Absolute Blessings

  We lost our son, Pete, 15 months ago at the age of 33. Since then we have received many wonderful signs. When I was sorting out some of his belongings I heard him call me as clear as anything! No one was in the house. The night after he died I was lying in bed and every time I opened my eyes, I could see his face. It was surrounded by white light. When I would close my eyes he was gone. This happened about 10 times. My husband felt Pete touch his hand really firmly one night while he was in bed one. One day we took a picture of Pete’s son, Lenny, climbing a tree overlooking where his dad’s ashes are buried. When we printed the photo an amazing orb was in the photo with our grandson. When we showed it to him he looked at it and said, “Daddy.” I said, “What do you mean, Lenny?” He said, “Daddy made that rainbow circle around me when he was watching me climb the tree.” Another time during a Holiday we visited Buckfast Abbey which is the home of a Community of Roman Catholic Benedictine monks in Devon, England. We had just lit a candle for Pete and I was in tears walking around the gardens and grounds looked after by the monks. I suddenly looked down and saw a perfect heart in the lichen in the path where I was walking so I took a picture. I am sure it was a sign for why did I look down exactly at that time. I did not...

A Name Says It All

Submitted by Lisa Watson November 2010 Every day we make choices in our lives. We choose what kind of career we want, where we live and even the friends we keep. We don’t necessarily choose who we fall in love with. A combination of events can sometimes lead us to the one we are meant to be with, however, we have no control over the circumstances. When Lisa found the man she wanted to spend the rest of her life with, he came as a package deal. Tim already had a fourteen year old son, Josh, from a previous relationship. Becoming a stepfather or stepmother can sometimes be quite challenging. It is only natural that there will be conflicts and personality clashes until you reach a balance. In order to achieve that balance there has to be a great deal of love, patience, flexibility and respect for one another. In Lisa’s case she was lucky. It only took a few times of butting heads to begin developing their own unique relationship. Josh, or JT, as they called him was a great kid. He accepted Lisa and learned over time to respect and even value her opinions. It is never an easy task to take on the role of a parent with someone else’s child but Lisa loved Tim and grew to love his son Josh with an equal amount of devotion. Josh was your typical teenager, most of which are intelligent children but have other things on their mind besides school work. It is frustrating to see your child who you know has potential, but fails to apply it....

When All Feels Lost

Submitted by Vijayabanu Chandramouli For Vijayabanu, June 16, 2012, would be a day forever etched in her memory. Not because of celebration, or happy events but because of sadness, loss and utter devastation. She and her husband, solemnly summoned by phone to the city of Manipal, stood helplessly as the search was finally called off. Their son, Kiran, or Kiru as he was lovingly called, was missing. He along with two of his college friends, Nikhila and Sharavan had ventured out to Manipalla Lake in the early hours that morning. Finding a paddle boat docked at the lake the three decided to venture out onto the lake. Before long, panic set in as water began filling the boat. Unable to reach shore the boat succumbed to the weight of the water and capsized. Sharavan immediately began swimming back believing his friends were directly behind him. Once at shore it was evident something was very wrong. Kiran, was an excellent swimmer but, as later reported, Nikhila did not know how to swim. In an effort to save her, Kiran too was ultimately claimed by the watery depths. Not until the next day was Vijayabanu able to see her beloved son. His body was recovered from the lake and delivered to the police for investigation. Once released, his mother and father accompanied their son’s still, lifeless body home. Floods of emotion ravaged Vijayabanu. Guilt… she should have done this… not done that… said this… not said that. Despair…the light of her life was gone. And ultimately, grief… how could she carry on without him. This was her child. No matter he...

Sign Revealed On Facebook

Looking back, Vanda Bubear would be the first to acknowledge the similarities between her life and a world-class roller coaster. Filled with highs and lows, she struggled to conquer an overload of senses some would find difficult to even navigate. However, through it all she maintained a healthy attitude finding comfort in her perceptions of what lay beyond these physical boundaries. Her story really begins in 1986. Aside from becoming a bride, Vanda was realizing yet another pinnacle. Finding herself with child, she could hardly contain the excitement. Unfortunately, trouble lurked close at hand. Her first child was born 12 weeks prematurely due to complications. Smitten before ever laying eyes on her newborn son, William, she could little other than love him as he tenuously clung to life. He fought defiantly but the outcome was heartbreaking. After five days, his tiny lung collapsed and his battle was over. This would only be a foreshadowing of the pain to come. Depressed and unsure of her ability to become a mother, Vanda struggled after the loss. Her very words expressed the pain permeating her thoughts, “A whole lifetime of cuddles and kisses never given, words never spoken, ideas never expressed and achievements never realized.” Such is the devastation of losing a life so small. Much to her delight, Vanda finally experienced motherhood again and was blessed with two daughters, Amy and Hannah. Not long after, they welcomed baby brother James. The children spent their childhood in a 400-year old Welsh stone cottage accompanied by a menagerie of creatures big and small. The setting was picturesque with a large stream just beyond...

Hello, I’m Still Here

Submitted by Glenda Pearson November 2011 Chad's fiancee Jennifer Having a child oftentimes changes your entire perception on life. Suddenly you are responsible for the care, protection and nurturing of a helpless little soul. The foundation you help establish in your child’s life is what they will build their future on. As a parent you naturally want what’s best for them. Glenda felt this way and when her son Chad was only 6 months old, she gave her life over to God. She promised to raise him the best she could and instruct him according to God’s word. As her little boy grew she was true to her word and spent a great deal of time with him. They played games that were not only fun but would also help prepare him for life. Over the years and watchful eyes of his parents Chad grew into quite the gentleman. Being self-confident and genuine he made friends quite easily and touched many lives. His whole persona was one of sincerity and compassion with a healthy respect for life and nature. Armed with impeccable values and a close relationship to God there was no doubt their son was destined to have a happy and fulfilled life. Chad was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to study overseas in London. Although Glenda and Larry were very proud and excited for him they still felt a little apprehensive about him being so far from home, much less out of the country. Nevertheless they saw him off with love, praise and lots of hugs. And just as any parent would do they reminded him...

Love Shines Bright

Submitted by Guy Dusseault October 2010   On Sunday June 27, 2004, Guy and his wife Jo-Anne had spent a lovely morning out to breakfast with family. The day was beautiful as they made their way back to his parents’ house. Guy’s sister, Ann, had come for a visit from her home in Georgia. Another sister, June, who was unable to join them for breakfast met them at their parents’ to see Ann off. Upon walking in she commented that she had just heard that a cousin of theirs had been killed last night on his ATV at a gathering for a pig roast. Jo-Anne immediately blurted out that their son Billy had gone to a party last night too and he had an ATV as well. As soon as the words came out of her mouth a panic overcame her. She retrieved her cell phone and attempted to dial his number. Guy and Jo-Anne were so nervous that they found it difficult to recall Billy’s number. Somehow they remembered the number to her son’s best friend and managed to get it dialed. Her heart sank as soon as she heard his voice. She could tell he was emotionally distraught. Right then and there she realized her attempt at reassurance had turned into a dagger of unmerciful pain. Guy saw his wife’s reaction and his world collapsed. The beautiful day they had been enjoying suddenly became gray and ominous. His emotions opened up like a floodgate and triggered his body into action. Desperately trying to escape the truth he just ran and ran. As fatigue and shock set in...