Posted by: Kathy | August 4, 2015

Remembering with Balloons

During my brief lunch break, I often take a moment to check out the news. Yesterday, I ran across a story that really touched my heart and I’d like to share.

Balloon Released at Father’s Grave Amazingly Comes Back Home

by Kathryn Robinson

An Oklahoma widow and her daughter who spent their first Father’s Day without dad this year released balloons and a message at his grave site — and may have gotten a “message” back.

The pair was stunned when — after leaving the cemetery, running a few errands, and driving 25 mile back home — the balloon’s note showed up at their house.

Sandy and Saige Seibold are still mourning the loss of Johnny Seibold after he died following a battle with pancreatic cancer earlier this year.

“He was diagnosed in September,” widow Sandy Seibold told NBC station KFOR. “He passed away in May.”

Sandy thought it could be helpful to release balloons with a handwritten note asking the finder to please contact them.

“We thought the idea of sending balloons to heaven sounded good,” Sandy said.

Her daughter, Saige, was upset when the ribbons tying the balloons together at first got caught in a power line.

“I just remember praying, ‘please God. Let these balloons fly for her,” Sandy said. 

Minutes later a gust of wind caught the balloons and took them on their way.

Sandy and Saige left the Sterling cemetery, ran some errands and drove the 25 miles back home to Cement, Oklahoma, KFOR reported.

Once home, Saige went downhill from their house to the pasture where she and her father worked together and spotted her message with the balloons — only a few hundred feet from the house.

“What are the chances?” Sandy said. “I think I started crying. It felt like a message from him.”

Sandy said she and her daughter find it hard to not believe that Johnny sent them a message.

“This has given us a lot of peace and good feelings about where he’s at,” Sandy said.

[from NBC News, August 2, 2015]

The first time we released balloons in memory of my mom was on the 3 month anniversary of her death. Lost and hurting, I thought this would be a nice way to remember my mom. Since then we’ve been releasing balloons on my mom’s birthday, Mother’s Day, the anniversary of her death, and sometimes just because she’s missed. When my daughter was younger, every time she got a balloon from a birthday party she’d asked me if she could give it to Grandmom.

I’m glad that someone who lost a loved one to pancreatic cancer not only released balloons in his memory, but also got a gift back.

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