This visit came to Paula, Nick's best friend's mom. She knew Melissa very well. Paula also lost a sister, and Paula is a believer in communicating with lost loved ones too.
We haven't seen Paula in a long time until recently - her granddaughter, Emily (Mike's daughter) is a cheerleader for Andrew's team. So we've seen her at a couple of games. But she hasn't been to our house in probably 20 years, and did not know about the importance of butterflies to us.
A couple of weeks ago, one of her sisters was cleaning out a house of a hoarder. She gave a lot of things to Paula, which she would go through and either keep, pitch or give to AmVets. She was putting this box on the pile for AmVets, and she suddenly had this overwhelming feeling that Melissa was there. Then she heard Melissa say "give it to my mom. she'll want it." Paula did not tell her husband, her son Mike or anyone. She really felt like they would all think she was crazy. But she knew she wanted to get it to me - and she knew she would see us at the football game.
So she comes over, hands me this bag with a box in it and says "I have no idea why, but Melissa wanted me to give this to you..."
When I opened it, she said "Does it mean anything to you?"
Of course, if you've been to our house (and Paula hasn't for a LONG time) you would know that there are butterflys everywhere here. Even in our backyard - several solar butterflies surrounding the backyard. She had no idea.
I have no doubt that Melissa visited Paula and told her to give them to me...because Melissa would KNOW that I would know it was her!
She comes through pretty strong still.
We couldn't be happier....a great way to start an otherwise dreary Saturday - Andrew's team wins and we get a gift from Melissa.
It's going to be a great weekend!