Have you ever noticed how every family has something that is unique to them? A number, a letter, a song, an inside joke? Something that really sets them apart, and they are the only ones who know about it. Ours is the number 14. We never really paid attention to it, but as things began happening in our lives, we realized the number 14 was involved a LOT. My husband and I had our first date February 14. 8 months later, we decided to become a couple on October 14. Our daughter was due on May 20, but arrived on April 14, of 2014. Then we had Atticus. His birthday is 1/14. Right after he came out, I choked out "well, he was meant to be part of our family." No one realized it was the 14th except for me. Right after I said it, my mother said "Is today really the 14th?!" For a long time after his death, I hated that number. I saw it everywhere, and it no longer reminded me of the happy times with it. It reminded me of the one awful time with that number. Then someone told me that the number "4" is the sign of an angel. To that person, you have helped me immensely. Thank you. 14 is OUR number, and we are proud to claim it. The other day, I started looking up bible verses about angels. This is the one I chose for Atticus (and see, 1:14?!)
Hebrews 1:14 "Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?"
I am glad you found a way to reclaim your number so that it no longer makes you as upset when you see it. I am often thankful for small reminders of Josie. For me, its the tinge of purple in the sky when the sun is setting. It doesn't happen often, but I am always convinced its her saying hello to me.
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I had four sons all born on the first of the month and then twins born on the 29th so we joked about how they couldn't wait two days to be like everyone else. Then I went into preterm labor at 19 weeks 5 days with a second set of twins as a surrogate and as I was laboring in the hospital it dawned on me and I turned to my husband and said "it's August 1st today" and he just quietly nodded and said "I know." Somehow I held onto those babies until August 2nd at 1:50 am just ten minutes after their parents arrived from California.
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