Saturday, January 16, 2010

Angels Among Us

I totally believe in angels. I believe that signs are given to us all the time and it is up to us to open our eyes up to see what is being said. Now, I know that not everyone is going to share in my belief, and that is ok. Just let me share some things with you, if I may.

First, a little background. When my dad passed away on Sept. 30 of this year, it was a day that would change our lives forever, of course. Being there with family at the time of Dad's passing was a gift to us all. As my mom put it, "Dad made dying very easy on us all." And he did. He was his fiesty self until the very end. He never lost his humor, his compassion, or his faith. He knew where he was going, and he was not a bit afraid. He hated the thought of leaving us behind, but he also knew that we would be in good hands, and he would see to it that we were watched over. Before he died, Brian and I were in the room with him alone for a bit. I felt that I really wanted and needed Dad to know that it was ok for him to die. At this point he was in a coma and non responsive to us. But, I was hoping and praying that he could still hear us. I whispered in his ear how much I loved him and how proud I was of him. I told him that I wanted him to go when he was ready, and that we would be ok. I told him that I was so glad that Ellie and Reid would be watched over by such an important angel to us all. Nothing meant more to Dad than family, and in my heart of hearts, I just know that he surrounds us every day.

My dad passed away less than an hour after I told him that we would be ok. Less than one hour. My brother was not in the room at the exact moment when Dad passed. He was in the hallway. We got him in to the room right away to be with us. Kevin was sitting opposite my mom and I on the other side of Dad. Kevin did not share his story with me about this time until quite a bit later. I want to share it with you. You need to first understand that my dad and brother became very close through this illness. Kevin was always there with my mom for dad. Kevin was the only one who could make dad comfy in that less than comfy hospital bed. Kevin was the only one who could rub his legs to make the pain cease. Kevin was the only one who could pick the music that eased Dad's heavy heart. My dad was so very proud of Kevin. And I am so glad Kevin got to hear Dad say this to him. That was important.

Kevin told me a few weeks after Dad's passing that he saw something about 10 minutes after Dad passed. Kevin said that he saw 3 bold, circular, swirling bands of light that encircled Dad over and over again. He distinctly saw 3. He watched the clock and estimates that this went on for about 10-15 seconds. Then, they swirled to the ceiling, encircled the room that we were all in with Dad, and then disappeared. Then, at the funeral, Kevin again saw just one beam of light that encircled the casket several times during the prayer portion of the serivce right before the choir was to sing. It then circled the choir and disapperared. (My dad was the Minister of Music at our church for over 30 years). How appropriate, right?

Well, then recently we have been going through and putting away pictures. I just want to share 2 of them with you, and show you that our angel is indeed taking good care of us all. Miss you and love you, Dad.

Psalm 91:11-13 For God commands the angels to guard you in all your ways.

This picture was taken at Thanksgiving. I am sitting, my sister in law is in the upper left, my brother next to her, and my cousin, Ben. Look at Kevin's shirt on his upper right side. See the perfect circle of light there?

This is my dad's side of the family that we got together with for Christmas. As I said, family was everything to my dad. Look in the upper left hand side of the photo. Above my Uncle Larry's head.....see the perfect white circle? By the way, this was our candid shot of the family. Look how cute my mom is....right smack in the center with the blue sweater on. I think she is the only one posed normally. My cousin Lori noticed the circle. I never even noticed it.

Brian was taking this picture showing how easy Reid can escape from our basement if he would like to. He has mastered the door knob, as Sophie looks on. Look past Reid above the little blue chair and on the back wall. Do you see 2 round cirles of light? These pictures were taken with 3 different cameras. No lens issues are present. One camera is brand new. It comforts me to know that Dad is not as far as he seems after all. What do you think?


Allison said...

I noticed the circle in the second picture when you posted it the first time, and thought it was your dad. I definitely believe in angels. What a blessing to know our loved ones are always with us.

steph said...

WOW!!! Yep, I definitely believe there are angels among us and it is such a comfort to have them there.

Joy Howse said...

These come up in our pictures often since my dad and brother passed away, and I do believe it is them. My sis often has these images on her pictures that she takes in her backyard in the later afternoon because her house was built right in front of an old native american burial ground. Kinda weird stuff but confirmation each time I see them.

Vanessa said...

I also believe in angels. How wonderful that you have this comfort. The peace that comes from God is like no other. Having lost both of my parents, I am so grateful that even in your grieving, you have this amazing comfort. God is good. Always. Love you!

John, Shannon, Broderick, Camden, and Adalynn said...

so cool!!!! Definitely your dad watching over you all and letting you know that he is STILL with you!! Many blessings to your family from us!

Hello, and welcome to my page! I am so glad you are here. I am going to try and show you the average life of a 5 year old from my perspective. Mommy and Daddy will help me along the way if I get stuck.

Let me first introduce my family to you. I am Ellie. I am a 6 year old. I live in Ohio with my Mommy, Daddy, little brother Reid, and dog, Sophie. My mommy is a teacher. She teaches nine and ten year olds and loves it. She has been teaching for twelve years. My daddy works with computers. He works hard everyday.

We all love spending time together. I have wonderful grandparents and a terrific extended family. I am a very lucky girl. Thank you for visiting my page. Write to me any time. I love getting mail!!!

Many blessing to you all.

Little Ski (Ellie)

Mommy and me having cuddle time at Hocking Hills.

Told ya, my hair can be wild! And you thought I was kidding!

Hmmm, Blue's Brother's perhaps?