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Sometimes It's the Little Things That Get you Through Your Day

dads mothThere are times when life just seems overwhelming. 

We have to deal with bills, jobs, gas, food, health issues and relationships. It's an uphill struggle just to make it through the day. The nights are sometimes sleepless ones with worries that absolutely leave us terrified and shaking!

As we put one foot in front of the other we try to find a way to cope or just to try and make sense of why we are all on separate roads of discovery. We are all dealing with hardships.

Many years ago when Dad was working at the family business he found a huge beautiful moth that had died and he brought it home to me. I had never seen one like it. I kept it in my room for years. I have a specific memory of that moth and of Dad. Somehow, I always connected the two.   

One night last year I was going through a trying time in my life. I was out at a Mexican Restaurant with a best friend. As we sat there talking and working through my problems, a huge moth just like the one Dad had given me landed on the window. His colorful wings were outstretched and he stayed right there. I was astonished! It was exactly the same type! What are the chances that this would happen? Now I've only seen two of these in my life. Back then when he gave it to me... and then!

As soon as I saw it, I felt Dad was with me. He had sent the moth as a sign that he was still watching over me. When I told my girlfriend, she said the hairs on her neck stood up and she felt it too. She had never seen one of these moths in her life. We watched in amazement as he stayed there on the window for a long time. I was comforted in this small way that I was not alone.

A few weeks ago, another huge moth came right to my house and stayed on either my front door wreath or beside the door frame. He would be here every morning and vanish during the day. Every night he came back and stayed till dawn. This went on over 2 weeks time.

Now what are the chances that the same moth keeps revisiting like a bird?

I have no idea. What was comforting was that there were many things I was going through and on top of that, my dog Chanel was in the hospital. It has been stressful every day.

Each night the moth continued his vigil. I was comforted each morning when I went to see if he was still there. He always was.

The day Chanel was released to come home for the weekend he hasn't been back.

Do I dare to think that the dangerous time has passed and things will be better?

Maybe all the prayers of the past week have helped her. I desperately want that to be true. Please keep Chanel in your prayers. I do condition updates on this blog post.

The moth comforts when I need to feel like Dad is still watching over me. He sends the moth to remind me that I am protected, loved and things will be alright if I stay positive.

Sometimes it's the little things that get you through your day. 

Comment balloon 18 commentsLizette Fitzpatrick • September 14 2008 11:20AM


Lizette, You know that Dad is watching over you and you are recognizing his spirit while you are going through trying times. I am going to read your post on Chanel while wishing her a speedy recovery.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 11 years ago

I am glad to read that Chanel did get to come home for weekend.   I have been continuing to pray for you both.

Your Daddy is watching over you;  he always will.    You will see him again someday and he'll tell you in person!

Posted by Connie King almost 11 years ago

Lizette--My father was told a similar story about one of his friends who had passed. His wife said that for years he had an ongoing battle with a woodpecker who was damaging their home. He finally put up a piece of tin and the bird didn't return until a few days after he died. I think your Dad wants you to know he is with you....I am so sorry Chanel isn't well. I know that she means the world to you. You will both be in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) almost 11 years ago

Margaret - Thanks, It means a lot to me that you care. Chanel needs your wellwishes. She's a sweet little thing.

Connie - We are both going to see you soon. I've told Chanel that we are. So she is going to get well in time to go. Keepher in your prayers.

Teri - I really do belive that kind of thing happens. Many times we just forget to look for it. Thank you for keeping Chanel in your prayers. It's really been hard.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) almost 11 years ago

Lizette~  We have been without power for 2 day, and still don't have any.  I ran into the office real quick to check my email and went straight to your blog!  I am so glad Chanel got to come home!  Is she ok now?  Are you ok? 

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) almost 11 years ago

Lizette- I am so touched by your story and am happy that Chanel is with you.  Your love and devotion are so wonderful, I lost my Jackson last week.  He was the best dog I ever had and I like to think he is with me in every breath.  God Bless you! 

Posted by Jane Page Thompson (Aiken Properties) almost 11 years ago

It is a beautiful touching post. I wish Chanel a speedy recovery.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 11 years ago

Lizette- I absolutely believe that your father was there with you.  As I read this, I smiled for the sense of securrity you had during those 2 weeks that the moth kept coming back.  I also felt a tug at my heart for take care of you; these trying times will end.

Posted by Kathy McGraw, Riverside County CA Real Estate (CELLing Realty) almost 11 years ago

Lizette, similiar things have happened to me as well, and I always think of my Grandpa.  I hope Chanel recovers soon.

Posted by Kristina Pratt, REALTOR - SFR - (St. Louis' Illinois Suburbs - RE/MAX Preferred Partners) almost 11 years ago

Vicki - Thanks for checking. I sent you an email on Chanel's progress.

Jane - I'm so sorry you had to lose Jackson. I know there's not much that can heal your aching heart. We care! Lizette & Chanel

Kathy - It's funny now I look outside each day to see if he is back. No such luck. Hopefully, bad times are over too.

Kristina - Thank you. I appreciate you stopping by.


Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) almost 11 years ago

God works in mysterious ways. I'm so very happy that your Dad was able to send you a message of hope, encouragement and love. We are all rooting for you both, sweetie pie. Hang in there... Love, C.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Yes, that is truly amazing. I think God knew that would comfort you.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 11 years ago

Carolyn - The last 2 weeks have been difficult ones. I always felt Dad was keeping an eye on me. Thanks for all your support.

Missy - I think so too.


Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 10 years ago

Lizette, you are very welcome. Enjoy your day, sweetie. I will check in with you later. <3 C. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Lizette, I was sitting here having a pitty party for myself about my finances and then somebody sent me pictures of the devestation that Hurricane Ike left and then I opened up your blog and am kicking myself in the butt that I don't have it so bad after all. I wish you and Chanel the best! Thanks for such a moving story, it puts everything in perepective.- Christine  :)

Posted by Christine Pankey (Maracay Homes) over 10 years ago

Christine - It's funny right before some of my problems hit, I felt like I was on top of the world. I had my plan, I was motivated, excited to get out of bed each day...then I had all the $#!* hit the fan. My little angel being sick and almost dying put it back into focus for me. I knew I had the power to change things. Thanks God we are alive today and enjoying the blessing of a good life, great friends and a job. Just put your eyes on the steps to getting what you want. Failure is NOT an option. You can do it. Pleas stay in touch. We care.   

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 10 years ago

Lizette, this post  is really touching because my dad died many years ago...and very similar occurrences happened and still do with our family members - the "sign"/presence is through ladybugs rather than a moth - but so comforting when the unexplained is just too ironic to be coincidence time and again...the little things as you say,.... thanks for bringing to mind somw wonderful memories. 

Posted by Teresa Berry over 10 years ago

Teresa- It's interesting that these small things that happen can bring back happy moments with a loved one. Sometimes that's all we need to move forward. Your Dad seems to watching over you too!

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 10 years ago

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