Photographs can be precious reminders of our loved ones and special moments. But it can be devastating to lose them and feel like those memories are gone for good.
That was the case for Jane Fine Foster, a woman from Grand Junction, Colorado, whose family had kept photos and other keepsakes in a storage locker for safe keeping …
… Only to later find out, everything was gone.
The family had missed a payment to the storage facility. The locker was cleared out, and all the items — and precious memories — were auctioned off and sold.
“All of our family treasures, gone,” Foster told Inside Edition.
For years, Foster searched all over, trying to regain some of the lost contents — with no success.
“I made 40 or 50 phone calls, easily, trying to track down something, and they were all dead ends,” she told Inside Edition.
The loss hurt even more in 2013, when Foster’s mother passed away — and Foster knew that so many of her possessions, that could’ve been passed down to her loved ones, were now somewhere out in the world, in the hands of strangers.
Still, she had given up the search.
But recently, a miraculous coincidence occurred.
Foster was in town shopping when walked past a local antique shop.
But in the window, she noticed something familiar …
It was a set of vintage photos of a woman in a wedding dress. Foster was in shock.
“I stood there and I blinked and I blinked and you blink again and think, ‘Oh you’re seeing things,’” she told Inside Edition.
But the more she looked, the more she realized she wasn’t going crazy — it was just an incredible twist of fate.
They were her mother’s wedding photos.
“I remember just clutching my chest and I just said, ‘Oh my gosh — that’s my long-lost mother,'” she told Inside Edition.
“I absolutely just screamed out loud — I know I just jumped.”
Foster recognized the photos — she had seen them every day as a child, and the image always stayed with her.
“All my life, we saw this wedding picture on the wall in our home,” she said.
But that was only the beginning.
Foster, of course, went to buy the photos immediately. She met the store’s owner, and explained that they were hers.
But amazingly, the owner remembered buying the photos — and remembered something else that came with them, something he had in the back …
And Foster was stunned when she saw what he brought out:
Her mother’s 1948 wedding dress!
Foster was stunned by the turn of events. She was thrilled just to have the photos back, but now she had the actual dress her mother was wearing, too — the end to a 14-year-long search, and all thanks to just being in the right place at the right time.
But for Foster, it wasn’t coincidence — it was a sign from her departed mother.
“She touched this fabric and I can touch it now and think of her,” Foster told Inside Edition.