It's time once again for those holiday letters which help us share the past year with loved ones who don't live close by. Our chance to remind each other that share the blessing of abundance that the gifts of love and friendship give us. This year I've decided to publish this letter as a blog post instead. For me, 2017 is best described as the Year of Miracles and I hope that you too found this year filled with miraculous moments and memories.
Miracle 1 actually came just before New Year's Eve - my first two paying clients via my website. Both told me that they'd heard my interview which had aired in September 2016 on We Don't Die Radio Show, and each had been drawn by my voice to seek a reading. The readings were both meaningful for these clients and resulted in my first repeat customer.
Miracle 2 – Facebook connection. Shortly after the New Year, a Facebook acquaintance saw pictures I posted of sunrise on Sanibel. We'd both been aware of each other through the group, but now realized that we lived only a few miles apart. Pascha and I learned that we shared many similarities in our spiritual journeys of recent years. Our friendship provided support and spiritual growth through a challenging year. (Click here for more about this friendship and the spiritual / energetic work we did this year).
Miracles 3 – In mid-February, Dad was taken to the hospital due to difficulty breathing. He was admitted to ICU with a collapsed lung, 6 liters of liquid in his chest cavity/abdomen, and what looked like a tumor on his pancreas. We truly thought he might not make it. Our first Dad miracle was that he made it out of ICU after 7 days.
Miracle 4 - He was moved to a rehabilitation care facility (nursing home) and our goal became getting him well enough to come home for what we thought might be a few months of hospice care if we were lucky. In about one month, our second Dad miracle was that he got strong enough to come home from the rehab facility (nursing home). At that time, Mom and I thought that it was possible that this was potentially going to be more of a hospice than a recovery situation. In any case we were grateful and open to more miracles.
Miracle 5 - Tchaco came into our lives. Prior to Dad going into the hospital, I had heard Zorro encouraging me to take Mom to a shelter to find a puppy or young dog. He said she needed another dog but didn’t want to go through having another one die in her house and didn’t want to leave a dog without family if she passed away while the dog was still alive. She said no, but often talked to me about when I would get another dog. One day, for no reason that I can explain, while Dad was in the hospital, I woke up and opened Craigslist listings for dogs for adoption and came to a picture of a 7-week old puppy that reminded me of Scrappy. For two days, I showed Mom and corresponded with the lister. I could feel Scrappy overlaying his energy over this photo and several friends who’d known Scrappy agreed. So despite the timing (with Dad still in the hospital), I drove down to south Naples and adopted what we’d been told was a daschund / chihuaha mix puppy who was painfully thin but full of love. I named him Tchaco (pronounced “Chah-Ko) in honor of a beautiful soul/cowboy I’d known in Brazil and the sacred space called Chaco Canyon in Arizona. I took him home and that night brought a smile to Dad’s face in the nursing home with a visit from the tiny addition to our family. Tchaco stole all of our hearts. As he grew, despite coloring differences, he reminded people more of Scrappy and it became apparent that he’s a rat terrier/Jack Russell mix. He’s definitely not Scrappy but I’m convinced that he was brought to us through Divine Intervention. (Side note: Huge wild fires broke out in the Everglades the day I adopted him and at one point surrounded what had been his home. Interestingly, he has a huge fear of fire which makes him freeze even when he smells smoke from neighbor’s grills or fireplaces).
Miracle 6 – Dad got strong enough to walk on his own and his health improved beyond what we'd imagined possible. Initial visits from the PT and OT indicated that Dad would never be able to walk again without a walker, but today he is able to walk in the house without assistance and takes increasingly longer walks in the neighborhood or outings with only the assistance of a cane or sporty walker. He has regained some of the weight he lost over the past years and he is visibly adding muscle to his arms and legs.
Miracle 7 – Doctors no longer think it’s cancer. While the initial CT scans indicated the possibility of pancreatic cancer with possibly further involvement in the abdominal cavity. Follow up CT scans and MRI indicate much of what had been there had healed and the worst-case scenario was that doctors believed he had slow-growing pancreatic cancer. Dad's most recent checkup leads the gastroenterologist to believe that Dad does not have pancreatic cancer but rather some chronic pancreas-related condition. The doctor told him, "You are one very lucky man! Because when I first met you, I thought you were just about to die." He agreed with Mom that we had witnessed miracles. He told us to continue what we were doing and told Dad to embrace the second chance at life
Miracle 8 - Hurricane Irma dropped in intensity and turned inland in time to spare Fort Myers and the barrier islands from huge devastation. My parents' neighborhood suffered relatively little damage except for one small pocket of houses. Our home lost a few trees or large limbs and a number of screens from the pool cage, as well as all the food from 7 days without electricity, but not the power came back relatively quickly and the house was completely spared.
Miracle 9 – A long-term housesitting opportunity appeared only minutes after I’d told friend that I had decided it was time to return to Wisconsin. After hearing guidance from Spirit that it was time for me to return to Wisconsin, within minutes of me asking friends to keep on the lookout for long-term housesitting opportunities, a friend replied that a friend of hers had just texted her need for someone to house & cat sit while she spent the winter in Florida this year. So I am living with Lorrie this December while she prepares to leave, and I will then cat/house sit until the end of April. Hopefully by then I will be re-established enough to move into my own place again and bring Tchaco to live with me.
Miracle 10 - Dad has not only become visibly stronger, but with my leaving their home, he has taken more initiative in helping with household chores AND for the first time ever has begun to play games (mostly solitaire) on the computer!!!!
Miracle 11 - My drive north from Florida to Wisconsin in late November was not only snow-free, temperatures were in the 60s even in Illinois and Wisconsin as I arrived. The first winter weather arrived on my birthday, but without snow so I was blessed to celebrate my birthday with a bunch of friends and soul family that met me for dinner in downtown Sun Prairie. (Click here for more about the spiritual energetic work that I was called to do on this drive north and since arriving in Wisconsin.)
May each of you be blessed with love, joy and peace during this Holy Days season! From the depth of my heart, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and all the miraculous blessings of the season. May we all be blessed with continued health, joy, love and abundance in the New Year! May the New Year (2018, the Year of the Dog) be filled with miracles!!!
Peace and hugs,