Today on July 11th, I am inspired to write my eleventh blog post. The number eleven has been a favorite and significant number to my family. It started for me when I found out my sweet mother-in-law Marilyn La Benz, loved that number. She was married on the 11th of October and after having four bouncing baby boys, her first daughter, Julie, was born on September 11th. I wish she were here so I could ask her again about other important elevens in her lifetime—for I didn’t find out her favorite number was eleven until the last days before her passing to heaven.
Once I found out Marilyn’s favorite number was eleven, I discovered that I too have had significant elevens in my life and so have other members of our family. Sometimes, I think God smiles at us and give us anchor moments with him through little signs that He puts along your journey for you to find. There are lots of different signs He uses for different people. The number eleven happens to be one of the signs for some of the members of my family.
When sharing special memories about Marilyn at Easter a year after Marilyn went to heaven, our family shared some of their personal eleven stories.
My daughter shared that a couple of days after her grandmother’s passing; she had a phantom ring on her cell phone at 1:11pm.
Alexis’ boyfriend, Kameron, shared the most significant story. He was born on November 11th (11/11) and eleven has always been his favorite number too. On his 18th birthday, on 11/11/11, he prayed to God that one day he would find a very special girl to be his girlfriend. He is so happy that God introduced him to Alexis the first week before classes started at ASU.
I got goosebumps and told Kameron that on that same day—11/11/11, my daughter, Alexis, walked across the stage to a standing ovation at Girl Scout National Convention where she delivered a speech about her Gold Award Girl Scout project. She was honored as a National Young Woman of Distinction.
It was this event, along with her good grades, that got her into Barrett, The Honors College at ASU. It was at the Barrett dorm where the two of them met. I am certain God did answer Kameron’s prayer that day with Alexis, and they have been together ever since.
Another anchor moment for me that felt like a hug from God was when my husband finally finished setting up my Anchor Moments website. I had asked Jeff for a couple of weeks to please help me get it set up before I left for a conference on November 13th.
Jeff worked on it a little bit each night and for many hours on Veteran’s Day. After we got the first post up, I looked at the clock and realized it was 11 pm on 11/11/15. It truly flooded my heart with joy!
This week I was saddened that my dear friend, John Power, passed into heaven suddenly. I am happy for him to be in heaven but am so sad for his family and all of us friends who will miss him. John was the most positive friendly person I have ever known.
He had a talent to make everyone feel welcome and special. He always saw the good in people and he served on many committees in our community as well as visiting prisoners to tell them about God’s love and forgiveness. He was a true role model to his family and to all who met him on how to live a life of joyful service to everyone every day.
Friday night, after crying and hugging many of his family members and friends at his visitation, I went to dinner at Kneader’s with my friend Cynthia. After I placed my order, I was told the cost of my meal was $11.11.
My sad heart smiled feeling a hug from God who saw it was breaking. I think Marilyn too was trying to give me a hug from heaven to let me know it is going to be OK. One day we will all meet again.
If you have a special anchor moment that you would like to share, please message me. I would love to hear about the signs you see that God is present in your life and guiding you along your path.