Dustin’s Batting a Thousand

Dustin’s ‘batting a thousand’ in the after-death communication and sign department, as he makes those he regularly visits smile. 

Pat writes:
“Dustin showed up the other day. I have been taking my neighbor, Lori, to see her hubby everyday at a rehab place. I have made friends with some of the residents there. I was looking for a hat to give Stevie, a 33-year-old man in a wheel chair who can’t talk or write. For some reason we have become friends and he follows me around like at puppy dog.”

“Anyways, I went through all of Dustin’s hat’s looking for a red baseball hat…the Red Sox. I Did not find one, so was looking for a green Celtic hat that I knew he had. It just was not around. So, I put a navy Red Sox hat on a shelf to take the next day. When I got up the next morning, there was the green Celtic hat on the shelf and the Red Sox was on the floor. It was NOT there the night before! So I asked Dustin…do you want me to give Stevie the green one? Is that what you are telling me? I took both hats to the nursing home. And yep…Stevie picked the green one.”

Dustin's Celtic baseball cap

Stevie wearing Dustin’s Celtic baseball cap

“I looked through every hat the night before …one by one..and it was not there. The next morn it was…right on the shelf where I had placed Dustin’s Red Sox hat. I know I did not imagine this one. Signs like this make me smile for days. I know Dustin is always with me. I imagine him laughing from beyond. He is such a character. I hope he never stops.”

“I was thinking about Dustin. He was a very giving soul. Even now he is directing me from beyond who to give away his precious hats to. I have given out 4 of his hats to residents there who wanted them. Cute to see them all wheeling around wearing his hats.”

Then… another experience with Dustin, while Pat was with Stevie at a hospital visit… 
Pat writes: 

“I was visiting Stevie in the hospital the other day. When I came in, he pointed to his tv. It had a relaxing video of waves breaking against rocks in the ocean. No sound… just the picture.”

“A while later, I mentioned how hot his room was and asked about air conditioning. I went on talking to him when he pointed to the tv again. Now on the screen was a video of a ceiling fan going round and round. I said …Stevie, a fan on the tv is not going to cool this room off.”

“Then it dawned on me. This happened right after I said the room was hot. And has anyone ever seen a ceiling fan video going round and round used as a relaxing video? Sure…the ocean, waterfalls, rain falling gently on a pond or forest… but a video of a ceiling fan?”

“The fan video was in black and white. It looked like a security camera video . And security and Dustin went together. The ocean video was in color and produced for tv/mediation. Either way, he made me smile again.”

“So…no question about it. That was Dustin. He somehow managed to get a security film of a ceiling fan on the hospital tv. I guess Dustin heard me and decided to pull a prank… something to let me know he was there with us.”

“Way to go Dustin!”

Dustin

Dustin

Commentary- Since his passing, Dustin has always been very active with many after-death communications and signs he has successfully pulled off. In his variety of them, he shows his continual ingenuity and cute sense of humor. The previous examples continue to bear this out. 

In life, Dustin worked in the security department at Six Flags Amusement park and he took his job seriously. Another thing Dustin took seriously was his sports. His favorite team was the Red Sox. In fact, on one such occasion, Lori, a neighbor of Pat’s, said she was drifting off to sleep one night when, in a vision, she saw Dustin standing in a police uniform looking so happy. He was standing in front of a stadium and all his friends came out cheering behind him. She said she closed her eyes and opened them again and he was still there with his friends. Then, she drifted off to sleep. That was the day she read that Dustin’s beloved Red Sox won.

Stevie with Dustin's Celtic ball cap

Stevie with Dustin’s Celtic ball cap

Dustin collected a lot of sports memorabilia. Since Dustin’s passing, knowing what to do with Dustin’s favorite hats, or shirts, or whatever, has always been an issue for Pat. So, Pat has made some of his shirts into pillow covers to give to friends and family, as she looks for those who would love and appreciate these things from Dustin. The hat for Stevie was no exception. As you see, Dustin knew which hat Stevie would like better than his mom, who actually knew Stevie in life, as he so lovingly put the correct one (Stevie’s true preference) on the shelf for her to take. You know, the shelf where the hat was not, just the night before! It makes me wonder… does Dustin actually move these things through space, as is seen on tv, or does he use the technique of instant disappear and reappear? I’d love to be a fly on that wall!

Some people might imagine Dustin’s habit of moving around stuffed animals and hats to be unnerving, but for those who know Dustin, it serves as a testimony of a life beyond this one. It also lets us know that being “dead” can be fun. At least Dustin makes it fun… and obviously… as you can see, he’s very much alive.

Another time when Pat visited Stevie at the nursing home, she was blown away. There was a band playing. The first song they played was “Sweet Caroline.” This is the Red Sox theme song!

Dustin has exhibited a variety of after-death communications, from manifesting his favorite number, 44, like everywhere. The jaguar (Dustin’s mascot) comes up frequently on a website Pat looks at daily, that lets Pat know he is around. It’s obvious that Dustin gets a kick out of the many signs and after-death communications he is able to deliver, as it so greatly comforts those he loves, but could not take with him. 

Pat says that the black and white hospital footage of the fan on the tv, was actually security footage that Dustin must have piped in, after Pat commented on the heat. Dustin must have chuckled to be able to do that for her and at least give her the illusion that he was trying to cool his mother down in that moment. The fan sign really had Pat laughing. She knew it was Dustin and it made her want to walk the floors of the hospital again until she could find the original fan and maybe take a picture of it this time. About the security footage? Pat says, “Security” was Dustin’s middle name! This was a definite connection.

Dustin knew something about discomfort during his life. Having a bad back, he once had a 10-hour operation on it. Even now, Pat will occasionally receive a recorded phone call that says someone at the number had called about a back brace. Since no one at their home ever wanted a back brace, other than, maybe, Dustin… Pat believes that Dustin is communicating that way, too.

A profile picture of Dustin's

A profile picture of Dustin’s

When Pat gets super depressed or has major fires in life to put out, as she often does, Dustin is her hero that bats a thousand, as he comes through to cheer up his mom. It always makes her smile because she knows that her beloved son is with her, supporting her from beyond and making her laugh and smile.

Heavenly Signs

When Liz gets an after-death communication from her father to reveal his presence, she usually sees it in the sky.

Cross in the sky

Cross in the sky

Liz writes:
“My partner and I were on holiday. On our last afternoon we were having a few drinks in a pub and when I looked into the sky, I saw a cloud formation in the shape of a cross. To be perfectly honest, I was thinking nothing profound. Although I do spend a lot of time thinking about my Dad, and talking to God, at this moment we were just sitting there.”

“But this time, I was quick enough to take a picture, unlike the last time. My partner saw it too, unlike the last time. I believe it was something, but why, who, what?”

 

Cross Close-up

Cross Close-up

“The picture certainly doesn’t look like a coincidental formation. I did a bit of Googling and have seen a few cross pictures, but most have been people trying to make explanations for them. This again, was too clearly something.”

“It’s been over a year, on July 15, since he passed and I’d hoped I’d get something on that day, but I didn’t. I can only feel it (the cross in the sky) was him. It’s pretty clear if you make the picture bigger. Also, it didn’t disappear as fast as the last time, either.”

Commentary- In preparing to write this commentary, I asked Liz if her father was a religious man, to which she said, “Yes.” I thought, “Yep, makes perfect sense to me.”

Many of our departed loved ones give us symbolic signs. Many of them love to use the heavens as a canvas to show the sign to us. Some of these signs include popular examples such as rainbows that appear at the most perfect time, and/or faces, words or symbols that appear in clouds.

In this symbolic after-death communication, Liz’s dad is literally giving her an important sign. He is revealing himself to be in heaven, with God, and wanting Liz to know this. Also, he’s showing that he is looking after her from beyond, even in the most mundane moments of life. He sends his heavenly sign for her to notice, because he loves and cares for his daughter who still remains in this Earthly realm.

So, to me, this well-defined cross in the sky, that Liz just happened to notice, easily answers the questions she asks of who, what and why. 

To read about Liz’s other heavenly sign, “Hi” From Heaven.

 

Angels of Heaven and Earth

When Amy looks at her childhood Bible, after 40 years, she realizes that one of her deceased ‘Air Force Dads’ has watched over her for years.

Amy writes:

Carl

Carl

“Last Memorial Day weekend, I had been thinking about all of my Air Force Dads, including my own Dad. In military life, you make fast friends and everyone is close. Several of the men that my dad flew with are like second fathers to me.”

“Captain Carl Hunt was on my mind that weekend. I had been thinking of him as the day approached. Carl died before I ever met him. He died in a training accident in 1959 when a Canadian F-102 collided with the B47 he was in.”

 

Amy's Parents with Carl's children

Amy’s Parents with Carl’s children

“After his death, my parents took good care of his wife and two children. We are all still good friends today. I’ve taken over looking after Carl’s widow, JoAnne. That was something my parents did and especially my dad until he crossed over. Last summer I went to California to visit Carl’s family. The last day I was there – long story short, JoAnne went into a diabetic coma very early in the morning. Although I was three floors down from her, and was the only one in the house who heard her and woke up, I got the others up so they could call the paramedics, saving her life.”

“Carl is buried in Oklahoma, which is about a 4-hour trip from my house and I was thinking that weekend, that I really needed to go see his burial site as I had never seen it, except in pictures. Carl’s family lives out of state and I felt that someone should go and let him know that we appreciate his military service and he is loved. I remember telling him out loud, “Carl, I’ll get up there to see you and give you the flags and flowers you deserve.”

“Anyway, while having all of this on my mind, I was going through some stuff in my closet and ran across the Bible one of my parents gave me in February 1970.  It had stayed over at my Dad’s house all these years—I brought it home with me when I cleared out his house after his passing.”

Amy's Bible

Amy’s Bible

“You can see in my Bible where I wrote down deaths of loved ones. Though I never met Carl in person— I knew his family, and I knew he was my Dad’s best friend. I had heard all the stories. When I looked in my Bible, I noticed that Carl’s passing had found its way in my Bible, listed along with other loved ones. You can see Dad’s handwriting where he helped me with the date.”

“Meditating over this, I was thinking about going to see Carl’s gravesite. Then, paging though the Bible, I found a 4-leaf clover that I must have put in there as a kid. Meditating more – I opened another page and there was another 4-leaf clover. Then, almost seconds later, I opened up to another one. I have no recollection of putting these clovers in the bible, but I’m sure I put them there between 1970 and 1976, given, that is when we lived in States, where clover is plentiful.”

Amy's 4-leaf clover

Amy’s 4-leaf clover

Amy's clover

Amy’s clover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I had to get ready to go to a family wedding. I stopped at a store and on the way in, I found a  penny in the parking lot. I get those frequently from Dad. So, this penny assured me that I was having an ADC from Carl, and maybe Dad as well.”

“I went to the family wedding and later that evening I returned to looking at the Bible. Then, I found two (2) more 4-leaf clovers. That is when I KNEW – that Carl helped me collect those 4-leaf clovers over the years. That is when I started snapping the pictures that I include in this post. As you can imagine, the clovers are very dry and fragile so I didn’t want to remove them from their place.  So I took the pictures to document 5 separate clovers in various pages of the Bible.”

“This ADC tells me that Carl was sending me messages when I was a young child. I believe he helped me find those 4-leaf clovers, unbeknownst to me, all those years ago and it was him who helped me find them, pick them and save them to find later on. Maybe Carl liked that I had a small memorial for him in my Bible. Maybe he was just hanging around taking care of his best friend and his family — who knows? But, it is evident to me that he was with me. I didn’t realize this until this past Memorial Day weekend, almost 40 years later! I think Carl waited for the right time to show those clovers to me again. I think he was saying, “Thanks for remembering me.” “Thanks for taking care of my family.” “Thanks for saving Joanne’s life.” And… ” Yes, I’d love for you to come see my gravesite someday.”

Commentary- Christian folk tale tells the story that when Eve was made to leave the Garden of Eden, she took a 4-leaf clover with her to remember her beautiful garden home. It is said that anyone who is lucky enough to possess a 4-leaf clover has a piece of this blessed Paradise. According to some, even finding a 4-leaf clover is so rare that the chance of finding one is estimated at 1 in every 5,000 to 10,000. And, Amy has five? Certainly, with these odds, little Amy had some help.

Carl's Grave

Carl’s Grave

Last Memorial day, the memory of an Air Force father of Amy’s, was specifically in her thoughts. She had never made Carl’s acquaintance because he died before she was born, but there he was, ever-present and on her mind. Being her father’s best friend and having heard all the stories of their youth and time in the service together, Amy felt like she knew Carl, just the same.

Then, with a meditative mind, she started looking through her childhood Bible to find a short obituary honoring this man she never met, along with the lucky 4-leaf clovers. She wondered if her Air Force dad, Carl, was reaching out through time (a space of 40 years), to convey a message to her.

But on her way to a family wedding, when she found the quintessential coin on her path. Her wondering became more of a suspicion, as pennies on Amy’s path have come to represent to her a sign that her loved ones are around, watching over her with love.

It wasn’t until Amy got home and took up her Bible again and she found more 4-leaf clovers that she absolutely knew it was Carl sending her a message. When this type of after-death communication happens, you just know it in your bones. It is a strong feeling or realization that you have been singled out. This “being hit with a ton of bricks” type realization, is so clear that you can’t mistake it. It says, “Pay attention! I’m talking to YOU!”

B47 Carl and Gordon flew

B47 Carl and Gordon flew

After Carl’s B47 plane accident, Amy’s family took Carl’s family under their wings, to support, encourage, protect them in their time of need. Although Amy’s folks have crossed over already, Amy continues this act of love, even today. Throughout the years, I’m sure Carl, along with his family consider the constant love and caring for them a Godsend; as truly Amy’s family have been Earth Angels, doing what Earth Angels do.

I wonder. What if… besides watching over his own family from beyond, Carl was a guardian angel for his best friend, Gordon Addy’s, family too. Because… that’s what Guardian Angels do. What if Carl is a Godsend who watches over the families he loves? Supporting, Encouraging and Protecting them, the way the Addy’s did for his family. This seems to be the case.

Carl's Family

Carl’s Family

For sure Carl has always been grateful for the great love and care given to his family after his passing, especially that Amy saved his wife, Joanne’s, life. I’m sure, while saying thanks to Amy, and indicating he was around recently, as well as so many years ago, helping Amy find those 4-leaf clovers which are a symbol of the paradise that Heaven is, this Air Force Dad also inadvertently revealed his cover as her Guardian Angel, too.

An interesting side note- Five months after Amy submitted her experience to me, and me being very busy with many other posts at the time, just recently I was prompted by a strong feeling to immediately start working on this post for Amy. I sent her a text notifying her of such and asked her a few questions for clarification. This is what Amy wrote back. 

Honorable Mention of Carl

Honorable Mention of Carl

“It’s interesting you texted me. I visited a memorial at Little Rock AFB this past weekend. Here is Carl’s name. The Air Force got his name incorrect on this. Should be Carlton. Everyone called him Carl.”

“I felt Carl’s presence earlier today. No lie. I talked to him out loud and said, “Carl, I never met you but I know you love me.” I sent these pictures to his daughter yesterday and she was thrilled, said she had never seen her dad’s name listed on any memorial. So in some way, Carl is making sure we know he is around.”

 

B47 Amy's father flew

B47 Amy’s father flew

“This is the plane he had the accident in. B47. My dad also flew this plane. The plane is the actual plane my dad flew. The tail number ties back to flight logs. It’s huge and hard to get in one photo.”

“….Then, you text asking these questions – the exact weekend I was visiting his memorial site at Little Rock Air Force Base?  Not a coincidence. He was with you as you were writing about him and was with me as I was getting pictures of his memorial for his family.

 

Carl's Family

Carl’s Family

Carl's Family

Carl’s Family

Carl's Family

Carl’s Family

High Flight Honor for those who died in B-47 accidents

High Flight Honor for those who died in B-47 accidents

Memorial for Gordon Addy- Amy's Dad

Memorial for Gordon Addy- Amy’s Dad