Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Day 12....

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome to ~

Day 12

Today....
I have another Prairie Schooler Annual Ornament that was stitched for me by a sweet lady named Lori, who lives in Iowa. It is the 1994 Annual Santa and a part of what I'm calling the 2017 Prairie Schooler Santa Kindness Project. 
LU_PS Santa 1994

Again my heart is just F-U-L-L!

We are halfway through the days of Christmas and today I thought I'd share just a random story that happened to me in the winter of 1996. 

In January of 1996....
I was working at a small hospital about 20 miles from Bloomington, in a small town: Bedford, Indiana. I worked second shift at that time so went to work at 3 p.m. and got off at 11 p.m. I had a 30 minute drive between our home and the hospital and of course if the weather was bad it would take a bit longer. Where I live is very hilly. The glaciers did not come to this little pocket of central/southern Indiana so we have rolling hills. Not much flat...just lots of up and down. This night I was driving home, it had snowed A LOT and during the day it had melted, then the roads refroze and were slick. I was going slow and at a stop light ahead a car turned in front of me running a red light. I had to slam on my brakes and instead of hitting the car that turned illegally in front of me, I ran into the ditch. 

It had snowed a lot that winter....
and I had a car that sat low to the ground. The snow was up to my car windows and I couldn't get out because of the snow pack. Luckily a driver behind me saw the whole thing and he stopped and dug me out but was himself on his way to work and couldn't stay with me. He did however have a cell phone and called the police - remember this is 1996 and cell phones weren't like they are now: they were in briefcases and expensive. (the car that turned in front of me did not stop). So here I was on the side of a highway, in the middle of the night, waiting for the local police to get there, by myself. . . . 

All of the sudden this man came walking up....
I didn't know where he came from...but
he smiled at me and said, "I saw what happened, I was walking my dog over there on that hill." He pointed to the area across the dual highway which was probably like 3 football field lengths from where my car was and the road he spoke of was a rather steep incline. "I saw that you were alone so came over to wait with you until someone came, are you OK?" I said yes, that the police had been called. We chit chatted for 10-15 minutes I guess. I never was scared or afraid of him, I was just thankful someone was waiting with me. The policeman came then and walked up the side of my car and said he would go call a tow, that my car didn't appear damaged. As I was talking to the policeman the man that had been waiting with me came up to my left hand side, just behind me and said, "Well I'm going to go now since he is here to help you." I turned and looked at him and thanked him for waiting with me." I  turned back to the officer who was standing about 10 feet in front of me looking at the front end of my car in the snowbank and he said, "Who are you talking to?" I said, "That man..." and turned to start to point to him and he was no where to be seen. The officer looked at me like I was nuts and said, "What man?" and I said, "The one that came to wait with me. He saw me when he was walking his dog over there..." I pointed to the road that was on a hill across the highway. The officer shrugged and said, "I didn't see any man and we'd be seeing him if he was walking his dog." Then he asked to look inside my car. Where was I coming from, why was I out at this time of night? On and on he questioned me, because I think he thought I was hallucinating or on drugs or something. Why? Because I said a man had been waiting with me and he hadn't seen one and no man went back up the hill with his dog. He had a flashlight and started flashing it on the road across from where we were looking for footprints. There wasn't any. The road he said he'd been walking his dog on didn't have houses on it close to the highway, they were further up the hill like 1/2+ mile. 

To make a long story short....
the tow truck was called, my car got out, and I drove home. It was when I was driving home that I began to think about the whole scenario in my mind. The snow was deep. There would have been foot prints across the highway on the side of the road and then leading to the street on the hill that the man had said he was walking his dog. Yet I didn't see any - nor did the police officer. Where was the dog? Why did the police officer not see the man or hear him talk to me? Just heard my response and ask me who I was talking to. I never felt upset. I only felt peace, a quiet waiting - even though the man was a stranger. I can still, in my mind's eye see his face. He had brown hair, like a russet color - it was longish below his ears sort of like John Denver hair in style. He had a straight nose and smooth skin. He was handsome. He was probably older than I was but not much older - I was 26 at the time and I would have put him at like 33-35. He wore a brown leather bomber style jacket and jeans. He wasn't snow covered on his pants legs, yet should have been to get to where I was. He didn't breathe hard from exertion to get to me, yet it would have been a hike to get there. No footprints.... and he never told me his name....

What do I think?
I think I had an angel encounter. That's what I think. When I think about it rationally...to this day...there should have been foot prints. There were none. There should have been a dog - what dog waits without barking, untied somewhere? Yet there was only this man - no dog, no barking. Even if the policeman didn't see him - why didn't we see him walk back up the hill? We should have seen him walking back up that hill. There was NO PLACE else to go. And why would anyone be out walking their dog on a icy, snowy (nearly blizzard-like conditions) night at 1130 p.m. 1/2 mile from any houses that may have been where he lived? And at at nearly midnight, in the middle of the week?
I believe in God. I believe He has angelic messengers/protectors. I believe one helped me that night.

Angels walk among us, and I met one in a bomber jacket.

Happy Day 12!!!!

Hugs and love in Stitches, 


Vonna xxxx
L&L annual angel
Lavender and Lace 1997 Complimentary Angel 
stitched for the angel that came into my life in 1997 ~ Katie Grace Pfeiffer

35 comments:

  1. Wow, Vonna, that's an awesome story. There's a song that they often play at Christmas. I can't remember who sings, it, but I want to say it's Alabama. It's a country tune, called Angels Among Us. It's a similar story to this. It always makes me think of my daughter, as the first time I heard it, I was in the bathtub, alone and my mood was dismal. I was pregnant with her, and had a terrible itchy rash. I spend HOURS in the tub every day, cause that was the only think that made the itching stop. And I realized SHE was my angel. My sweet baby girl.

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  2. This is a lovely, hopeful story. We all need angels and help sometimes. x

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  3. It is so good to know that they do come when we need help! And that one went to the right person!

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  4. That story sent shivers down my spine Vonna! Amazing. Another lovely PS Santa gift for you. Love the angel for Katie Grace x

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  5. Yup. An angel for sure. You are a blessed lady.

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  6. What a beautiful story. Yes, you were blessed by an angel that snowy night.
    Your santa and angle ornament are lovely.
    Happy day 12 of this glorious season.

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  7. I concur Vonna....one time I was driving on 285 around Atlanta with my infant son in the back seat and I hydroplaned. I knew we were going to be hit. When the car stopped it was right at an exit and I pulled over, cried and drove home. I know God had control of my car that morning. My son was asleep in his car seat and he did not even wake up.

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  8. This story... wow!!!! It gave me chills in the best kind of way. I firmly believe angels walk among us and protect us, and you encountered one who was there because you needed him.

    I have never seen that L&L stitched before. I have the chart--time to add it to my "must stitch" list. It's beautiful! Have a blessed day, Vonna!

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  9. Vonna, Love the angel Katie Grace, have had angels with me many times and so thankful for them.

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  10. Wow Vonna, amazing story. Sounds like there was only one explanation - an angel was indeed sent to watch over you. Xx

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  11. Such an inspiring encounter! It's amazing that God cares so much for us that He sends His angels to protect us. Your posts come just at the right time, Vonna. Thank you.

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  12. Oh Vonna, what a wonderful story you shared. I do believe you had an angel visit. How wonderful!

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  13. Vonna, I believe it was an angel. The Lord offered you protection in the form of this one wearing a bomber jacket. Katie's angel is gorgeous.

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  14. Thank you for sharing your angel story. I believe this. So many people have a hard time believing angel stories.

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  15. Oh. My. Goodness! I'm sitting here with chills. I totally believe you met an angel that night. How awesome!

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  16. That has made me go all cold. If you are certain you weren't concussed then I think there is only conclusion .... your guardian angel. Have you ever tried to find newspaper reports or anything to see if there was an incident there? ... perhaps?

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  17. I have tears in my eyes... what a story! I do believe also that you had an Angel in a bomber jacket encounter. What a fantastic visit just when you needed comfort...wow! Have a Very Merry Christmas!

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  18. It sounds like your guardian angel. What an amazing story. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

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  19. Chills and belief here as I read your story, Vonna. I do believe you had a guardian angel just as I believe my husband had one on his shoulder when he fell and broke his neck two years ago--I do believe in miracles!

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  20. Yes, an angel for sure. I think you were being protected. I love stories like that.

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  21. WOW grandmother Willow - that is an awesome story! I enjoyed reading about your angel encounter. Of course I believe in divine intervention and in God's angels and I also believe in God's protection of his children. Enjoying your Days of Christmas posts. Sorry I missed Katie's special day yesterday Day 11 but I enjoyed seeing the photos. Cheers Mel

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  22. Wonderful story...there are angels all around us. My daughter who had been seriously ill most of her young life, had her angel visit her at one night when she was particularly ill. He patted her leg and told her not to worry...that was 25 years ago and she still remembers it like it was yesterday.

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  23. What a wonderful story. I believe there are angels everywhere. Your story was very inspiring.

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  24. Thanks for sharing your beautiful story. We have so many and I smile every time I'm lucky enough to have a mystery like this happen. You deserved the visit to feel calm while waiting.

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  25. That is a beautiful story Vonna! Angels are among us! Thanks goodness one was with you that day!

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  26. What a wonderful story!

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  27. You absolutely did Vonna! What a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  28. I had chills reading your story. I truly believe an angel was with you to protect you.

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  29. That is an awesome story, and I certainly do believe an angel was there to assist you in that time of crisis! Hugs!

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  30. Thank you for sharing that encounter you had with the angel. God is so generous with his protection that, of course, he sent an angel to protect you!

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  31. Gave me goosebumps!

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  32. I believe. I'm not going to get into it but I had an experience with a vet old lady in Mexico. I am convinced of guardian angels and Gods comfort. I got goose bumps when I read your story

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  33. How blessed you were to have an angelic encounter. I believe they are all around watching over us and show up when we need them the most. God is always there.

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  34. Of all the questions you ask, this is the least convincing: "And why would anyone be out walking their dog on a icy, snowy (nearly blizzard-like conditions) night at 1130 p.m. 1/2 mile from any houses that may have been where he lived?" she said, having walked a dog on an icy, snowy, near blizzard like conditions at 11:30 pm half a mile from her house! Dogs want what dogs want. :)

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  35. I had a lady pull out in front of me in 1992 . I tried to swerve but she hit me. I was knocked out for a bit and when I awoke I heard someone saying you are ok, it will be ok. I could see a man in a check suit with a pocket watch and chain draped like they wore in the old days. I couldn't see his face, but I asked him who he was and he told me Simon. To this day I believe that it was my guardian angel and I call him.Simon. Your story was amazing, I know the angels are out there.

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