Mom Lost in Deadly Snow Storm Gives Her Sons a Tearful Goodbye (VIDEO)

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blizzardPaula Lane, a mother of twin 11-year-old boys, could have never imagined that the day that she went four-wheeling with her boyfriend, Roderick Clifton, on November 29 in the Sierra Nevada mountains might have been the last time she would ever see her family again.

The Jeep that Lane and Clifton were riding in got caught in a snowdrift. After the first night of the blizzard, Clifton decided to walk into the storm in search for help, but never returned. Trapped alone in a blizzard with no help in sight and feeling that the end was inevitable, Paula Lane made a tearful goodbye video for her sons on her phone. See below:

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Paula's family refused to give up on her. In fact, her brother took a tractor from a neighbor and made his own search and rescue mission. Amazingly, he found her still alive.

This is a true story of the power of love and also a reminder: we never know when our last goodbye may be. We must always tell our loved ones what is in our hearts and let them know how very much they mean to us. Personally, I tell my children, my husband, my parents, brothers, sisters, and nieces and nephews that I love them every single time we part ways.

Family is everything. They are the people who will come through hell and high water (or high snow!) to help us when we need them the most. They are the first people we want to share good news with and they are the ones we turn to when our hearts are broken. Family will pick you up and carry you when you are too weary to walk.

"Family" means always having someone to be with you in the good times and the bad times. Family is the one place you can always get and give unconditional love.

This is a powerful reminder this holiday season that even when it seems chaotic and crazy, we must remember that it’s all just love.

Hug your children. Tell your family that you love them each time you say goodbye. We truly never know when it might be our last time.

Do you always remember to say a meaningful goodbye?

 

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Heath... HeatherJo11

First, its so nice to see positive articles. Second, I'm so glad this mother was found alive & her boys still have a mom. I'm assuming the boyfriend died in the blizzard, that's very sad. And yes I believe meaningful and mindful goodbyes are important cause you truly never know if it's the last one you'll ever get. Family is all you've got in trend, sometimes. And I love you can never be overused.

Heath... HeatherJo11

**the end, not trend :)

tuffy... tuffymama

I've lost two very dear friends in traumatic ways. One was murdered and one committed suicide. I feel so blessed that the last time I saw the former, we had the greatest conversation, and shared so much. The next day, he was gone. The latter was my classmate, my coworker, my partner in crime. The last time I saw her, I was beging her to come out with me and just have some fun for once, after a particularly grueling experience at work. She wouldn't, because she obviously had other plans. I sometimes imagine I can feel the last hug we shared, and it makes me so lonely for her, and so angry that she's gone. But I'm so glad we had that last moment. When my mom left my dad, she packed us up and drove away when he was gone to work, and I simply didn't see him again for over six months. I thought he was dead! I was the last person my grandfather saw before he died in the hospital when the filthy nurses gave him MRSA following his prostate surgery. I will always cherish the memory of that last evening I spent with my Granddaddy.



Because of all of this, I make sure I always kiss my husband when he leaves for work, even if I'm grumpy or he's in a rush. It's why I stay in daily contact with the people I love, and why I'm always the first to kiss and make up when there has been an argument.

Erin Dizzy Dwyer

Being from the area (Reno) this was so tragic but just a side not they didn't go four wheeling they were just driving over the Pass and got caught up in a bad storm.... They were on their way to the Carson City area (Garnerville to be exact ) from the Sacramento area...

jessi... jessicasmom1

Glad you were resuced and your brother is a hero  

Wish2Be Wish2Be

Thats something very horrible to go through. I couldnt imagine. I cant imagine how hard it would be to do a goodbye video to my child...

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