Saturday, November 23, 2019

Former Student of Mary's

It is so special when I receive kind memories of Mary.  They are little blessings.  I received a little blessing today in the form of an email and want to share it here on my Mary blog, where it belongs, in my treasure chest of  my Mary's "Memories to Cherish".  Thank you John A for taking the time to let us all know what a gift Mary's presence was to you.  She made a difference to so many and she didn't even know it.  Well,  I believe she knows it now.

This is an email from someone who Mary had taught years ago when she was a teacher:


To repeat the title of my email, I'm a student of Mary's who hasn't had the chance to speak with her since my freshman year of high school back in 2001/2002.

I wanted to reach out to her to let her know that I took her lessons to heart, and that I never settled down with the wrong type of woman because of the way she taught us. She always preached that you should find a partner who you could realistically spend the rest of your life with, and she was the only adult in my youth who spoke honestly with us about the difficulties of marrying the right or wrong person.

I was unaware of her passing until I tried to find her decades later, and because I see now that I can't thank her in person for being a hugely positive influence on myself, I want to reach out to you and tell you how your sister impacted a generation of young men and taught us how to respect women while still being men.

She was an incredible woman, a huge influence on me during my younger years, and I don't know how to begin expressing my sympathy for the post of your sister. 

I read through the entirety of your blog, and I feel like I learned so much about a woman who I consider to be a true mentor during my early manhood. Thank you so much.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Hospital Love

I had surgery on my foot today - I had a plantar plate tear that wouldn't heal on its own.  
I've had a few surgeries in the last couple years,  and it never fails,  my sweet sister Mary always, ALWAYS appears.  

As soon as we got to the Hospital, a kind receptionist we met helped us with a parking situation. There was no handicap parking for my husband to park the van.  He insisted he drop me off while he went to find a space further away where no'one could park next to him, allowing the wheelchair ramp to open. He called me a few minutes later and said there was no parking anywhere :(.  oh boy!  Well,  the kind receptionist who heard my call told me to have him come park by the entrance and she would watch his van while he waited with me before I went into surgery.  She was so sweet.  She even came out from behind the desk to help with the situation.  It was a kind offer.  Something inside me nudged me to ask her name and my jaw dropped when she said her name was Mary!! 

Greeted and helped by a Mary and one of my pre op nurses was Mary Ann and then one of my post op nurses was Maria (Italian for Mary)!!! 

OH and a little bonus:  after surgery, they offer to give me some snacks and when they brought me these delicious little bag of gluten free ginger snap cookies by a brand named Lucy,  I knew it was my dear friend Nadia's sister Lucy who I adored and loved instantly.  She had passed away a year ago on December 1st.  I felt very connected to her and was so sad when she suddenly died.  I had hoped her and my Mary would find each other.  Looks like they did.  

It was confirming to know I wasn't alone. πŸ™πŸ‘Ό❌⭕ #LovefromAbove #Angelsamongus

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Sister Signs in a time of need

I've been thinking of my Mary lately and I feel like she's been around a  little more too.  She's always been my cheerleader, especially when I need her most. This was one of those times.

Today I received this positive affirmation that spoke to me and I just knew it was meant for me when it appeared in my social media feed:
Then, as I was headed to an appointment, a big cardinal on a truck crossed my path.

But it was this final sign that confirmed it:
As I was in the waiting area for my appointment, a sweet lady came in with her mom and two young daughters,  one was about 4 and the other had some disabilities that required tubes in the nose and she was still in a stroller. Well, the grandma kept the 4 year old busy by playing with her and talking about her different toys she had with her.  I was so entertained and also intrigued.  I couldn't believe how much she resembled Mary as a toddler.  Very distinct features like my Mary.  I smiled a loving smile at them letting them know I enjoyed their company.  Then, the grandma said the toddlers name.... Can you guess what it was?? Yup, Mary! My heart swelled up and I felt a rush of love flow through me.  Then I looked back at them again and caught  the little sister with disabilities staring at me so I blinked, she blinked back. We blinked to each other with smiles a few more times and then they were called to their appointment.  What a treat.  I feel so blessed and had to share it with whoever would like to hear. There is magic out there, there really is, we just have to keep our eyes and our hearts open to see.  Most importantly  #Believe πŸ‘Ό

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Celebrating DaD

I love celebrating my dad ️ ~ my dad was full of love, wisdom, support, encouragement and  gave the best hugs ever!  

Dear DaD,

I miss you everyday and will love you forever!  
You truly listened to me and I loved it when you told me (so often):. "That's a great idea!"  
Those four words were empowering, they made me feel so special and so smart that my dad thought I had a great idea. Thank you for that!!

I am who I am today because of the power of example you were to me.  Because of you, I love unconditionally, give freely without expecting something in return, enjoy the journey, cherish moments, feel no jealousy or envy, respect myself and live with no judgement.  
Happy Father's Day in Heaven dad!  I'll always be your #1 fan and your little girl!

#FathersDay #Daddyslittlegirl #DadsinHeaven #MydadMyAngel #writetoHeal #neverforgotten #memoriescherished #iamyourlegacy #prouddaughter

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Caring Cardinals - Leesah Marie

On August 4th, 2018, Mary sent me the sweetest Birthday gift.  She connected me to beautiful soul,  Leesah Marie Noon.   
Leesah started a website and a facebook page called Caring Cardinals.  
One of my Little Red Bird fans sent me a personal message with a link to her page.   I reached out to say Hi and we have been non stop connected since.   She is definitely a soul sister.   So funny and synchronistic how I was supposed to be Lisa Marie but my dad changed it to Jennifer Marie before we left the hospital.  I changed my name to Jeni as Leesah changed her name from Lisa to Leesah.  We are twinkies.... she is so fun and funny.  She's showered me with gifts from her Caring Cardinals collection.  I am so blessed.   She loves Mary and everything about us.   She even used Mary's name on her website as an example of one of her cards.   We haven't met yet, but hopefully soon.   
Thank you Mary for bringing me Leesah!

Caring Cardinals

March is Mary month, as she left us to go to heaven in March 2008.   Mary starts showing her presence to me in the most special ways in the poignant months of the year and March is one of them.  This year she is sending a bunny rabbit.  Each morning for the past week I open my front door to a random lil bunny in the middle of my yard.  Thank you sis for forever being by my side, sending me signs and connecting me to wonderful souls.  Most recently,  Leesah Marie Noon, the author and creator of

I am so grateful for her signs, they bring comfort in what could be sad times. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Dime Signs

The Signs are real:
My hubby Chad just found an old recording of Mary talking to me on the phone - the last months in her life back in 2007/2008.  Hearing her voice was mesmerizing.... Like an angel was speaking.  Tears of love rolled down my face.  Such a beautiful sound.  I sat there in my recliner for a few soaking in this memory.  

Then I pushed the recliner down to get up and there was a dime right there at my feet!!!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Visit from Dad

The signs are real:
I sat next to a nice man on my first flight from Corpus to Dallas who looked so much like my dad I was a little shocked. As I was chatting with him, I was amazed at all the similar intrests he had to my dad too... As our quick flight was about to end, I wondered if by chance he had the same name as my dad.  I had to know!  I introduced myself and then held my breath....... until I gasped, as he said his name was David!  My dad's name too!! 
What a beautiful sign from above πŸ‘ΌπŸ™♥

Friday, November 2, 2018

High in the Sky - Signs

High in the sky, on my way to our Mom's surprise 75th Birthday party in TexasπŸ‘ΌπŸ™✈️ It never fails, Mary always sends me a sign when I least expect it! #LovingMaryForever  #neveralone #angelsamongus #signs
.... I wake up and decide to connect to the airlines Wi-Fi and this is the first thing I see on my phone.