* 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.






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



About loiswstern

I was in education for just over 20 years when I unexpectedly pursued another passion and entered the world of authors and journalists. I have since published two non-fiction, full length books on different aspects of beauty, but also avidly endorse the confluence of Inner and Outer beauty. I have written feature articles for Long Island Beauty Guide and LI Woman, and have served as Editor-at-large for MakeMeHeal.com, the largest Internet site for plastic surgery and beauty needs. I enjoy researching what's new in the world of aesthetics & anti-aging and devote one of my blogs: www.FabulousBeautyBlog.wordpress.com to sharing cutting edge, hype-free information. I devote my second blog to my other passion: writing, collecting and sharing stories to warm the spirit and inspire the soul. To this end, I have created an 'Authors Helping Authors' project/contest, to create books for inspiration, the first of which is titled: Tales 2 Inspire ~ Beyond Coincidence. It is a jewel of a book, filled with inspiring stories and full color original photos and/or drawings. If you're a talented writer with one inspiring story to share, visit www.tales2inspire.com to learn how to participate. FREE to enter. All you need is the talent and perseverance to do so. Lots of positive platform building opportunities for the winners. Learn more at: www.tales2inspire.com.

Posted on November 29, 2012, in Making the World a Better Place, Peaceful Reflections, Tales2Inspire, Tales2Inspire Contest, The Many Dimensions of Beauty and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. Heidi: what a great story, moving and pulled at my heartstrings…Thank you!

    • Maureen, I’m so glad you enjoyed Heidi’s tale, which is an entrant to my TALES2INSPIRE contest. It is always rewarding to discover that others have read and enjoyed one of these tales. I will let Heidi know about you comments. I’m sure she will be pleased!

      Very best,
      Lois W. Stern

  2. Thank you Maureen. I am grateful for the opportunity to share this story through Tales2Inspire. 🙂 ~ Heidi

  3. HI Heidi! I did not realize you were a writer, too. I am sure you remember me from church days.
    Georgiana Hall ( formerly from Culpeper)

  4. What an awesome story. Thank you for sharing it! It was very touching and I really love your style of writing. The pictures are beautiful too and help make the story more personal. I do believe your garden is sacred ground. I remember the first time I sat there, I had been nervous until I walked around it.


    • Cyndi, I am so glad you took the time to read Heidi’s story and that it touched you so. I will let her know. These are exactly the types of stories I have been searching for for authors to submit to my TALES2INSPIRE contest.

      Very best,
      Creator of an “authors helping authors” project

  5. eileen hunter

    What a beautiful story! I too have a garden of miracles, your garden brought you a son and a happy reunion, mine brought me back to life from the cancer demons i was fighting.
    I see you have angels in yours.. I am also surrounded by the angels, they are the miracle workers from above.
    Keep up the good work, would love to read more.
    Eileen Hunter. (my sister in law is Heidi”s sister)
    Scranton, PA.

  6. Cyndi, Georgianna, and Eileen — thank you all so much for your kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed the story and I loved hearing about another miracle garden! ~ Heidi

  7. Rod DiGruttolo

    I loved this story. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Your beautiful story brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing.

  9. This truly is an inspiring tale. As a dog owner I can relate to the joy of being reunited with a beloved pet. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Of course, this is more than a “dog” story. It is a story of the synchronicity folks are so skeptical about in the world. But your story affirms that your family was meant to meet the woman in search of her “traveling” dog. It’s always good to read the writing of others, anecdotes that do indeed help define our humanity in the world.

  11. Really Great story!

    • Hi Amy,
      As creator of the Tales2inspire “Authors Helping Authors” Project/contest, I feel a special pride when others are touched enough by one of their stories to take the time to read and comment. Thank you for your support!
      Warm regards,
      Lois W. Stern

    • Thanks so much Amy! And its a true story!

  12. Rowena Beatty

    I so enjoyed this story. It warmed my heart!

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