this is a beautiful tribute. Lifting you up in prayer.


  2. Thanks for reading Joan. I’m thinking of how much God has healed me as I think about her. I’m just so thankful about that.

  3. You and your sister were the cutest little girls ever. I’m so sorry you lost her. I’m glad you will be reunited in heaven, forever.

    1. It’s so fun seeing Jude have the same dark eyes, and who knows, Ruthie may as well. We’ll see. Either way she is a cutie. Thanks, Kathleen. We were ballerinas who stuffed out dresses in our underpants when we were really little and just took the edges out. We never saw the bunchiness, we thought we were something. And you know something, we were.

    2. Oh and thanks for your kind words, Kathleen. Our reunion will be sweet!

  4. This is lovely, Anne. Praying for comfort and that peace that is beyond our understanding. What a wonderful day it will be when you are together again. Grace and peace to you today.

    1. Rebeca,
      Thanks for reading and for your prayer for comfort and peace. In 2005, we went to court when my sister’s case was changed from a missing person case to a possible homicide. We watched as her husband was pronounced “not guilty,” and that side of the courtroom erupted in cheers and high fives. And God provided peace that passed all understanding. It will be wonderful when we are reunited. Grace and peace to you as well.

  5. Looking at those beautiful photo’s breaks my heart Anne, lovely girls, all the things you never got to experience together. Yet I know she is with you in spirit and would be so proud of your achievements.

    1. Kath,
      Sometimes I think of how much we missed and it hurts. I am thankful that I get to love her children. Her eldest and I are very close. I was the one who shared the Lord with him. Thanks for reading Kath, and for your encouraging words.

  6. Thank you for sharing your sister today and the photographs. Praying for you for comfort.

    1. Pamela,
      I remember when I was in a homicide group. The day I shared Peggy’s picture the tears fell freely. It was almost as if I had brought her to the group and said, “I’d like you to meet my sister.”

      I guess I did that in a way today. Thanks for your prayers. The whole day went fine, but now I hurt.

  7. lornafaith

    Anne…such a beautiful tribute to your sister. Praying that you’ll feel God’s peace and healing love today. Thank you for sharing from such a raw place…hugs to you 🙂

    1. Lorna,
      At first, I was going to share the poem about when she disappeared, but I kept wanting to somehow say something to her. And when I sat down to do it, it just came. I think it was just waiting for the invitation. I’ll take that hug, gladly. 🙂

  8. I’m remembering her now, too. Thinking about you, Anne.

    1. Janelle,

      You know it’s funny. I think one of the things I miss is the fact she would have been someone I could have fought with safely. You know what I mean. Fighting with someone who would always be for me. Peggy always accepted me.

  9. Candy L. Hill

    Thank you for sharing such a touching tribute to your sister. I am sorry for your loss. I also believe that you will be reunited and all the pain will disappear. Sending you hugs and prayers today,

    1. Candy,
      Thanks for reading and for your comments. Yes one day there will no longer be pain. Oh, how wonderful that will be. Thanks for the prayers and the hugs as well.

  10. I am glad you are able to share Peggy with us. Bless you friend

  11. Christa,
    Thanks. It feels right to share her. The other day I connected through Facebook with one of my earliest friends ever. Erin and I were friends when we were seven years old. It was refreshing to reminisce old times. So much had happened in our lives since we were separated so many years ago. Truly we only knew each other for about 5 years, but when you’re little it was our lifetime.

    1. La,
      Thanks. The day went pretty well yesterday and then later there were a couple of large waves. We just need to give ourselves permission to be where we are.

  12. Friends forever. By telling her story Peggy will never be forgotten by anyone. She is my friend because you are my friend. We’ll have a great big reunion one day in heaven. Imagine the stories we’ll tell. I cannot wait to see Helen either.

  13. What a beautiful sentiment. I look forward to one day meeting your Helen too.

  14. Anne

    Beautiful tribute to a soul who sounds just as beautiful inside as out. Your words are comfort for many, your voice will be heard because hers cannot. Your memories will forever be your joy. I pray for you and your entire family. Blessed be.

    1. Thanks so much for your comment. She was a beautiful person. I appreciate your encouraging words. And I hope my words do comfort others. It’s what I’m trying to do. The memories we have are all too few, but we can replay them as much as we’d like, and believe me, we do. There used to be five siblings and now it is just me and one brother, but we often talk about the others. And of course, talk about Peggy. Thanks for not only reading my post but taking the time to leave your words.

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