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* GARDEN OF MIRACLES – by Heidi DuPree

One Saturday afternoon shortly before Christmas, my husband and I returned from shopping to find a strange dog in our backyard garden. Our son, Jonathan, had been watching through the window and indicated the dog had not moved from that spot for some time. The dog had a collar, but we couldn’t get anywhere near him to read the tags. As soon as we approached, he yelped and shook in fear, and then ran away.

The garden may not have looked like much in the dead of winter, but it was no ordinary garden. The lost dog had found his way to what I considered sacred ground. Years earlier, building the garden had been a creative outlet when my ability to create another child seemed blocked. Working on the garden became a daily healing ritual, providing solace for my sorrow from years of infertility and early pregnancy losses. In those quiet moments when I laid the stone path and the soldier row of bricks that contained it, and planted the hollies that lined it – all seemed right with the world.

Several years later, the miracle I prayed for in the garden did come true when our family was completed with the birth of our son, Jacob. It made sense that the dog had felt safe in that sacred space. Unfortunately, he was too frightened of us to stay in the backyard sanctuary.

A few hours later, my husband, Robert, was out for a run in our community when he heard a woman calling, “Aussie!  Aussie!” through her open car window as she drove slowly along the road.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Heidi DuPree is a holistic nurse and a certified traditional naturopath passionate about restoring lost knowledge of energy medicine to the Western culture. She seeks to challenge our thinking about life, health, and the nature of miracles. Heidi is a contributing author to the 4th edition of Nurse Entrepreneurs: Tales of Nurses in Business and has just completed the manuscript for her first book The Other Medicine That Really Works. Her blog on transformational healing titled You, Me and My DuPree Knee was inspired by her recent knee replacement surgery.  She lives in Ashburn, Virginia with her husband Robert, her youngest son Jacob, two dogs, and two cats. Visit her website

 

* THE REMARKABLE TALE OF TWO ELEPHANTS – by Lois W. Stern

Over sixty years ago a five year old, wild born elephant named Shirley was captured in her native country of Sumatra and purchased by the Kelly–Miller Circus. Soon thereafter, baby calf Jenny arrived at this same circus. The  bonding between these two was immediate, with Shirley quickly assuming the role of surrogate mother. Sadly the two were separated at the end of that first year.

Shirley spent most of her life traveling the world entertaining circus audiences. In 1975 at age twenty-eight, she was attacked by another elephant while performing for the Lewis Brothers Circus. Her right hind leg was seriously broken, but because it was not set properly, it healed poorly. Regardless of an injury that caused her pain and awkward movements, Shirley was forced to perform in the circus for nearly two more years.

Unfortunately that was not the end of Shirley’s saga. During the last of her performance years, while her circus ship was docked in Nova Scotia, a fire broke out in the engine room. The ship sank, killing two animals. Fortunately Shirley was rescued, but not without further injuries. If you look carefully at her photo, you can still see a large missing chunk from her right ear and several scars on her back, side and feet.

When no longer fit for circus performances, Shirley was sold to the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo in Monroe, LA.  Although normally female elephants live in groups, for safety concerns related to her injuries, Shirley was kept apart and lived alone at the zoo for twenty-two years. The Zoo was generous to Shirley by providing her with a loving environment, but the time came when they felt Shirley could lead a healthier life in a natural habitat. That is when the Zoo contacted The Elephant Sanctuary located in Hohenwald, TN.

Jenny had an equally sad until  . . .

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AM I A FIREMAN YET?

In  Calgary, Alberta a 26-year-old mother stared down at her 6 year old son, who was dying of terminal leukemia.

Although her heart was filled with sadness, she also had a strong feeling of determination. Like most every parent, she wanted her son to grow up and fulfill all his dreams. Now that was no longer possible. The leukemia would see to that. But she still wanted her son’s dream to come true.

She took her son’ s hand and asked, ‘Billy, did you ever think about what you wanted to be once you grew up? Did you ever dream and wish what you would do with your life?’

“Mommy, I always wanted to be a fireman when I grew up.”

Mom smiled back and said, ‘Let’s see if we can make your wish come true.’

Later that day she went to her local fire department in  Calgary, where she met Fireman Bob, who had a heart as big as Alberta

She explained her son’s final wish and asked if it might be possible to give her 6 year-old son a ride around the block on a fire engine.

Fireman Bob said:

“Look, we can do better than that. If you’ll have your son ready at seven o’clock Wednesday morning, we’ll make him an honorary Fireman for the whole day. He can come down to the fire station, eat with us, go out on all the fire calls, the whole nine yards! “

He thought a bit and then continued:

“And if you’ll give us his sizes, we’ll get a real fire uniform for him, with a real fire hat – not a toy – one with the emblem of the Calgary Fire Department on it, and a yellow slicker like we wear and rubber boots. They’re all manufactured right here in  Calgary, so we can get them fast.”

Three days later Fireman Bob picked up Billy, dressed him in his uniform and escorted him from his hospital bed to the waiting hook and ladder truck.

Billy got to sit on the back of the truck and help steer it back to the fire station. He was in heaven. There were three fire calls in  Calgary  that day and Billy got to go out on all three calls.

He rode in the different fire engines, the Paramedic’s’ van, and even the fire chief’s car.

He was also videotaped for the local news program.

Having his dream come true, with all the love and attention that was lavished upon him, so deeply touched Billy, that he lived three months longer than any doctor thought possible.

One night all of his vital signs began to drop dramatically and the head nurse, who believed in the hospice concept that no one should die alone, began to call the family members to the hospital..

Then she remembered the day Billy had spent as a Fireman, so she called the Fire Chief and asked if it would be possible to send a fireman in uniform to the hospital to be with Billy as he made his transition.

The chief replied, ‘We can do better than that. We’ll be there in five minutes.. Will you please do me a favor? When you hear the sirens screaming and see the lights flashing, will you announce over the PA system that there is not a fire? It’s the department coming to see one of its finest members one more time. And will you open the window to his room?”

About five minutes later a Hook and ladder truck arrived at the hospital and extended its ladder up to Billy’s third floor open window.
16 fire-fighters climbed up the ladder into Billy’s room

With his mother’s permission, they hugged him and held him and told him how much they LOVED him. With his dying breath, Billy looked up at the fire chief and said, ‘Chief, am I really a fireman now?’

“Billy, you are, and The Head Chief. God  is holding your hand.”
With those words, Billy smiled and said,
“I know, he’s been holding my hand all day, and the angels have been singing.”

Then he closed his eyes one last time.

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